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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

Postdoc: Fungal Evolution and Population, USDA-ARS

Postdoctoral Position in Fungal Evolution and Population Biology

USDA-ARS, Peoria, Illinois

We are searching for a highly-motivated postdoctoral associate with strong molecular and computational biology research experience with fungi or other microorganisms to conduct research aimed at understanding the diversity, global population structure, and evolutionary dynamics of Fusarium head blight (FHB) pathogens.  Scientists in the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology (MPM) Research Unit at the USDA-ARS in Peoria have an outstanding record of discovery and publication regarding Fusarium biology, chemistry, and evolution.  Thus, opportunities exist for the postdoc to engage in these and other areas of interest. This full-time position is funded for 1 year ($61,218 + benefits) with the possibility for annual renewal up to 4 years.  The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Biology or related field by appointment start date, be proficient in both written and oral English, and have experience in population genomic analyses.  To apply, please email a single PDF to Todd Ward (todd.ward@ars.usda.gov) that includes: (1) a cover letter with a short description of why you are interested in and qualified for the position, (2) a current CV that includes a list of peer-reviewed publications, and (3) names and contact information for three references.  Evaluation of applications will begin immediately.  U.S. Citizenship is required.

USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider

Postdoc: Ecological Genomics of Nectar, Stanford University

Postdoctoral fellowships in community ecology

Two postdoctoral fellow positions are available in the Fukami Lab at Stanford University. The successful candidates will use nectar-inhabiting bacteria and yeasts to ask broad questions about ecological and evolutionary community assembly. There will be opportunities to develop independent and collaborative research. Expertise in one or more of the following and related fields is desirable: chemical ecology, pollination biology, and microbial ecology, genomics, and metagenomics. Appointment will initially be for one year and annually renewable for up to three additional years. Start date is preferably October 2017, but flexible.

Full advertisement here

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/