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Postdoc: Fungal Ecology and Evolution

Postdoctoral Position in Fungal Ecology and Evolution

Contact: Dr. Serita Frey, Department of Natural Resources & the Environment,University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH USA Serita.Frey@unh.edu

(Questions can also be directed to Dr. Anne Pringle, University of Wisconsin-Madison, anne.pringle@wisc.edu)

Our laboratory aims to understand connections between microbial community structure and ecosystem function. We document the impacts of environmental change on the diversity, community composition, and function of the soil microbial community, and test whether shifts in the community subsequently influence ecosystem-scale carbon and nutrient cycling dynamics. A recent focus is on anthropogenic drivers of fungal evolution, in collaboration with Dr. Anne Pringle at the University of Wisconsin.

This two-year position will focus specifically on fungal evolution within global change contexts, with an emphasis on how fungi evolve in response to soil warming and simulated nitrogen deposition. The candidate will have the flexibility to explore questions that fall within this general topic area, while building on previous research conducted in the Frey and Pringle Labs. The candidate is expected to have strong interests and experience in evolution and ecology. Expertise in cultivation-based and genomic analyses as applied to soil fungi is highly desirable. The candidate will be expected to work independently, but also cooperatively with other members of the lab and with the Pringle Laboratory. A Ph.D. degree in evolution, ecology, natural resources, microbiology, or related field, along with relevant research experience is required. The target start date is Oct. 1, 2017, though an earlier start date is possible. Review of applications will begin April 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

To apply please send the following items in a single PDF file to Serita Frey (serita.frey@unh.edu): letter of interest/experience, CV, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

Postdoc, Student: Evolutionary Genomics Plant Pathogens

POSITIONS IN EVOLUTIONARY GENOMICS OF FUNGAL PLANT PATHOGENS
We are seeking talented and motivated postdoc (research associate) and PhD student (research assistant) candidates in the Fungal Genomics and Evolution Lab within the Synthetic and Systems Biology Unit of the Biological Research Center, with experience in molecular biology, microbiology, light microscopy or bioinformatics.
The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for studying the evolution of the interaction between pathogenic fungi and host plants in the context of multicellular development using a wide range of high-throughput techniques, including single-cell transcriptomics, comparative genomics and bioinformatics.  Candidates are welcome for both bioinformatics and wet-lab projects (please specify).
The successful Candidate has:
• PhD/Msc or equivalent in biology with specialization in molecular biology, functional genomics, bioinformatics or microbiology
• Solid skills in molecular biology assays, microscopy and/or basic microbiological methods
• Experience or interest in bioinformatics, phylogenetics
• Fluency in English
• Good team player traits
We offer:
• Top notch projects and instrumentation
• International environment
• Competitive salaries (420 000 HUF, equivalent to EUR 3 400 in Paris when adjusted to cost of living in Szeged [numbeo.com])
• Extensive collaborator network
Preferred candidates will have diverse research interest, high motivation, excellent communication skills and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team.  For more details on our research see the lab website: http://group.szbk.u-szeged.hu/sysbiol/nagy-laszlo-lab-index.html
Related Publications:
Kohler A, Kuo A, Nagy LG, et al. (2015) Nature Genetics 47:410-5. DOI: 10.1038/ng.3223
Nagy LG, Ohm R, et al. (2014) Nature Communications 5:4471. DOI:10.1038/ncomms5471
Contact and application
If interested, send a motivation letter along with your CV to Laszlo Nagy (cortinarius2000@gmail.com).

Postdoc: P. destructans and White Nose Syndrome – Univ Wisconsin-Madison

Postdoc Microbiologist/Molecular Biologist: Wisconsin

Agency University of Wisconsin, Department of Pathobiological Sciences
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Job Category Post Doctoral Appointments
Salary $47,476.00 (annual salary)
Last Date to Apply 12/31/2016

Description

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION studying the mechanisms of resistance to white-nose syndrome (WNS), an emerging disease of bats caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. Two years of funding is available through the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Pathobiological Sciences and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center located in Madison, WI. The primary objective of this project is to determine the biotic and abiotic properties of soil that reduce the abundance of infectious P. destructans in the environment. The specific objectives pertaining to WNS are to: 1) identify cave soils that suppress P. destructans, 2) characterize microbial communities and soil properties that may suppress P. destructans in the environment, and 3) investigate the potential to manipulate soils so that they are less conducive for the survival of P. destructans. The USGS National Wildlife Health Center conducts diagnostic work and research on numerous aspects of WNS and other wildlife diseases, and the selected candidate may have opportunities to work on additional projects as time and funding permit. 

Qualifications

Qualified applicants should have a recent (last 1-3 years) Ph.D. with an emphasis in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, or a similar discipline. Applicants must have 1) a record of research and publications, 2) experience with next-generation sequencing, metagenomics, and microbial community analyses, 3) proficiency with real-time PCR, 4) ability to work independently and solve project objectives with limited assistance, 5) good written and oral communication skills, 6) ability to work with other scientists, and 7) interest in disease ecology. Experience with culturing bacteria and fungi from environmental samples and/or analysis of soil properties is preferred but not required. Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining experience, research interests, and relevant coursework; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references to Dr. Jeffrey Lorch, US Geological Survey – National Wildlife Health Center at jlorch@usgs.gov (please cc applications to Dr. Tony Goldberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison at tony.goldberg@wisc.edu). Applicants should apply by December 31, 2016 to ensure consideration; however, applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Contact Person Jeffrey Lorch

Contact eMail jlorch@usgs.gov

Postdoc: Institute Pasteur working on Candida albicans

2 postdoc positions for work on Candida albicans from Christian d’Enfert’s group at Institute Pasteur

Post-doctoral position: Candida albicans regulatory networks

A post-doctoral position is available starting January 2, 2017 in the Fungal Biology and Pathogenicity Unit in the Department of Mycology at Institut Pasteur, Paris, to characterize regulatory networks governing morphogenesis and stress responses in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans.

The successful candidate will join our group to characterize a set of C. albicans transcription factors using genome-wide approaches and contribute to the definition of a global regulatory network of morphogenesis and stress responses in C. albicans. The project will involve collaboration with other groups in the Paris area in the frame of the Candihub project (https://candihub.eu/).

The position, funded by the French National Research Agency, is available starting January 2, 2017. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in yeast molecular genetics and omics approaches. Expertise in bioinformatics would be appreciated. Institut Pasteur in Paris offers an excellent international, dynamic and stimulating scientific campus with more than 1500 researchers working in 11 Departments.

Application: Please send a cover letter by October 1st detailing motivation and research interests, a concise summary of previous research activities, a complete CV and contact information for three referees to Christophe d’Enfert, christophe.denfert@pasteur.fr.

https://research.pasteur.fr/en/job/post-doctoral-position-candida-albicans- regulatory-networks/

Post-doctoral position: Molecular mechanisms governing the formation and antifungal tolerance of Candida albicans biofilms

A post-doctoral position is available starting January 2, 2017 in the Fungal Biology and Pathogenicity Unit in the Department of Mycology at Institut Pasteur, Paris, to study the molecular mechanisms involved in the formation and antifungal tolerance of biofilms of the fungal pathogen Candida albicans.

Biofilms formed by C. albicans on indwelling devices play a major role in the persistence of nosocomial infections, largely because of their elevated tolerance to antifungals. The successful candidate will join our group to perform a genome-wide evaluation of the role of C. albicans genes in biofilm formation and antifungal tolerance and subsequently investigate the function of selected genes. The project will involve development of high-throughput methods for the analysis of biofilms in collaboration with the Center for Innovation and Technological Research at Institut Pasteur.

The position, funded by Institut Pasteur, is available starting January 2, 2017. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in yeast molecular genetics and high-throughput approaches. Expertise in the analysis of biofilms would be appreciated. Institut Pasteur in Paris offers an excellent international, dynamic and stimulating scientific campus with more than 1500 researchers working in 11 Departments.

Application: Please send a cover letter by October 1st detailing motivation and research interests, a concise summary of previous research activities, a complete CV and contact information for three referees to Christophe d’Enfert, christophe.denfert@pasteur.fr.

https://research.pasteur.fr/en/job/post-doctoral-position-molecular- mechanisms-governing-the-formation-and-antifungal-tolerance-of-candida- albicans-biofilms/

Postdoc: UMichigan Fungal Genomics

The lab of Tim James in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in the area of single cell and comparative genomics. The research is centered on understanding the phylogeny and molecular evolution of uncultured and poorly known fungi, including the Cryptomycetes, Zygomycetes, and Chytridiomycetes through genomic analyses. The ultimate goals of the project are to produce a well-resolved phylogeny of the basal branches of the fungal kingdom, to identify key evolutionary events associated with diversification and reproduction, and to use genomics to predict ecological roles of uncultured lineages. A major component of the work will be to develop or improve methods for sequencing fungal genomes and transcriptomes using single or few cells or genome assembly using metagenomic approaches. This work will involve collaborations with the ZyGOLife research network (zygolife.org) and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI). The projects are supported by NSF and two JGI Community Sequencing Projects.

The ideal candidate will be skilled in bioinformatics, molecular biology, and microbiology with an interest in fungi. Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in both bioinformatics and molecular biology. Possible duties include environmental sampling, cell sorting (FACS, micromanipulation), microscopy, genome assembly and annotation, and comparative analyses of genome evolution. Opportunities for mentoring undergraduates or research associates will be provided. The initial appointment is for one year with a possibility of extension to a second year pending performance review.

Our lab (www.umich.edu/~mycology) pursues diverse projects in mycology, and the environment is conducive to development of a pathway to independence in academic research. The lab is in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://www.eeb.lsa.umich.edu/eeb/index.html), which has strengths in phylogenetics, evolutionary genomics, and disease ecology.

Interested applicants should email Tim James (tyjames@umich.edu) with a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references.

Anticipated Start Date: Between Oct. 1, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017.

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer. The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan harbors multiple labs with a focus on evolutionary genetics (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eeb).

Timothy Y. James
Associate Professor
Associate Curator of Fungi
Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
734-615-7753
tyjames@umich.edu
http://www.umich.edu/~mycology/

Postdoc: Population Genetics/Genomics of Fungal Plant Pathogens

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is pleased to accept applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in Population Genetics/Genomics of Fungal Plant Pathogens. This is a 12-month, non-tenure leading position established for a period of one year. This position is available immediately.

Continuation of the position beyond one year is dependent upon satisfactory performance of the incumbent in successfully accomplishing assigned duties, and upon availability of grant funds.

The core purpose of research in this position is to develop new molecular and computational tools that will improve understanding of continental-scale population structure of the notorious plant pathogen, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. The successful candidate will have responsibilities in two areas: mining and development of novel SSR markers and development of a reactive website via RShiny with a reference database of genotypes to allow comparisons by other researchers. Development of new SSR markers will require mining available genomes to identify new candidate loci. Implementation of the reactive website will require modification of existing R scripts and HTML pages. Previous work experience with population genetic analyses, computational biology, and fluency in one or more computer programming languages are desired (R, Linux, Perl, Python, etc.). Opportunities for teaching and supervisory experience will be provided. The incumbent will be expected to publish research results in refereed journals, present their research findings at national and international scientific meetings, and assist in preparation of nationally competitive grant proposals. The incumbent should have the ability to work independently as well as with a diverse team of researchers.

Requires a Ph.D. degree in place by date of employment. The successful candidate must have strong oral and written communication skills and publication record.

To apply for this position, email a single pdf file containing a letter of application describing research interests, professional goals, and specific qualifications, a CV, copy of transcripts, and contact information of three references to:
Dr. Sydney Everhart, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, everhart@unl.edu
Phone: 402-472-2879

Review of applications will begin on August 8, 2016 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Full advertisement available as PDF here: Postdoc_SscPopGen_7-28-2016

Postdoc: Stress biology using Neurospora as a model system (SLU – Sweden)

Stress biology using Neurospora as a model organism
Research at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology center on fundamental and applied aspects of fungal, microbial and plant biology. Important research topics include fungal interaction with other microorganisms and plants as well as ecological functioning and evolution. Central themes are plant pathology and nutrient cycling in agricultural and forest ecosystems. The department is placed at Bio Center at SLU, Uppsala with approx. 300 employees in plant science, microbiology, plant pathology, chemistry, molecular biology, food science and computing biology. At the campus, active collaborations are established with the ecology and soil science departments.

Postdoc: Computational Fungal Genomics (Univ of New Zealand)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Fungal Genomics

I am looking for a motivated and productive postdoctoral fellow
to explore the evolutionary implications of interactions between
genome structure, epigenetic modification and gene expression, with a particular focus on the 3D arrangement of unraveled chromosomes in the nucleus. Using a fungal model system with direct agricultural applications (Epichloe festucae), the postdoc will validate genome assemblies using long-read data, build 3D models of genome packing in the nucleus, and explore statistical associations with gene expression using extensive transcriptome data. This position is primarily analytical with an emphasis on producing high-quality publications from existing and ongoing data
collection efforts.

The position requires solid quantitative and computational skills in bioinformatics, with an emphasis on next generation sequencing and genome analysis. At minimum, a practical ability in basic scripting is required. Training in fungal biology and 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 guaranteed for two years. Salaries are extremely competitive, starting at NZ$68,000 (~US$46,000) per year.

The postdoc will be based in the Cox research group at Massey University, New Zealand. My research team is firmly embedded in the international scientific community, with extensive collaborative links to Australia, Europe and the United States. This position offers a rare opportunity to experience New Zealand¢s unique natural and cultural environment, while undertaking world-leading research. Palmerston North, a university town with a large international community, offers a full range of social and cultural amenities. The city is located close to both mountains and the sea, and presents regular opportunities for hiking, skiing, surfing and adventure sports.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Murray Cox (m.p.cox@massey.ac.nz). Information about the Cox research group (http://massey.genomicus.com) and the Bio-Protection Research Centre (http://bioprotection.org.nz) are available online.

To apply for this position, upload the following documents (in PDF format) at the official Massey University job website: http://massey-careers.massey.ac.nz/9147/postdoctoral-fellow-in-computational-fungal-genomics

  1.  A brief statement of research interests, qualifications and
    experience.
  2.  A curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific publications.
  3. The names and contact details of three referees willing to provide a confidential letter of recommendation upon request.

Prof Murray Cox
Statistics and Bioinformatics Group
Institute of Fundamental Sciences
Massey University
Palmerston North
NEW ZEALAND

http://massey.genomicus.com
m.p.cox@massey.ac.nz

Postdoc & PhD positions in Evolutionary Biology – Genome organization of AM fungi

Postdoc & PhD positions in Evolutionary Biology – Genome organization of AM fungi

At the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Description

Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi form symbiotic interactions with almost all terrestrial plants and have done so since plants first colonized land. The postdoc and PhD position are both part of a newly funded ERC research program aimed at understanding the ecology and evolution of these widespread and important organisms. Using state-of-the art technology, e.g., PacBio long read sequencing and single nucleus genomics methods, the research program seeks to resolve the genome organization of AM fungi so that the evolutionary consequences of their genome organization can be studied. Specifically, the project aims at testing the hypothesis that genetically distinct nuclear genotypes coexist within AM fungi. The project involves culturing of AM fungi, sorting and genotyping of nuclei from individual fungal isolates, genome and meta-genome sequencing and assembly, as well as genome size estimation. Based on the outcome of this first part, the project will be developed to connect genotype and phenotype to mycorrhizal activity.

The postdoc and PhD student will work close together and be part of an expanding research team led by Anna Rosling (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/rosling/research/) in collaboration with Hanna Johannesson (http://www.iob.uu.se/research/systematic-biology/johannesson/) at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University. EBC constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, housing some 300 scientists and graduate students. The scientific environment with numerous seminars, journal clubs and social activities offer excellent possibilities for contacts and collaborations. Local platforms for high-performance computational analyses (https://www.uppmax.uu.se/uppnex), NGS, SNP genotyping and proteomic analyses (http://www.scilifelab.se) ensure immediate access to state-of-the-art technology. This project will utilize several of the technological platforms at SciLifeLab in Uppsala, in particular the Microbial Single Cell Genomics Platform (https://www.scilifelab.se/facilities/single-cell/).

Qualifications

Experience in bioinformatics and genome analysis is necessary and experience in mycology is a merit. The ideal candidate is scientifically motivated and can work both independently and as part of a team. High standard of spoken and written English is required.

To apply for the PhD position you must have a Master Degree in Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Mycology or equivalent. Attach a copy of your diploma and your master thesis with the application.

To apply for the Post Doc position you must have acquired a PhD in Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Mycology or equivalent. Attach a copy of your PhD degree with the application.

Information about the position will be given by Anna Rosling tel +46 18-471 64 44, Anna.Rosling@ebc.uu.se.

Application: The application should include a letter with a short motivation of your interest in the position (one A4 page) and name and contact information to at least three reference persons and your CV. Use the link below to access the application form.

PhD candidates are welcome to submit their application using the link below no later than February 29, 2016. http://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=88336

Post Doc candidates are welcome to submit their application by email to Anna.Rosling@ebc.uu.se no later than February 15, 2016

Postdoc: Fungal Evolution at University Arizona (Arnold Lab)

The Arnold lab at the University of Arizona seeks a postdoctoral researcher as part of a recently funded, collaborative project
supported by the National Science Foundation’s Genealogy of Life (GoLife) program. The project centers on enriching phylogenetic knowledge of the Pezizomycotina through new collections of endophytic and endolichenic fungi, with special attention to the evolution of symbioses with photosynthetic prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The position will begin on or near April 15, 2016, with an expected duration of two years (potentially expandable to three).

The position will be based in Tucson, Arizona, in the School of Plant Sciences and in affiliation with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with opportunities for fieldwork in Panama, Chile, South Africa, and Borneo. The project represents a collaborative network with researchers at Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Mississippi, with ample opportunity for interactions among labs. The position also includes a meaningful outreach component to foster training in STEM for local high school students and opportunities to mentor undergraduate researchers from diverse backgrounds.

Minimum requirements: a PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, plant pathology, or a related discipline, and a strong background in molecular and/or fungal ecology (including next-generation sequencing), biodiversity informatics, computation, and/or mycology. Preferred candidates will have diverse research interests, excellent communication skills, high motivation, and a strong willingness to work independently and as part of an integrative team.

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. The University of Arizona is currently in a dynamic phase of hiring new faculty, making the timing ideal for a candidate interested in engaging with a major initiative in ecosystem genomics.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, copies of three recent publications, and a one-page lesson plan for a hands-on, one-day activity to teach a core concept in fungal biology, ecology, or evolutionary biology at the high school level. All application materials should be submitted in a single email to arnold@ag.arizona.edu (please put GoLife postdoc in the subject line) AND to the University of Arizona Human Resources website ( https://uacareers.com, posting # P20132). Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted as above.

Application review will begin on Jan. 20, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

A. Elizabeth (Betsy) Arnold
School of Plant Sciences
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721