Category Archives: postdoc

PostdoC: Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP)

The TRI-I MMPTP (Research Triangle, North Carolina) have ONE open fellowship slot to start as early as 8/1/20 and applications are now being accepted for the slot to be filled on a rolling basis.  As a reminder, since this is a T32 program the fellows must be US citizens or permanent residents.  Fellows placed on the training grant can receive up to 3 years of fellowship support. 

A diverse set of faculty across 3 universities (UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, NC State) working on molecular mycology from plant pathology, animal disease, pathogenesis, evolution, cellular and molecular biology of fungi https://mmptp.mgm.duke.edu/faculty/.

Updated information about the program, our long successful history, and application specifics can all be found on our website: https://mmptp.mgm.duke.edu/

To plan ahead, we are also anticipating having TWO additional open slots to start next year on 8/1/21.

If you have interested applicants, please have them email me directly at: bill.steinbach@duke.edu

Postdoc: Mycology And/or Fungal Ecology of New Zealand’s truffle-like fungi

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated researcher with
a strong interest in mycology and or fungal ecology.

Applications close on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 5pm NZT
https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/NGk29/Post-Doctoral-Researcher-Ecology-,38246.html

About The Opportunity

The purpose of this role is to lead and undertake research as part of
a Marsden Fund project aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the
evolutionary history and dispersal ecology of New Zealand’s trufflelike
fungi

Specifically the role will require the successful candidate to plan
and undertake fieldwork collect and analyse field-based evidence
of animal-fungi interactions measure and analyse adaptive traits
scent spectral reflectance in trufflelike fungi and perform spatial
trait-mapping of trufflelike fungi

This position is fixed-term three years and may be based at our Auckland
or Lincoln sites

About You

You will possess a PhD in ecology or a similar field a strong interest
in mycology and or fungal ecology and a research background relevant to
one or more of the following topics ecological interactions coevolution
fungi adaptation and dispersal sensory ecology animal behaviour

You will be enthusiastic and willing to learn new techniques and have
experience organising and leading fieldwork in remote places

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and a solid
publishing record relative to opportunity

Why Manaaki Whenua

Our land our future this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research exists

At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving
New Zealand s rich biodiversity improving biosecurity and protecting
the health of the land fresh water and soil resources we need for a
prosperous future.

We recognise the importance of partnerships the special role of Màori
and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge
understanding and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious
environment.

We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our
research and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally

Manaaki Whenua embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive
and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique
contribution

What we offer

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family friendly environment enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development

How to apply

Enquiries about the position may be directed to Jamie Wood
<woodj@landcareresearch.co.nz>

For further details about Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research visit our
website www.landcareresearch.co.nz

Applications close on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 5pm NZT
https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/NGk29/Post-Doctoral-Researcher-Ecology-,38246.html

Industry
Non-profit Organization Management  Research  Government Administration

Employment Type-Full-time

Woodj@landcareresearch.co.nz

Postdoc: Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security – NC State

 Position Description 

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at NC State University in Raleigh is hiring a full-time postdoctoral associate for two years beginning in the summer of 2020. The postdoctoral associate will join a research team of faculty in the cluster for Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security (EPDGFS) across four colleges and work on a project funded but the Plant Sciences Initiative https://cals.ncsu.edu/psi/ at NC State. 

The postdoctoral associate will work with faculty in the EPDGFS to develop, test and deploy innovative in-field microneedle (MN) and volatile organic compound (VOC) sensors for early plant disease surveillance on tomato. We will deploy a cost-effective sensor platform for monitoring plant pathogens using volatile organic compounds and MN-based LAMP assays that are signatures for disease or abiotic stress. Data from sensors will be collected from controlled inoculated plants in the phytotron and sequential inoculations. We will target important fungal (Alternaria linariae), oomycete (Phytopthora infestans), bacterial (Xanthomonas perforans) and viral (Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus-TSWV) pathogens and their vectors on tomatoes and test the technology in laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments. 

Qualifications – Education, experience, licensure etc. 

A PhD degree is required with expertise in plant pathology, evolution and population genetics and modeling of fungal or oomycete pathogens. Required: A basic understanding of plant pathology, epidemiology, evolution and population’s genetics, modeling and pathogen diagnostics is important. Field and greenhouse experience with plants is required. Skills and experience using next generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics software tools to study evolutionary relationships of the detected pathogens is desired. 

Applicants from a variety of disciplines (e.g., plant pathology, plant biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology or genetics) are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants must have a good command of qualitative and/or quantitative methods used in epidemiology, population genetics and ecology and understand how sensors can be deployed in the field. 

Department Required Skills 

Preferred Years’ Experience, Skills, Training, and Education: A PhD in related discipline and experience in the laboratory and field for at least five years post undergraduate. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must. Finally, applicants must have received their doctoral degree by the start date. The fellowship includes a competitive salary and plus health insurance. 

Other Work/Responsibilities: The postdoctoral associate will work as part of a team with a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and other faculty in the cluster 

to develop, trouble shoot and validate the sensors for oomycete, fungi and bacteria and viruses on plants. 

Basis for request: This is a new project funded by the Plant Science Initiative at NC State 

Primary Function of Organizational Unit 

The postdoctoral associate will be a member of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology but will work with faculty in the “Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security cluster” at NC State. They will be housed in Jean Ristainos’s lab in 2503 Thomas Hall. 

During their training, postdoctoral associate will receive close mentoring from several cluster program faculty. They will attend seminars and meetings, present their research at national research conferences, write papers, and hone their skills in specific methodological techniques. In addition, the postdoctoral associate will gain practical experience by helping to plan and run a large research project and by supervising graduate and undergraduate student research assistants. 

To Apply: An application at the NC State employment website is required which can be found at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/132174 Posting number PG190174PD. In addition, a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and two publications or papers should be submitted by email before May 31. Your letter of interest must detail how your skills and interests match specific opportunities provided by the post-doctoral fellowship. Anticipated start date is August 2020. Send inquires to Dr. Jean Ristaino jean_ristaino@ncsu.edu

NC State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. 

Postdoctoral Positions in the Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP) at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University

Postdoctoral Positions in the Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP) at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University

The Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program is seeking Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants.  This program was founded in 2004 and has been continuously funded by an NIH/NIAID T32 training grant over the past 15 years, and was renewed recently for a fourth five year funding period.  Two fellowship positions are available as of August 1, 2019 or thereafter.  The program funds both basic and clinical fellows working on all aspects of mycology encompassing model fungi, plant pathogenic fungi, and human pathogenic fungi.  Areas of interest span DNA repair and recombination in model yeasts, virulence of human and plant fungal pathogens, antifungal drug targets and mechanisms of action and therapeutic development, evolution of fungi, and clinical infectious diseases, among others. The program is tri-institutional and features training mentors in all thematic areas throughout the Triangle Area of North Carolina, and supports fellows at all three institutions.  The program is co-directed by Joe Heitman, Andy Alspaugh, and Bill Steinbach, and supports career development through a series of ongoing activities including a monthly lunch meeting series, annual symposia, travel awards to meeting and courses, and regular meetings with scientific advisory committee members and visiting speakers including advisory board members.  The program has an illustrious group of alumni (some are listed below), many of whom are leaders in medical mycology or with leadership positions in pharma, industry, and government/NIH. Women and individuals representing diversity in science are encouraged to apply.  Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the program co-directors and send a letter of interest, cv, reprints, and references. Further information at the program website: https://mmptp.mgm.duke.edu/

Many program alumni are excelling in independent positions: Robert Cramer (Dartmouth),  Brian Smith (Duke), Michael Price (Liberty University), Kirsten Nielsen (University of Minnesota), Crystal Icenhour (CEO Aperiomics), Xiaorong Lin (University of Georgia), Alex Idnurm (University of Melbourne), Marianela Rodriguez-Carres (BASF-RTP), Jarrod Fortwendel (University of Tennessee), Josh Burgess (Epicentre), Min Ni (Regeneron), Wenjun Li (NCBI), Richard Festa (Irvine Scientific), Soo Chan Lee (University of Texas, San Antonio), Xuying Wang (GlaxoSmithKline), Jelena Catania (University of Central Florida College), Ryoko Oono (UC Santa Barbara), and Chelsea Boyd (NIH/NIAID).

Please send application materials to Joseph Heitman at heitm001@duke.edu, Andy Alspaugh at Andrew.alspaugh@duke.edu, and Bill Steinbach at bill.steinbach@duke.edu

Postdoc: suppressive soil microbiomes, Univ Minnesota

Post-doctoral researcher position:  Two, three-year post-doctoral positions are available in the Kinkel laboratory at the University of Minnesota.  We are seeking post-doctoral scientists to work on two new project studying the factors the mediate the composition and functional capacities of soil microbiomes to support plant productivity.  One project utilizes a unique, long-term, 5-species crop monoculture experiment to test predictions of a mechanistic model for the development of disease-suppressive microbiomes.  The second project explores variation in the coevolutionary dynamics of soil microbiomes in response to diverse treatments.  Both projects will integrate data on microbial community composition (amplicon sequencing), microbial functional characteristics (using culture-based approaches), and analyses of soil chemical characteristics, including carbon profiles, to evaluate ecological and evolutionary factors that mediate the pathogen-suppressive and other functional capacities of soil microbiomes.  This research will contribute to the development of novel strategies for managing soil microbiomes for enhanced crop productivity. 

Preferred Qualifications:Familiarity with fundamental concepts in ecology, evolutionary biology, plant pathology, and microbiology; experience with microbiome analyses using sequence-based approaches, and microbial culturing; experience with programming using R and/or Python; willingness to interact broadly with diverse scientists in a fast-paced laboratory setting; ability to work independently, to accomplish goals, and to meet deadlines. 

Salary: Starting salary, $48,426 annually, commensurate with experience.

Application instructions:   Individuals should apply through the University of Minnesota website: (https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job) Job ID# 327351 & Job ID# 328479.  Any questions, please contact Linda Kinkel (kinkel@umn.edu).  

Postdoc: Bioinformatics for Fungal Genomics and Transcriptomics, UC Davis, California

BACKGROUND

The Stergiopoulos lab at the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California Davis is seeking for a highly skilled and motivated post-doc in the field of fungal genomics and transcriptomics. The lab studies the molecular mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis on plants with an emphasis on characterizing computationally and by functional analyses critical molecular and cellular functions required for virulence. As part of our studies we use a systems-level approach that integrates comparative genomics, genome-wide transcriptome profiling, targeted proteomics, and functional analysis of selective gene candidates to study the mechanisms that control gene expression and transcriptome diversity of fungal virulence associated genes.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The successful candidate will work on sequencing using cutting-edge next- generation sequencing technologies and assembling at the chromosome level the genomes of important fungal pathogens of agronomic importance as well as mining these genomes for candidate pathogenicity genes. The candidate is also expected to analyze and mine dual RNAseq data of compatible plant- pathogen interactions that are already available in the lab. The position will become available in January 2019 and is initially for one year, renewable for a second year upon satisfactory performance. Salary is based on experience and qualifications according to UC Davis pay-scales. UC Davis provides a highly vibrant intellectual atmosphere, a pleasant college environment and career development activities specifically designed for post-doctoral scholars.

EXPERIENCE
Highly motivated candidates with an interest in applying cutting-edge next- generation sequencing-based technologies to host-microbe interactions research are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should have received recently a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computational biology or related fields. A strong record of scientific accomplishment by peer-reviewed publications as well as experience in analyzing high-throughput genomics and transcriptomics data is a plus for this position. Candidates should also be proficient in at least one of the common programming languages used in bioinformatics (C, C++, Java etc.) and have excellent verbal and written communication skills

APPLICATION
Interested candidates should send to Prof. Ioannis Stergiopoulos (istergiopoulos@ucdavis.edu) a single pdf file that includes a cover letter, their full CV, a statement of research interests, and contact information of three references.

http://sterg001.wixsite.com/stergiopoulos-lab

PDF of the job announcement UC Davis_Postdoc in Fungal Genomics and Transcriptomics

Postdoc: Evolution of downy mildew pathogens

Postdoctoral Researcher – Evolution of downy mildew pathogens

The Quesada Lab at North Carolina State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position. The Postdoc will be responsible for performing evolutionary genomics research with downy mildew plant pathogens affecting specialty crops. The project will focus on studying host adaptation in downy mildew pathogens and shifts in pathogen populations that have resulted in failure of control methods such as host resistance and fungicides. Next generation sequencing and multi-locus sequencing will be used for isolate genotyping. Phenotyping assays to characterize pathogen virulence and sensitivity to fungicides will be performed in growth chambers and in the field. The candidate will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data, writing scientific publications, giving oral and poster presentations, and assisting with grant writing and reports. The Postdoc will also assist with activities related to lab management, training and supervision of other lab staff and stakeholders, and field trials.

This position requires a recent PhD degree (within the last 4 years) in plant pathology, plant-microbe interactions, microbiology, or evolution. Self-motivation, independence, good time management skills, and a high level of written and spoken English are required. Experience working with filamentous pathogens in a lab setting, using CLC Genomics workbench or similar packages, R or similar statistical analysis platforms, experience in statistical analysis, demonstrated ability to publish scientific papers, ability to search and read scientific literature pertinent to job, mentor other staff, and developing new research protocols are also required. Experience with population genetics and evolutionary analysis of filamentous plant pathogens, analysis of Illumina and PacBio sequencing data, and coding experience (bash, perl, python) is preferred but not required.

The lab is located on the main campus in Raleigh. NC State’s location in the Research Triangle Park provides unique opportunities for interactions with the Ag. Biotech industry, including AgBiome, Novozymes, Bayer Crop Science, BASF, Syngenta, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center; other major universities, including Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; local research networking groups such as the North Carolina Microbiome Consortium; NC Department of Agriculture and several federal agencies. Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing qualifications, a resume or CV with contact information for three references, college transcripts, and a one-page abstract of Ph. D. thesis to Dr. Lina Quesada (lmquesad@ncsu.edu).

The position will be open until filled.

PDF of advertisement

Postdoc: Fungal Endophyte Genomics, U’Ren lab, U Arizona

Postdoc Position Fungal Endophyte Genomics • U’Ren lab

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Jana U’Ren at the University of Arizona to study the ecology and evolution of plant-endophyte symbioses. The project centers on enriching genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic knowledge of phylogenetically diverse endophytic fungi in collaboration with the DOE Joint Genome Institute. The start date is flexible, but anticipated to be in Fall/Winter 2018 or when the suitable candidate is identified. The position has an initial appointment for one year with a strong likelihood of extension to a second year pending performance review.

The ideal candidate will be skilled in bioinformatics, molecular biology, and microbiology with a background in plant-microbe interactions, ecology, and evolution. Minimum requirements: a PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, mycology, plant pathology, or a related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in both bioinformatics and molecular biology. Preferred candidates will have excellent communication skills, high motivation, and a strong willingness to work independently and as part of an integrative team. Potential duties include (but are not limited to) comparative genomic and transcriptomic analyses, functional trait assays, and plant inoculation experiments, with potential for the development of independent research projects related to plant-fungal interactions.

As part of the UA Ecosystem Genomics Initiative and the BIO5 Institute, the successful candidate will have extensive opportunities to collaborate across departments at UA, as well as with collaborators at other universities. This collaborative environment is conducive to development of a pathway to independence in academic research. The position also includes opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate researchers from diverse backgrounds.

Home to the world-class University of Arizona, Tucson is a vibrant southwestern city with a rich and distinctive heritage, fabulous access to outdoor activities, and diverse opportunities for cultural engagement. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and copies of three recent publications. All application materials should be submitted in a single email to Dr. Jana U’Ren (juren@email.arizona.edu).

PDF: Postdoc-URen-Lab-Arizona-2

Postdoc: Fungal fusion and chemotropic interactions UC-Berkeley

The Departments of Plant and Microbial Biology and Chemistry/Molecular Cellular and Biology at The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee position starting fall 2018/early 2019 on a project entitled “A novel role for polysaccharide monooxygenases in signaling, chemotropic interactions and cell fusion”. This is a collaborative, mission-driven project to define biochemical and functional aspects associated with functions of polysaccharide monooxygenases in the signaling, development and cell biology of filamentous fungi. This project is a collaborative effort between the laboratories of N. Louise Glass (PMB), with expertise in filamentous fungal biology, signaling, cell fusion and genetics and Michael Marletta (MCB/Chemistry), with expertise in structure/functional analyses of polysaccharide monooxygenases. For more information see (http://glasslab.berkeley.edu/) for Glass research on fungal cell fusion and (https://www.marlettalab.org/) for Marletta research on polysaccharide monooxygenases.

Position Qualifications: A Ph.D. with a strong background in molecular microbiology, biochemistry and genetics (or related discipline) is required. Experience working with fungi, particularly filamentous fungi is a strength. The ability to work in teams, as well as an ability to work independently, is essential.

Salary range is approximately $49,188 to $53,184, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

Applicants should submit a CV and a summary of research experience via email to Professor N. Louise Glass (Lglass@berkeley.edu)

The first review date for this position is August 1, 2018.

Three (3) confidential letters of reference should be sent under separate email cover. Please refer referees to the University’s statement on confidentiality, found at: http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html. Minorities and women encouraged to apply. University of California is an EOE/AAE.

PDF: Glass Postdoc Fusion 2018

Postdoc: Computational Transcriptomics. Massey University (NZ)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Transcriptomics with Professor Barry Scott, Massey University, New Zealand

We are looking for a computational biologist with the necessary academic training and competency to analyse a large transcriptome data set generated from endophyte infected grass tissue. The project is collaborative with Professor Christopher Schardl at the University of Kentucky and Professor Murray Cox at Massey University. We are interested in identifying genes that are differentially expressed during the onset of stromata (sexual stage) development on the grass host. We have isolated RNA from different tissues of three different fungal-grass associations. We have gene models for the fungal components of all three associations but gene models for just one host. The post doc will be expected to develop their own hypotheses in analyzing this very large data set and work with a wider group working on the genomics, transcriptomics and functional analysis of fungal-grass associations. The analytical position requires solid quantitative and computational skills, with the ability to develop and apply new bioinformatics applications to the analyses.  At a minimum, some confidence in bioinformatics and a programming language is required. Training in fungal biology or genomics can be provided as needed, and candidates from non-standard research backgrounds with a clear fit to the position are encouraged to apply.

Funding is available for just one year from a research sub-contract with the Bioprotection Research Centre to Massey University. Salaries are competitive starting at $69,841 for step 1 of the post-doctoral scale.

The position will be based with Professor Barry Scott at Massey University in the city of Palmerston North.
Please email if you have any further questions: d.b.scott@massey.ac.nz

PDF of job ad: Post doc in computational biology

To submit an application, please provide:

  1.  A brief statement of research interests and experience, focusing on short to medium term
    career goals and your fit for this position
  2. Curriculum vitae, including qualifications and scientific publications
  3. The names and contact details of three referees willing to provide a confidential letter of recommendation upon request

Closing Date: to be readvertised

JOB DESCRIPTION
Purpose Statement: To carry out individual and team-based research on changes in gene expression associated with the onset of endophyte sexual development on grass hosts.

Responsible To: The Head of the Institute of Fundamental Sciences through Professor Barry Scott

Key Accountability Areas:
The Fellow is required to:

  • Undertake computational research on fungal transcriptomics
  • Undertake other relevant duties as specified and approved by the Principal Investigator
  • Maintain accurate and orderly records of experiments, procedures and code, and store these records and data in the laboratory group archive.
  • Report weekly to the Principal Investigator summarizing research progress and planned future research, with a focus on work towards research publications
  • Publish at least one peer-reviewed publication in an international scientific journal
  • Be familiar with Institute guidelines and rules for safety and approved practices in experimental work
  •  Maintain an organised and safe working environment
  • Be familiar with Institute guidelines and safety rules.
  • Participate fully in the academic activities of the Institute and the University
  • Provide two monthly written reports to the project leader that summarise research progress and planned future experiments with a focus on publications
  • Devote themselves full-time to University duties
  • Diligently and faithfully serve the University and use their best endeavours to promote and protect the interests of the University
  • Maintain confidentiality both during and after the appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Qualifications:  A PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, or otherwise applicable field (interpreted broadly)

Experience:
Miniumum Qualifications

  • Able to conduct independent cutting-edge research
  • Proven research experience, including evidence of a publication record
  • Quantitative skills, including some background in statistics and programming

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates will be conversant in at least one programming language (broadly defined)
  • Additional bioinformatics, computational and/or statistical experience would be an advantage
  • Candidates with a background in biology together with applied mathematics, physics or computer science are encouraged to apply
  • Some knowledge of biological systems

Attributes and Skills:

  • good quantitative skills
  • experimental and intellectual creativity
  •  initiative and enthusiasm
  • proven ability to write, and potential to take the lead on scientific publications
  • commitment to quality improvement, up-skilling and personal development
  • ability to organize and maintain quality records
  • integrity and confidentiality
  •  good time-management skills
  • ability to work as a member of a team