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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.

Grad Student postion: Hynson lab for Fungal Ecology, U Hawaii

Thinking about graduate school for 2016 and interested in Fungal ecology and evolution?

Graduate Student Opportunities in Fungal Ecology

The Hynson lab at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Department of Botany is currently recruiting highly motivated, enthusiastic, and well-qualified graduate students for Fall 2016 enrollment. In particular, I am seeking students interested in the ecology and evolution of terrestrial orchid mycorrhizae. However, students with strong backgrounds in fungal biology, ecology and/or evolution that are interested in systems other than orchid mycorrhizae will also be considered. I am primarily seeking graduate student applicants at the PhD level, but will consider MSc applicants as well. Interested parties should send by email me a copy of their current academic resume or CV, their unofficial transcripts and a brief statement of their research interests for grad school.

For more information on the Hynson Lab and how to apply see: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~nhynson/Hynson_Lab/Welcome.html or contact Nicole Hynson at nhynson@hawaii.edu

Job: Fungal RefSeq Curator @NCBI

Fungi RefSeq curator position at NCBI

Original job post here.

Computercraft seeks a highly motivated individual who will use his or her biological expertise to support RefSeq sequence standards and to contribute functional annotation of both the sequence record and the companion resource, NCBI’s Gene database. The NCBI Reference Sequence (RefSeq) project provides reference sequence standards that are used internationally for genome annotation. RefSeqs provide a stable reference for gene characterization, mutation analysis, expression studies, and polymorphism discovery.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the RefSeq project while using state-of-the art computational tools and databases.  Curators work on-site at the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Responsibilities:  

  • Evaluate and analyze sequence data from Fungi to provide the most complete and accurate reference sequences to define coding and non-coding transcripts, protein products, and genomic regions
  • Analyze phylogenetic trees supporting functional annotation and verifying species identification of genome data.Communicate with other scientists to ensure the highest quality data content for RefSeq records and the Gene database
  • Coordinate with model organism databases and other organism-specific interest groups to ensure timely processing of genomic sequence data and accurate display of annotation in NCBI resources
  • Collaborate with other scientists to expand the content for RefSeqs fungal genome ITS and rRNA records
  • Contribute toward NCBI initiatives to improve Fungal genome resources

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in molecular biology and/or genomics of Fungi, or a related field
  • Postdoctoral experience
  • Extensive experience with functional genome annotation of Fungi
  • Extensive experience with evaluating structural annotation of Fungi genomes
  • Experience in phylogenetic analysis of fungal sequences
  • Strong logic, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to adhere to established procedures
  • A detail-oriented perspective
  • A strong desire to support public scientific databases such as RefSeq and Gene

This is an intellectually challenging, detail-oriented position which will provide an excellent opportunity to use your biology expertise in a non-laboratory position. For more information about the RefSeq project and Gene, please see:

RefSeq: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/RefSeq/

Postdoctoral Position in Bioinformatics – University of Ottawa

The Corradi Lab is currently seeking a postdoctoral fellow in Bioinformatics to work on projects related to Comparative and Population Genomics. The research will be led by Dr. Nicolas Corradi and carried out in a CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) – affiliated laboratory located in the Department of Biology of the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Website: http://corradilab.weebly.com/

The position is initially funded for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, depending on performance. The candidate is expected to work on two ongoing lab projects:

  1. Populations genomics of global samples of the bee-pathogen Nosema ceranae

    The recent decline in global populations of honey-bees has been attributed to a many factors, including infections from the microsporidian pathogen Nosema ceranae. Despite the potential threat that this parasite may have on global bee populations, the basic biology of this species is not well understood.
    The present project aims to increase our knowledge of the N. ceranae’s biology by exploring the extent, nature and function of genome diversity that exist both within and between dozens of parasite samples isolated globally (i.e. Spain, France, Turkey, Thailand, USA..etc…).
  2. Population genomics of global isolates of the model plant symbiont, Rhizophagus irregularis

    The Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) are ubiquitous plant symbionts that improve the ability of roots to uptake nutrients from soil and provide protection against plant pathogens. These organisms are intriguing as they harbor many nuclei within one cytoplasm throughout their entire life cycle. The genetic organization of these nuclei has been debated for years, but recent genome analyses in our lab are providing essential insights to this debate.

    The proposed projects aims to increase our knowledge of biology and evolution of these curious fungi and critical symbionts by investigating the genome diversity within and across different strains of the model AMF R. irregularis sampled globally.

For specific enquiries please contactDr. Nicolas Corradi (ncorradi@uottawa.ca).

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in either comparative genomics or populations genomics. Experience in either population genetics, environmental genomics, metagenomics, or ab-initio gene annotation and programming will be seen as an asset for the final selection of the candidate. Some basic training in bioinformatics (Perl, Python, or R) is desired.

A complete application package includes a CV, a one-page description of past research accomplishments and future goals, and the names and e-mail addresses of at least 2 references. The position opens immediately, and evaluation of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

The University of Ottawa is a large, research-intensive university, hosting over 40,000 students and located in the downtown core area of Canada’s capital city. Ottawa is a vibrant, multicultural city with a very high quality of life.

Applications can be sent to Dr. Nicolas Corradi (ncorradi@uottawa.ca).

Representative publications:

  • Pelin A., Selman M., Laurent Farinelli, Aris-Brosou S. and N. Corradi. 2015. Genome analyses suggest the presence of polyploidy and recent human-driven expansions in eight global populations of the honeybee pathogen Nosema ceranae. Environmental Microbiology
  • Ropars J. and N. Corradi. 2015. Heterokaryotic vs Homokaryotic Mycelium in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi: Different Techniques, Different Results? New Phytologist
  • Corradi, N. 2015. Microsporidians: Intracellular Parasites Shaped by Gene Loss and Horizontal Gene Transfer. Annual Review of Microbiology
  • Riley R., Charron P., Idnurm A., Farinelli F., Yolande D. , Martin F. and N. Corradi. 2014. Extreme diversification of the mating type–high?mobility group (MATA?HMG) gene family in a plant?associated arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus. New Phytologist
  • Tisserant E., Malbreil M. et al. 2013. Genome of an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus provides insight into the oldest plant symbiosis. PNAS

Postdoc: Oslo Fungal molecular ecology

Three year position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in fungal molecular ecology available at the University of Oslo, Norway:

Soil fungi play important functional roles in forest ecosystems; while saprotrophic taxa are essential for organic matter decomposition; mycorrhizal root-associated fungi mediate the link between living plants and the below-ground community. Recent studies indicate that plant-fungi interactions through mycorrhiza affect the efficiency of decomposition by fungi, and works as a main driver for soil carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems. The goal of this project (MycoSoil), which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, is to make fundamental progress in the understanding of the community ecology and functions of fungi in boreal forest soils, how they are organized spatiotemporally and how they influence on carbon sequestration processes. We will take advantage of linking the project to two long-term surveys of boreal forests. State-of-the art DNA metabarcoding and metatranscriptomics approaches will be used to analyze spatiotemporal variation in the soil fungal communities.

For more information see http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1352849/96323?iso=no or contact Håvard Kauserud at haavarka@ibv.uio.no

Postdoc: Comparative genomics and bioinformatics

Postdoc position in comparative genomics and bioinformatics

Applications are invited for a bioinformatics postdoctoral position in ?the research group of Laszlo G Nagy (Synthetic and Systems Biology Unit, Biological Research Center, Szeged, Hungary). We are now looking to hire new people with a background in bioinformatics, phylogenetics or fungal evolution. The Lab offers excellent training opportunities in fungal comparative genomics, cutting edge projects, abundant funding, an inspiring atmosphere and extensive collaborator network.

The primary focus of the lab is understanding the general principles of convergent evolution and fungal multicellularity through comparative genomics, transcriptomics and single-cell transcriptomics of multicellular fruiting bodies in Basidiomycetes. Fruiting bodies represent some of the most complex morphological structures found in fungi, yet, their developmental and evolutionary origins are hardly known. Complex fruiting bodies have evolved independently several times in the Basidiomycetes, offering an excellent model system to study the genetic mechanisms of convergent evolution.

The successful Candidate has:

  • PhD in bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, mycology or other relevant field
  • Experience in genomics, Perl and/or Python scripting
  • Good team player traits
  • Experience in working with fungi is a plus

Contact and application – The starting date of the project is September 2015. The position will last for one year with the possibility of extension up to 4 years. If interested, send a motivation letter along with your CV to Laszlo Nagy (lnagy@brc.hu).


Dr. Laszlo Nagy
Fungal Evolution & Genomics Lab
Synthetic and Systems Biology Unit, Institute of Biochemistry
Biological Research Center, HAS
Hungary

http://group.szbk.u-szeged.hu/sysbiol/nagy-laszlo-lab-index.html

Postdoc: Agaricus bisporus genomics and transcriptomics

Applications are invited for a bioinformatics postdoctoral position in
the research group of David Fitzpatrick (Department of Biology, Maynooth University, Ireland). My group is interested in genomics,
transcripomics, proteomics and molecular evolution of fungal species.
The project start date is the 1st of February 2015 and sets out to
investigate the genome of Agaricus bisporus.

Agaricus bisporus strain A15 is the most widely cultivated white
mushroom strain in Europe. Currently there are significant financial and time costs associated with ensuring A15 inoculum is genetically
identical to parent culture. This project sets out to undertake an
extensive genetic analysis of A. bisporus A15, via genomic and
transcriptomic sequence analysis. Ideally this genetic characterisation will act as the starting point for development of a molecular diagnostic test to determine if new inoculum is genetically identically to parent culture. We also aim to produce a high quality map for the genome of A. bisporus A15. This will be invaluable for future breeding of new A. bisporus strains.

The position will last for 18 months, with the possibility of extension.
I am looking for somebody who has experience in genome/transcriptomic assembly and experience in handling large datasets. The successful candidate will have published in peer reviewed literature and have their PhD awarded by the start of the project.

Send a CV and covering letter to david.fitzpatrick@nuim.ie with the
subject line “post-doc position on Agaricus bisporus ”


Dr. David Fitzpatrick
Genome Evolution Laboratory
Department of Biology
Maynooth University
Maynooth
Co. Kildare
Ireland.

E: david.fitzpatrick@nuim.ie
T: +353-1-7086844
F: +353-1-7083845
M: +353-860681715
W: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/people/david-fitzpatrick
W: http://bioinf.nuim.ie/

Job: Faculty Positions at Institute Pasteur

FACULTY POSITIONS IN MYCOLOGY

The Institut Pasteur in Paris announces an international call for outstanding candidates at all levels to establish independent research groups in the Mycology Department. Preference will be given to studies on human pathogenic filamentous fungi and yeasts, fungal cell biology or population genetics and genomics. Research on model species will be also considered when connecting to fungal pathogenesis. Attractive start-up and ongoing support includes salary, equipment, and operating costs. In addition, Institut Pasteur provides access to state-of-the-art technology platforms, and to laboratories and research infrastructure in disease-endemic regions through the Pasteur International Network. Further information on the Institute and on-campus facilities can be found at http://www.pasteur.fr. Further information on the Mycology Department can be found at http://www.pasteur.fr/mycology.

The application should comprise the following (in order) in a single pdf file: i) A brief introductory letter, ii) A Curriculum Vitae, a list of 10 selected publications and a full publication list, iii) A description of past and present research activities (up to 3 pages), iv) The proposed research project (up to 6 pages, including a summary).

Junior candidates [1] should also provide:
v) The names of 3 scientists from whom letters of recommendation can be sought, together with the names of scientists with a potential conflict of interest from whom evaluations should not be requested.

Applications and requests for information should be addressed to myco_call2015@pasteur.fr by February 27, 2015. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews in spring 2015 and decisions will be announced by summer 2015.

[1] Institut Pasteur is an equal opportunity employer. Junior group leaders should be less than 8 years after PhD at the time of submission. Women are eligible up to 11 years after their PhD if they have one child and up to 14 years after their PhD if they have two or more children.

Flier from the posting DeptMyco_call2015

Job: 5 faculty position at Oregon State University

5 faculty positions (Assistant Professor) are advertised at Oregon State University

  • COMPLEX SYSTEMS IN THE LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (2 position) – in any domain where the life or
    environmental sciences intersect with the quantitative or physical sciences. Posting #0013430; Closes February 6, 2015. Contact: Brett Tyler
  • QUANTITATIVE SYSTEMS BIOLOGIST- Department of Integrative Biology (70%) and the Departments of Mathematics or Statistics Posting #0013398. Closes January 25, 2015. Contact: Tara Bevandich
  • MARINE EVOLUTIONARY SYSTEMS BIOLOGIST – Department of Integrative Biology Posting #0013400. Closes
    January 25, 2015. Contact: Tara Bevandich
  • GENOMICS AND BIOINFORMATICS OF CROP PLANTS –  Department of Horticulture Posting #0013285; Closes January 25, 2015. Contact: Bill Braunworth

See the advertisement posting Systems Biology, Genomics and Bioinformatics