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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.


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.


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 ( and Jo Anne Crouch ( 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:  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]

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

Postdoctoral Researcher, Boxwood Blight

We are seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to study the interaction between boxwood plants and the boxwood blight fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata (syn. Cylindrocladium buxicola) using microscopic bio-imaging and transcriptomic investigations.

The incumbent will generate strains of fluorescent protein-labeled C. pseudonaviculata and inoculate susceptible and non-susceptible boxwood plants to evaluate the infection process and fungal development in planta. Available bio-imaging platforms will include digital light microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, variable pressure and low temperature scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the Oxford X-ray Diffraction System for qualitative and quantitative identification of chemical elements. The incumbent will simultaneously generate RNA-Seq data from the host/pathogen interaction to develop hypotheses related to the colonization of hosts by this pathogen.

The position is based on the campus of the USDA-ARS Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Complex in Beltsville, MD, the world’s largest and most diverse agricultural research center, located just 16 miles north of the U.S. capitol city of Washington, D.C. The incumbent will work under the guidance of Dr. Jo Anne Crouch at the Systematic Mycology & Microbiology Laboratories and in collaboration with Dr. Gary Bauchan at the on-site core Electron & Confocal Microscopy Unit. The Crouch lab is part of a multidisciplinary, multi-state collaboration between the USDA-ARS, the U.S. National Arboretum, the IR-4 Project, and eleven university and experiment station research groups, working in cooperation with the nursery industry in an integrated, coordinated effort toward the common goal of understanding and mitigating boxwood blight disease.
* Qualifications *
This position requires a recent (within 4 years) Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, mycology, molecular biology or a closely related field that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Knowledge of fungal transformation, advanced microscopy techniques, biostatistics and transcriptome analysis are desirable. Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently, produce quality research output and a strong publication record are required.

* Terms of Appointment and Application Instructions *
This is a two-year appointment, at the GS-11 level (starting salary $62,467).

Citizenship restrictions apply. Eligible Foreign Nationals must meet both Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements found under “Foreign Nationals Eligible for Federal Employment” at

Visit the following website for instructions on how to apply for the position:

Informal inquiries are welcome: Dr. Jo Anne Crouch, joanne.crouch[AT]
ARS is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Job: Senior Researcher in Mycology

Senior Researcher in Mycology

The Mycology Section at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew invites applications for an appointment as a Senior Researcher in the team. The successful candidate will conduct research on fungal systematics of Ascomycota or Basidiomycota. Candidates with research experience in molecular phylogenetics, molecular ecology, genomics, and areas related to fungal conservation are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, extramurally funded research programme investigating fungal systematics, contribute to curation of the collections, disseminate research findings in high impact scientific journals and at conferences, and provide expert taxonomic advice when needed.

Key Qualifications and experience

  • PhD in mycology or related discipline, and appropriate post-doctoral research experience
  • Strong publication record on topics relevant to the position
  • Excellent written & oral skills (communication and presentation of results of research, good publication record)
  • Demonstrable ability to raise external funding to support research

Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of defined benefit or stakeholder pension, a flexible benefits scheme, as well as a great working environment.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post. If you wish to be considered as a disabled applicant please make this clear in your application.

CLOSING DATE: 7 December 2012, 12 noon

INTERVIEW DATE: 17 December 2012

Postdoc at Rutgers Univ of fungal population genetics of the Boxwood blight pathosystem

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate is sought to contribute to research of the boxwood blight pathosystem. The incumbent will: (1) Design and validate an isothermal molecular diagnostic assay for the boxwood blight fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata; and (2) Utilize comparative RAD-Seq genome datasets to analyze genetic diversity across a global C. pseudonaviculata sample; and (3) Contribute to the training of student interns. The incumbent will be part of a multistate collaborative research initiative aimed at mitigating the effect of boxwood blight disease in the U.S.

The position will be physically located on the campus of the USDA-ARS Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Complex in Beltsville, MD, the world’s largest and most diverse agricultural research center, located just 16 miles north of the U.S. capitol city of Washington, DC.

*Qualifications* Ph.D. in plant pathology, mycology, evolutionary biology or related field is required. Candidates must be willing to take a leading role in mentoring student interns, and interacting with other team members working on various components of boxwood blight research efforts. Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently, produce quality research output, a strong publication record and excellent verbal communication skills are required.

*Terms of Appointment* Salary is $50,000 per anuum, plus Rutgers University benefits. Funds are guaranteed for one year. An additional year is contigent on performance and funding. Position is available starting immediately, and review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Email curriculum vitae, a brief description of research interests and career goals and contact information for three reference to:

Brad Hillman (hillman[AT] & Jo Anne Crouch (joanne.crouch[AT]

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

Assistant Professor – Bioinformaticist/Computational Biologist at Kansas State University

A tenure track job related to bioinformatics and plants or plant/pathogen interactions is available at Kansas State University. Review of applications will begin on November 23.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent, externally funded research program in bioinformatics and computational biology with an emphasis on the genomics of plants, microbes, and/or their interactions.  Kansas State University has faculty with dynamic research programs in the genomics of plants, microbes, their interactions, and related areas, many of whom are engaged with the Integrated Genomics Facility (IGF) and Bioinformatics Center.  The successful candidate is expected to develop a research program that complements these programs, and to collaborate with faculty, staff and students in the department and across campus in the design of experiments and the analysis of experimental data.

Montana State – Asst Prof Environmental Microbiology

Faculty Position in the Department of Microbiology.

The Department of Microbiology and the Institute on Ecosystems at Montana State University Bozeman invites candidates with a PhD in Microbiology or related area to apply for a full-time, nine-month tenure track position in Environmental Microbiology at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2013.  The successful candidate will have postdoctoral and/or Assistant Professor experience and will be responsible for developing an extramurally funded, nationally recognized research program within the broad field of environmental microbiology.  The faculty member will participate in teaching departmental undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization, and will be responsible for providing service to the university and scientific community via integration of research, teaching, and service.  A competitive institutional salary, a generous start-up package, and a renovated state-of-the-art research facility support this position. Full details about the position and application procedure are available at

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact the Search Committee Chairpersons, Drs. Mark Young or Matthew Fields, (; for more details.  Screening will begin Dec 1st, 2012 and will continue until a suitable applicant is hired.  ADA/EO/AA/Veterans Preference

UC Merced Prof of Biostatistics

The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research-centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.
The Molecular Cell Biology group in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced invites applications from exceptional scholars and teachers at the Assistant Professor (tenure track) level in Biostatistics.

Biostatistics is the development and use of statistical methods for medical and biological datasets including, but not limited to applications in experimental design, quantitative biology, epidemiology, medical informatics, nutrition, evolutionary biology, sequence bioinformatics, genomics, metabolomics, and systems biology. Current strengths of the Molecular Cell Biology group at UC Merced include cancer metabolism, diabetes, inflammation, infectious disease, and mechanisms of cell fate decisions. Ideally, applicants should demonstrate successful grantsmanship and nationally recognized research. We encourage applications from women and members of ethnic minorities.

The University of California at Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

Qualifications:  Strong applicants should have a Ph.D. and show a track-record in development and/or application of methods in biostatistics, biomedical informatics, epidemiology, multiple hypothesis testing, Bayesian estimation and model selection, Markov chain Monte Carlo, machine learning and/or other areas. The successful candidate will be expected to cultivate collaborative research relationships with faculty in biology, health sciences, and may also collaborate with applied mathematics.

Other qualifications include:
(1) Quality, importance, and impact of past and current research in an area of biostatistics as judged by publications, awards, and letters of recommendation.

(2) External funding history or potential for obtaining external funding.

(3) Likely importance and impact of future research as judged by research plan and
letters of recommendation.

(4) Research interests that complement and strengthen those of current faculty
in the biological sciences.

(5) Potential ability to mentor graduate and/or post-graduate students and to contribute to graduate education and training, particularly of minorities underrepresented in health and
STEM fields.

(6) Potential effectiveness as an educator at both undergraduate and graduate levels based on teaching statement, experience, teaching evaluations, and letters from former students (as available).

Closing Date:         12/10/2012

Univ of Oregon Faculty position in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Genetics


Faculty Positions in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Genetics

The Departments of Biology ( and Mathematics ( ) at the University of Oregon announce a cluster hire of up to three tenure-related faculty positions in Fall 2013. One of these positions may be at the level of Associate or Full Professor with indefinite tenure. These hires are part of an integrated effort to strengthen research and scholarship at the nexus of statistics/mathematics and biology at the University of Oregon, and will serve as a catalyst for future growth in this area. We are broadly interested in recruiting candidates working in areas developing statistical methodology related to the life sciences. Examples of these areas include, but are not limited to, statistical analysis of large data sets, algorithms for analyzing sequence data, and stochastic models for neuroscience, population genomics and molecular evolution. Successful candidates will bolster our emerging strengths in biomathematics, maintain an outstandi
ng research program that focuses on solving core problems in this area, and have a commitment to excellence in teaching. Ph.D. required. Position responsibilities include undergraduate teaching.

Interested persons should apply online to the MATHBIO SEARCH, University of Oregon at Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, a statement of research accomplishments and future research plans, a description of teaching experience and philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Ideally the research description and at least one of the letters of recommendation would include descriptions of the statistical/mathematical tools or models used in the applicant’s research. To ensure consideration, application materials should be uploaded by November 15th, 2012, but the search will remain open until the positions are filled.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution committed to cultural
diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and supportive of the needs of dual career couples. We invite applications
from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity.