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Job: Filamentous Fungal Biologist at Michigan State University

FUNGAL BIOLOGIST– DEPARTMENT OF PLANT, SOIL, AND MICROBIAL SCIENCES, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY POSITION: The Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor position in filamentous fungal biology. The successful candidate will have research (80%) and teaching (20%) responsibilities, consistent with the missions of the appointment. This position is part of multiple hires over the next 2-3 years, including soil biology.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Research: The incumbent will establish a competitive, broad research portfolio focused on plant-associated filamentous fungi genetics/genomics supported by national competitive funding. The incumbent will use state-of-the-art technologies to explore questions in pathogenesis, plant interactions, development, diversity, evolution, metabolism, or ecology. Teaching: The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching, and will establish a graduate level course in mycology, with the potential to develop an additional course in his/her specific area of expertise. Mentoring graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral researchers is expected.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree is required, with a preference for plant pathology, genetics, mycology or related disciplines. Expertise in phylogenetics is desirable. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Additional qualifications include a proven ability to synthesize and conduct cutting-edge research in the biological sciences, grantsmanship, strong writing skills, and a demonstrated ability to teach and mentor.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, a statement of future research objectives, a description of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. Applicants may apply for this position via the link at https://jobs.msu.edu, (posting #8384). Questions can be directed to Dr. Brad Day, Chair of the Search Committee, (bday@msu.edu). Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013.

The newly formed Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, which includes the former Departments of Plant Pathology and Crop and Soil Sciences, is an internationally recognized department of more than 50 faculty members, with diverse interests spanning applied and fundamental research. With more than 150 plant science faculty at MSU – including vast expertise in plant-microbe interactions – collaborative opportunities in the areas of genetics, genomics, biochemistry, plant pathology, soil and microbial ecology, and food science exist. Additionally, adjunct appointments in university-level graduate programs, and access to diverse research support are available. MSU is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Fungal Biologist Position_MSU

Job: Fungal pathogens in dryland cropping systems

POSITION: Assistant Professor, fungal pathogens in dryland cropping systems.

Colorado State University
Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

DESCRIPTION: Tenure-track, 9-month academic faculty position (50% research, 20% teaching, 30% outreach/Extension).

The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University invites applications and nominations for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor academic faculty position in the biology and management of fungal pathogens of wheat and other dryland system crops. Applicants whose experience spans multiple approaches, from molecular biology to ecology, are especially encouraged to apply. Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management is an interdisciplinary department,
encompassing entomology, plant pathology, and weed science.
See the complete advertisement: CSU Fungal Pathogens of Dryland Systems and the CSU page

Postdoc: Life strategies in the Archaeorhizomycetes soil fungi

Post doc, Life strategies in the Archaeorhizomycetes at Uppsala University

The Archaeorhizomycetes is an ancient class of ubiquitous soil fungi. Sequences representing the class have been identified from vegetated terrestrial habitats across the globe. Estimates indicate that there are hundreds of species within the class and strong patterns of habitat specificity has been documented among species. Yet the ecological role of the Archaeorhizomycetes remain unknown.

Deadline for application is March 15, 2013.

For more information contact Anna Rosling (anna.rosling@ebc.uu.se) and visit the Rosling Lab website

Job: Asst Prof Microbiology – Western Illinois University

Assistant Professor – Microbiology – 140005-E 

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: Tenure track position starting in August of 2013

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching responsibilities may include introductory microbiology, virology, immunology, pathogenic bacteriology, and other upper division/graduate courses in the candidates\’ area of expertise. The successful candidate is expected to develop an active research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. Service on committees at the Department, College and University level, and with the general public is also expected.

RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor rank. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package that includes domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/.

Requirements:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. is required. Seeking a broadly trained microbiologist with expertise in genetics, genomics, and /or microbial bioinformatics. The chosen candidate will be expected to develop an active research program involving masters’ level and undergraduate students. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral English proficiency requirements evaluated through presentation during the interview and must have teaching experience at least at the graduate assistant level.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates with postdoctoral experience, collegiate teaching experience, and peer reviewed publication(s) and grants obtained from competitive granting programs are strongly preferred.

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU’s Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biological Sciences offers majors in Biology (with options in Botany, Medical Sciences, Microbiology, Teacher Certification, and Zoology) leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. There are approximately 471 undergraduate majors. Minors are also offered in Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, and Environmental Science. The Department offers a Master of Science in Biology degree and currently has 104 graduate students; also available are Post Baccalaureate Certificates in Zoo and Aquarium Studies, and Environmental GIS. There are 22 full time faculty members and a full time academic advisor. The Department has the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station (www.wiu.edu/kibbe) located 45 miles west of campus on the Mississippi River as well as the Rodney and Bertha Fink Environmental Studies Field Laboratory and Conservancy located 2 miles from campus. The Department’s mammal collection contains over 2000 specimens. The Biological Sciences Department also houses modern analytical and molecular biology equipment such a high-pressure liquid chromatography system, microarray scanner, DNA sequencer, quantitative real-time PCR system, bioanalyzer, etc. For more information about the University and our Department, visit our website at http://www.wiu.edu/biology.

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review and one of 37 public universities ranked a top tier “Best Regional University” by U.S.News&World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves nearly 13,000 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 66 undergraduate and 38 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, the University’s 666 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 17 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,423): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,235): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. The Quad Cities is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Western Illinois University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Information about the Commission may be obtained by visiting www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: A completed application will include: 1. A letter of application, 2. Curriculum vitae, 3. Copies of transcripts, 4. A maximum of three reprints, 5. Statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and 6. Please provide a list of references who will be requested to submit reference letters at a later time.

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/

Screening will begin on February 25, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Charles Lydeard at AR-Brown4@wiu.edu.

For assistance with the online application system, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977.

postdoc and PhD positions in Fungal evolution at Uppsala University

Two positions at Uppsala University in Hanna Johannesson’s lab at Uppsala University in Sweden are available. One is a PhD student position and one for a Postdoc working on experimental biology and using next generation sequencing techniques to address evolutionary questions.  Please see the ads linked for more information on applying for these positions.

Job: Junior Group Leader Functional Genetics and Genomics of Fungi

Job Advertisement Junior Group Leader – Ref. #01-13001

The Senckenberg Society has an international reputation in all fields of Natural History research. It runs six research institutes and two museums in Germany and is also custodian of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Messel.

From 1st of April 2013 we are looking for a

Junior Research Group Leader in Functional Genetics and Genomics of Fungi in the framework of a government funded LOEWE excellence cluster in “Integrative Fungal Research (IPF)” in Frankfurt am Main.

We are looking for an individual whose research will be adding significantly to the research aims of the LOEWE excellence cluster “Integrative Fungal Research”. The cluster includes researchers in mycology from Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M., Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Philipps-University Marburg, University Kassel and the Senckenberg Society. The aim of the LOEWE excellence cluster will be to synergistically tie together the basic research areas of biodiversity research, molecular genetics, and genomics with translational research in biochemistry and biotechnology. Thus, the research cluster offers an ideal environment for scientific development and profiling.

Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E14). The position is limited to three years, with the possibility of extension for two years in case of positive evaluation. Senckenberg advocates gender equality. Women and other underrepresented groups are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. The possibility of academic development (Habilitation, equivalent to assistant/associate professor) will be given.

Apart from the salary of the group leader, a competitive core funding for instrumentation, running costs and personnel will be provided.

Research expertise in the areas of comparative genomics and transcriptomics, annotation of metabolic pathways and regulatory networks, or systems biology of fungi or oomycetes are particularly welcome. Applicants should have an international track record and have demonstrated their ability to develop innovative ideas in their field of research. Previous experience with independent research is a plus but not mandatory. A record in third party funding acquisition is an advantage; willingness to acquire funding through research proposals is required.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications including a cover letter, CV, statement of research achievements, future research proposal (only one page, each), certificates (PhD, MSc, BSc, or similar) and the names of three scientists who could provide references. Applications should be submitted in a single PDF file by E-Mail to recruiting@senckenberg.de. Closing date for application is: January, 31th 2013

Enquiries about the LOEWE excellence cluster Integrative Fungal Research and regarding the position please contact directly Prof. Dr. Marco Thines (thines@bio.uni-frankfurt.de).

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Molecular Biologist: Fusarium USDA-ARS Peoria, IL

via Todd Ward

Research Molecular Biologist in Fusarium

The incumbent serves as a Research Molecular Biologist in the Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology (BFP) Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Peoria, Illinois.  BFP scientists conduct research in genetics, microbiology, 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.  The incumbent will conduct research on the molecular biology and biochemistry of production and detoxification of Fusarium mycotoxins, and elucidate the role of mycotoxins and other secondary metabolites in plant-pathogen interactions.

Duties

Specific research objectives include: 1) identification and characterization of mycotoxin detoxification genes as a mechanism to reduce/eliminate the toxins in grain-based food and feed; 2) determination of the genetic bases and ecological significance of variation in types of trichothecene mycotoxins produced byFusarium; and 3) identification and characterization of plant and fungal genes that affect biosynthesis of trichothecenes and other mycotoxins produced by Fusarium.  A combination of molecular, biological, genomic, and phenotypic data generated by the incumbent, or made available through collaborative efforts, will be used to accomplish these objectives.

Applications can be made here at the USDA site

Postdoc: Colletotrichum genomics

via Jo Anne Crouch

Post-Doctoral Research Position, Colletotrichum genomics

We are seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to study transcriptome and genome evolution of five closely related species of Colletotrichum fungi impacting the health and productivity of grasses used for bioenergy, food, and turfgrass.  The incumbent will: (1) Develop and test hypotheses related to infection and cellulolytic degradation of host tissue by diverse Colletotrichum strains, (2) Take the lead on performing inoculations of grasses with these pathogens for RNA-Seq analysis from the host/pathogen interaction, and (3) Contribute to a larger collaborative Colletotrichum genome sequencing initiative.

Using genomic and transcriptomic (RNA-Seq) resources provided through a grant from the DOE/Joint Genome Institute (JGI), we seek to understand the molecular basis of host specialization, pathogenicity, cellulosic biomass degradation and other traits that characterize this diverse, yet closely related group of grass pathogens.  Fully assembled genomic datasets will soon be available for 20 Colletotrichum isolates and mapped transcriptomes for 14 of these isolates.  Data analysis will be facilitated through inclusion in the JGI MycoCosm Fungal Genome pipeline.

The incumbent will work under the joint direction of Dr. Bruce Clarke, Rutgers University, Dept. of Plant Biology & Pathology, and Dr. Jo Anne Crouch, USDA-ARS.  The position will be physically located at the Rutgers University’s Cook Campus in New Brunswick, NJ.

Qualifications

A Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, mycology or a closely related field is required.  Candidates should be proficient in working with large datasets, and must have strong analytical, statistical and writing skills.  Candidates with experience working with fungi and/or plant pathogenic microorganisms, or any of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: next-generation sequencing datasets; comparative genomics using Galaxy tools; experience analyzing RNA-Seq data; population and evolutionary genetics; phylogenetics.  Skills in bioinformatics (python, perl, R, etc) are desirable.

Terms of Appointment

Starting salary is $37,000 – $45,000 depending on experience, plus Rutgers University benefits.  Funds are guaranteed for one year, and renewable for a second year pending satisfactory research progress and availability of funds.

Review of applications will begin January 23, 2013, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Applications should be sent to:

Bruce Clarke (clarke@aesop.rutgers.edu) and Jo Anne Crouch (joanne.crouch@ars.usda.gov) and must include: (1) a cover letter containing a brief description of research interests and career goals, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) PDFs of two publications, and (4) contact information for three references.

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Junior Professorship for Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Fungi

Goethe-University Frankfurt, Department of Biosciences,

Institute of Molecular Biosciences invites applications for the following position: JUnior Professorship (W1) for Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Fungi 

We are seeking a scientist with research activities complementary to the activities in the LOEWE priority program “Integrated Fungal Research”. The newly established priority program brings together scientists from four hessian universities and a Leibnitz Institute, all working in different areas of mycology ranging from fungal biodiversity, molecular biology and genomics to applied aspects of fungal biotechnology and biochemistry.  Possible areas of research could be biochemistry and biotechnology of ribosomal peptides, alkaloids, unusual amino acids, or sugars in fungi, the production of biotechnologically relevant products in fungal model organisms (like Aspergillus, Penicillium, Yarrowia or Rhodotorula), or fungal cultivation technologies.  Candidates must have an excellent publication track record. The successful applicant is expected to engage in crossdisciplinary research activities, as well as to compete for research funding actively. Willingness to participate in the LOEWE priority program “Integrated Fungal Research” is expected.

The position comes with adequate administrative and teaching obligations within the Institute of Molecular Biosciences.  The junior professor will be hired for a period of three years.  An extension for another three years can be granted subject to a successful evaluation. The designated salary for the position is based on “W1” on the German university scale. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments, please see: http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/aktuelles/ausschreibung/professuren/index.html.  Qualified scientists are invited to submit their applications accompanied by the usual information, such as CV, degrees and certificates, list of publications, details about teaching and international experience, information on grant applications and a concept for future research and teaching within three weeks of publication of this announcement. Please send applications preferentially by E-Mail in a single PDF file to the Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences,

Prof. Dr. Anna Starzinski-Powitz, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, Maxvon- Laue-Straße 9, 60438 Frankfurt/M. Germany, E-Mail dekanat1[AT]@bio.uni-frankfurt.de.

Details regarding the LOEWE priority program “Integrative Fungal Research” can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Helge B. Bode (h.bode[AT]bio.uni-frankfurt.de) or Prof. Dr. Marco Thines (thines[AT]bio.uni-frankfurt.de).