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Postdoc: Uppsala University on Meiotic Drive in Fungi

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN THE EVOLUTION OF MEIOTIC DRIVE

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the research group of professor Hanna Johannesson, at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University.

Conflicts arising from selfish genetic elements are important drivers for evolutionary change and innovation, and thus of crucial importance for genetic form and function.  The main goal of this project is to study the evolutionary dynamics of meiotic drive in fungi.  The study system is the Spore killers of Podospora anserina, a filamentous ascomycete. The ultimate aim of our research group is to combine large-scale genomic analyses with theoretical and experimental investigations to study the evolutionary dynamics of this meiotic drive system, both on a short and a long evolutionary timescale. This postdoc project will be developed after the interest of the applicant, but should preferably encompass a combination of experimental and genomic aspects. It will be a part of a collaborative effort within our research group.

Applicants should have a PhD in biology/evolutionary biology. Documented skills in molecular phylogenetics and/or population genetics, experimental and genomic work, especially using fungal model systems, is highly valued.

Start date is flexible, ideally February 1, 2016. The position may be
extended for up to two more years.

Please send your application materials by November 25 to
Hanna.Johannesson@ebc.uu.se. The application shall include: 1) a cover letter stating research interests, 2) a CV, including publication
record, 3) a short (1-2 page) description of research accomplishments, and 4) name and contact information for three references.

Please feel free to contact me at the above listed e-mail with
questions.

Postdoc: Molecular plant-pathogen interactions

A postdoctoral position is available for three years in the field of molecular biology of plant pathogen interactions with the Max Planck research group “Environmental Genomics” headed by Prof. Eva H. Stukenbrock. The Max Planck group is affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön and the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel in the North of Germany. The position is compensated at TV-L 13 (depending on qualifications), covers 38,7h/week and includes teaching.

Start of the position is January 2016.

Background
We study the evolution and specialization of pathogens to new hosts and new environments, and integrate functional and experimental analyses with evolutionary genomics and transcriptome analyses to dissect the adaptive processes in plant pathogens. The project outlined for this post doc position aims at understanding the underlying molecular basis of host specialization of a fungal plant pathogen. As model system we use a group of closely related grass pathogens, Zymoseptoria spp., including the prominent wheat pathogen Z. tritici. Using evolutionary genomics and comparative transcriptome analyses, we have identified a number of candidate genes, which may have been instrumental for the specialization to distinct grass hosts. This includes genes, which have either diverged extremely between pathogen species, or genes, which show host-specific gene regulation. So far the functional role, of these genes as host determinants is unknown, but will be addressed in the research conducted by the post doc candidate. The post doc candidate will design and apply functional and experimental approaches to dissect the role of candidate genes in Zymoseptoria spp. The study will include the characterization of fungal mutants as well as the role of candidate proteins in host infection. A central goal will be to identify target proteins in the host to link protein function to evolutionary changes in sequences or expression patterns among pathogen species.

Description
The candidate must have a PhD degree in molecular or cell biology or biochemistry and must have a proven record of independent research. Experience with functional genetic studies and fungal transformation are required. Experience in protein-protein interaction assays (e.g. yeast two-hybrid assays), confocal microscopy and phenotypic assays with plant pathogens are desirable. Good presentation, writing, computing and organizational skills and the ability to work independently are a must.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team of biologists (molecular biologists, evolutionary biologists and population geneticists) as well as to pursue unique research in the field of molecular plant-pathogen interactions. For further information regarding the position please contact Eva Stukenbrock (estukenbrock@bot.unikiel.de).

The University strives for a high proportion of women in research and teaching. Applications from qualified female scientists are therefore particularly encouraged. Applications from candidates with migration background are welcome. Disabled persons will be given preference in filling vacancies within the existing legal provisions if equally qualified.

Relevant Literature
Stukenbrock EH, Bataillon T, Duthei JY, Hansen TT, Li R, Zala M, McDonald BA, Wang J, Schierup MH (2011). The making of a new pathogen: Insights from comparative population genomics of the domesticated wheat pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola and its wild sister species. Genome Research 21.12 (2011): 2157-2166

 Poppe, Stephan, et al. “Rapidly Evolving Genes Are Key Players in Host Specialization and Virulence of the Fungal Wheat Pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici (Mycosphaerella graminicola).” PLoS Pathog 11.7 (2015): e1005055.

Dong, Suomeng, et al. “Effector specialization in a lineage of the Irish potato famine pathogen.” Science 343.6170 (2014): 552-555.

Application Interested candidates should send a motivation letter including a description of current research directions, an up-to-date CV (excluding photo), together with the names and the contact information of at least two references to Eva H. Stukenbrock as pdf. Application deadline is November 13th, 2015.

Job: Research Microbiologist (microbial ecology) at USDA-ARS in Peoria, IL

The USDA, ARS, Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit (MPM) in Peoria, IL is seeking a permanent, full-time Research Microbiologist to develop an innovative and productive research program on microbial ecology and diversity as part of a project to reveal how cereal crops, the cereal microbiome, and climate interact with mycotoxigenic fungi during infection to influence mycotoxin production and contamination. The goal of this research is to develop information and novel approaches to reduce mycotoxin contamination of food. The successful candidate will join a large and diverse group of scientists conducting research in molecular biology, microbiology, evolutionary biology, chemistry, and plant biology to produce information and technologies needed to enhance food safety and crop production in the U.S. and around the world.

U.S. Citizenship is required. For further information and complete application instructions, go to the USAJobs Web site: https://www.usajobs.gov/JobSearch/Search/GetResults?OrganizationID=AG03 and refer to announcement number ARS-D15E-0651.

Applications must be received by the closing date of October 20, 2015.

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Postdoc: Population genomics and speciation in fungal pathogens

Post-doc position in genomics of introgressions in fungal pathogens

[from EvolDir]

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the Research Institute of Horticulture and Seeds. The position is for 1 year starting as soon as January 2016.

The Postdoc will conduct his research in the field of population genomics of secondary contacts and introgression in two fungal pathogens: Venturia inaequalis, an ascomycete responsible of the apple scab, and the Scedosporium apiospermum species complex which is responsible for pulmonary infections in children with cystic fibrosis.

The Postdoc will have to identify genomics regions involved in introgression between divergent populations of Venturia inaequalis and Scedosporium species. Indeed, secondary contacts between divergent genomics pools may favour the creation of new genetic combination of loci involved in pathogenicity. New hybrids should then exhibit hitherto unseen epidemiological properties. The Postdoc will work in a team involved in several projects of genetics or genomics, functional genomics, and evolutionary epidemiology (IRHS – ECOFUN team).

Using resequenced genomes (89 for V. inaequalis and 23 for the Scedosporium species complex), the Postdoc will be in charge of the assembling, genome aligning and SNP calling, prior to population genomics analyses. The Postdoc will have to infer evolutionary histories at the interspecies and species levels for both datasets, identify and characterise genomic regions involved in introgressions. He [or she] will possibly collaborate with all the researchers involved in this project : population geneticists, microbiologists, functional genomicists, phytopathologists.

We are looking for a candidate with a keen interest for population genomics and evolutionary history in structured populations. The candidate must hold a PhD in population genomics with strong skills in bioinformatics (manipulation of NGS data, assembling, demographic inferences). Good written communication skill and ability to work as part of a team are required.

How to apply:
Applicants should submit

  1.  a cover letter describing their research interests and background,
  2.  a detailed CV (including list of publications), and
  3. the contact details of three references to bruno.lecam@angers.inra.fr or christophe.lemaire@univ-angers.fr. The cover letter should also include possible starting dates.

Job: Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Clark University

Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Biology Department, Clark University
*Review of applications will begin November 1, 2015*

The Department of Biology at Clark University, Worcester MA (www.clarku.edu/departments/biology/) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2016. The successful candidate will have research space in the LEED-certified Lasry Center for Biosciences and is expected to develop an externally-funded research program involving Ph.D., MS, and undergraduate students in Biology or in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB). Postdoctoral experience and evidence of external funding success are desired. Promise of teaching excellence at undergraduate and graduate levels is expected. Any area of microbiology will be considered, although preference will be given to those incorporating genome-enabled approaches in their research. The successful candidate will teach microbiology and courses in their area of expertise.

Clark University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity university and we strongly encourage women and members of minority groups to apply. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and three key publications in one electronic file.  Three letters of reference should be submitted electronically by the referees to the Microbiology Search Committee(microbiology@clarku.edu). Letters can also be mailed to the Chair of the Microbiology Search Committee, Department of Biology, Clark University, 950 Main St, Worcester, MA 01610-1477.  E-mail inquiries may be directed to Justin Thackeray (jthackeray@clarku.edu).  Review of applications will begin November 1, 2015.

Postdoc: POSITION IN EUKARYOTE GENOME EVOLUTION

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN EUKARYOTE GENOME EVOLUTION

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the research group of professor Hanna Johannesson, at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University.

State-of-the art sequencing technology has opened opportunities to comprehensively investigate structural variants (SVs: such as deletions, insertions, duplications, inversions and translocations) in genomes of natural populations. Such SVs are often associated with gene expression changes and may be of large phenotypic effects. The main goal of this postdoc project is to use sequencing data (e.g. PacBio long read sequence data) for the model system Neurospora, emerging from our most recent sequencing projects, to increase our understanding of the impact of SVs for the evolution of eukaryote genomes. In particular, we can use the well-established phylogenetic framework of Neurospora to study the accumulation of SVs over evolutionary time, and connect them to characters such as genome size expansion/retraction, mating-system transition and speciation. By combining comparative genomic, phylogenetic and population genetic analyses, the evolutionary significance of SVs in natural populations can be traced. The project will be developed after the interest of the applicant, but should encompass a perspective of genome evolution addressed by bioinformatic/genomic approaches.

Applicants should have a PhD in biology/evolutionary biology and have documented experience in bioinformatics. Documented skills in comparative genomics, molecular phylogenetics and/or population genetics is highly valued.

Start date is flexible, ideally January 1, 2016. The position can be extended for up to two more years.

Please send your application materials by September 25 to Hanna.Johannesson@ebc.uu.se. The application shall include:
1) a cover letter stating research interests,
2) a CV, including publication record,
3) a short (1-2 page) description of research accomplishments, and
4) name and contact information for three references.

Please feel free to contact me at the above listed e-mail with questions.

Job: Montana State University Assist/Assoc/Full Environmental Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Montana State University- Bozeman (http://www.montana.edu/mbi) invites candidates with a PhD in Microbiology or related area to apply for a full-time, nine-month tenure-track position in Environmental Microbiology (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) beginning January 2016. The successful candidate will have postdoctoral and/or Assistant Professor experience and will be responsible for developing/growing an extramurally funded, nationally recognized research program within the broad field of environmental microbiology. Scientists that use interdisciplinary approaches that include biochemical, cellular, physiological, ecological, genomic, and/or molecular tools to investigate areas including microbe-environment interactions, microbe biology/ecology, and/or microbial engineering are encouraged to apply. We are seeking an individual with a research program to complement and expand expertise in the Department. The Department, which is nationally recognized for its strengths in both environmental and human-related microbiology, includes state-of-the-art core facilities both in the department and campus research centers. The Department strives to maintain a diverse faculty group, and women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. The position includes a competitive institutional salary (9-months) and generous start- up package. While a funded research program is preferred, it is not required. Full details about the position and application procedure are available at https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/2601.

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact the Search Committee Chairperson, Dr. Matthew Fields, (matthew.fields@biofilm.montana.edu) for more details. Screening will begin September 9th, 2015 and will continue until a suitable applicant is hired. ADA/EO/AA/Veterans Preference.

PDF of the advertisement: Faculty Position in Microbiology at MSU

Research Microbiologist at USDA-ARS (UC Davis)

 

Research Microbiologist, USDA-ARS

A new Research Microbiologist position is available with the USDA-ARS located on the campus of the University of California, Davis.  The successful candidate will conduct independent research to discover and develop novel fumigation independent approaches to control soil-borne pathogens.  This work will focus on developing an understanding of the ecological, structural and functional aspects of the soil-borne microbial communities shown to suppress target pathogens.  Applicants with a strong computational biology/metagenomics background are encouraged to apply.  We would greatly appreciate it if you would forward this announcement to prospective candidate(s) for their consideration.  The position announcement can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/405228600

This is a competitive, permanent appointment and U.S. citizenship is required.  For further details about this position and how to apply, go to the vacancy on-line at:  www.USAJobs.gov  vacancy announcement number ARS-D15W-0129 (all US citizens) or ARS-M15W-0128 (Current federal employees).  For questions contact: Dr. Daniel Kluepfel, Research Leader at daniel.kluepfel@ars.usda.gov

NSF Poststdoc opportunity for Research using biological collections

Earlier this year the NSF released a postdoc opportunity for research to use Biological Collections. In particular these can be strain collections and stock collections. The US Culture Collection Network is a Research Coordination Network which brings together many collaborating culture collections. You can find many of the U.S. living collections there include fungal centers like the Phaff Yeast Collection and Fungal Genetics Stock Center. The Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium at U Arizona under Elizabeth Arnold‘s leadership has developed a rich collection of endophyte fungi which would be another excellent environment to work with these resources. Kyria Boundy-Mills who is the curator of the Phaff collection has also expressed interest in either hosting or helping working with a postdoc on this. There is tremendous biodiversity of the fungi available in these and other culture collections so seems like a great chance to tap into these.
This would be a great opportunity to link work in the 1000 Fungal genomes project and sampling from culture collections (not just sequencing, but growing and characterizing growth, carbon source utilization and integrating that with predictions made from genome comparisons). If this is something interesting to you – do get in touch with some of the curators at these collections, but also my lab and I expect many other labs would be interested hosting someone to work on these questions that take advantage of these living collections of fungi.
Proposals are to be submitted by potential post docs. Submitter must be a US citizen or US permanent resident. The next deadline is November 3, 2015Funding total for the program is $8 million, 40 awards anticipated, up to two years. Here’s some key text from the solicitation:

Competitive Area 2. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Using Biological Collections.

Biological research collections represent the documented scientific history of life on Earth, and the U.S. museum community alone curates over a billion specimens ranging from bacteria to plants, insects and vertebrates, as well as fossils. Across the globe, collections represent critical infrastructure and support essential research activities in biology and its related fields. Scientists, government agencies, industry and citizens utilize collections to document and understand evolution and biodiversity, study global change, formulate advice on conservation planning, educate the general public, improve interactions between sciences, and devise new practical applications from science to every day life. New technologies supported by NSF in digitization, such as the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program, are making collections and their associated data, whether they are physical specimens, text, images, sounds, or data tables, searchable in online databases. Despite this clear progress in improving access to physical specimens and their associated metadata, collections remain under-utilized for answering contemporary questions about fundamental aspects of biological processes. Thus, collections are poised to become a critical resource for developing transformative approaches to address key questions in biology and potentially develop applications that extend biology to physical, mathematical, engineering and social sciences. This postdoctoral track seeks transformative approaches that use biological collections in highly innovative ways to address grand challenges in biology. Priority may be given to applicants who integrate biological collections and associated resources with other types of data in an effort to forge new insight into areas traditionally funded by BIO. Examples of key questions in biology of interest include, but are not limited to, links between genotype and phenotype, evolutionary developmental biology, comparative approaches in functional and developmental neurobiology, and the biophysics of nanostructures. Using collections as a resource for grand challenge questions in biology is expected to present new opportunities to advance understanding of biological processes and systems, inspiring new discoveries in areas with relevance to other disciplines with overlapping interests in biological systems. Applicants must document access to the selected collection(s) in the research and training plan.