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Job: Assistant Professor, Mycology at Auburn University

Assistant Professor – Mycology

 Auburn University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, is accepting applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor in the area of Mycology.
For a detailed position announcement, including application instructions and requirements, please visit to apply for the position. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. Kira Bowen, Search Committee Chair, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, AL 36849; e-mail:

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.  Only complete application materials will be considered. Expected position start date is August 16, 2014.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.  Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

A second position, Plant-Pathogen interactions is also open for applications.  Click to see the flyers for Plant Pathogens and Mycology

Postdoc: U Minnesota Microbial Ecology & Evolution

The May research group at the University of Minnesota seeks to hire two to three post-doctoral associates in the ecology and evolution of plant-associated microbes. Successful applicants will work on an experimental project with global reach as part of a team of ecologists and evolutionary biologists spanning the University of Minnesota’s departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and Plant Pathology. The appointment is for one year (with potential for renewal), to begin as soon as possible. The scientific goal of these positions is to examine the abiotic and biotic predictors and functional significance of fungal, bacterial, and viral symbionts of plant hosts, and determine plant microbiome effects on disease transmission. Experiments will encompass scales ranging from individual hosts and local host communities to regional and global bioclimatic and soil gradients. Projects will include quantification of bacterial, fungal, and viral communities within hosts using high-throughput sequencing and manipulative experiments in both the field and lab to examine the effects of the plant-associated microbial community on host fecundity and pathogen resistance, and on microbial fitness and transmission. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with mathematical modelers to use empirically-derived parameter values and test predictive models. We are particularly interested in applicants with metagenomics or organismal expertise in microbial biology and training in community ecology or evolutionary biology. Successful applicants will have experience and ability in laboratory techniques necessary for high-throughput sequencing and quantitative skills for manipulating and analyzing metagenomic or ecological datasets. A conceptual overview of the larger project is described in Borer et al.2013 (found at:

Questions about these positions should be addressed to Dr. Georgiana May (

Review of applications will begin on 10 December 2013. Apply for this position (Requisition #188311) via the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website:

Job: Evolutionary Genomics, San Diego State University


We seek a creative, productive evolutionary biologist with research strengths in eukaryotic genomics or genetics. We are especially interested in candidates who use innovative experimental, computational and/or comparative approaches. Research area is open to studies of all eukaryotic organisms. Candidates should have post-doctoral experience and a strong record of research accomplishments and funding. The successful candidate should also display a commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Teaching responsibilities will include participation in undergraduate genetics and evolutionary biology courses, and additional courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. The successful candidate will participate in the MS and PhD programs in Evolutionary Biology and may also participate in the department’s MS and PhD programs in Cell and Molecular Biology, and Ecology.

Applicants should submit electronically a single pdf comprising a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching interest, and three representative publications to (Andrew Bohonak, Chair, c/o Medora Bratlien). Applicants must request that three letters of recommendation be sent electronically, directly to the search committee. Review of applications will begin 16 December 2013, and will
continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed full consideration. For the full job ad see:
SDSU is an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer.

See the job advert PDF: SDSU_EvolGeneticsGenomics

Job: Evolutionary Genomics at McMaster University

The Biology Department at McMaster University seeks an outstanding scientist in the field of functional genetics or genomics for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. The ideal candidate will integrate the genetic or molecular basis of biological function across levels of organization (molecular, cellular, physiological, or organismal). Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, comparative and/or environmental genomics, epigenetics, the genetic basis of quantitative traits, phenotypic plasticity, and stress biology. The ideal applicant will have interests suited to interacting across multiple research groups in the department.

McMaster University is a research-intensive institution in Canada, and faculty in the Biology Department have diverse interests, with particular strengths in molecular genetics, genomics, mathematical and computational biology, microbiology, and environmental physiology ( We have a vibrant and interactive department with strong links to the Departments of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, and Anthropology. The successful candidate will receive a competitive start-up package and benefit from many resources at McMaster including the Sharcnet computer cluster (, the Center for Microbial Chemical Biology (, the Biointerfaces Institute (, the McMaster Biophotonics Facility (, the Origins Institute (

McMaster University is located in Hamilton, Ontario, a culturally diverse city of ~500,000 people, which is roughly equidistant between Toronto and Buffalo, New York. Hamilton city offers a great quality of life and is experiencing a post-industrial revival. Resources include easy access to natural wonders such as Niagara Falls and the Niagara Escarpment, the Bruce Peninsula, and Algonquin Provincial Park, an expanding network of bike paths, seasonal climate, and a burgeoning food and nightlife scene.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. and a demonstrated record of high-impact research. Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research accomplishments and directions, and arrange for three individuals to send letters of support separately. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2013 with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2014. Materials should be sent electronically to the Biology Faculty Search committee, c/o Kathy Greaves ( Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Roger Jacobs, Chair of Biology (

Originally posted at EvolDir

Postdoc: Insect-Fungus Symbiosis (University of Florida)

Postdoc: Insect-Fungus Symbiosis

Do you have experience with any of the following:

  • diversity and genetics of fungi
  • high-throughput marker-based community surveys
  • next-gen sequencing library preparation

Do you want to work in one of the best-to-live-in towns in America?

Join our growing Symbiology team at the University of Florida to study the Ambrosia Symbiosis: beetles that farm fungus gardens to kill and digest trees.

Please send your CV to Jiri Hulcr,
Application deadline: December 10, 2013

Jiri Hulcr, Assistant Professor
University of Florida | School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Postdoc: Unculturable Protists & Fungi, Single Cell Genomics

Two postdoctoral research positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Richards at the University of Exeter, UK.

The project focuses on using environmental sequence data, including meta- genomics and transcriptomics, combined with single cell genomic data to investigate the biology and evolutionary significance of unculturable protist and fungal microbes from marine environments including deep-sea sediments.

One post is focused entirely on bioinformatic based analysis while the second post can include both bioinformatic and laboratory work. However, both applicants should be interested in working with second-generation sequence datasets and feel confident with post genomic analysis including for example: phylogenetic tree reconstruction and metabolic pathway reconstruction.

For more details please see:

This is a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funded project and is part of an international collaboration including associated laboratories at the University of British Colombia, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and should include the opportunity for travel

To ask questions or apply please e-mail your CV and contact information for three referees to . Materials must be received by the 13th November but late applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Job: Assistant Extension Professor – Plant Pathology

Job Mississippi State University Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center Raymond, MS

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: This is a 12-month, non-tenure position consisting of 100% Extension (MSU Extension Service) at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond, MS, and an academic home in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology. The primary function of this position will be to conduct extension related educational activities and research in the areas of commercial vegetable, fruit and nut production and ornamental, fruit and vegetable greenhouse production, and/or related areas in the candidate’s area of expertise. Investigative efforts into vegetable, fruit, nut and ornamental disease is expected. The successful candidate will work closely with on-campus and off-campus plant pathologists, county extension personnel and scientists from other disciplines in reaching disease management objectives. Educational information will be shared with county extension personnel, agricultural consultants, industry personnel, and other interested clientele groups.

Minimum Qualifications: An earned doctorate in Plant Pathology, Plant Medicine/Health or other closely related field is required. A strong background in plant pathology with an emphasis on disease management practices is required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated grantsmanship and publication records. Candidates must be able to work in team environments, have excellent speaking and writing skills, and an ability to effectively deliver information to various use groups. Excellent communication and leadership skills are essential. Candidates must be supportive of the Land-Grant system and its mission of teaching, research, and extension. Candidates must also have a commitment to Mississippi State University’s core values of diversity, citizenship, leadership, and service.

Facility: The Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center is located in Raymond, MS, located 17 miles southwest of Jackson, MS. Website:
Expected date of employment: Review of applications to begin December 6, 2013. Open until filled.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Instructions for Applying: Please apply online at

Position Announcement – Plant Pathology

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, (posting #8384). Questions can be directed to Dr. Brad Day, Chair of the Search Committee, ( 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 ( and visit the Rosling Lab website