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Postdoc: Institute for Environmental Genomics, University of Oklahoma

Postdoctoral Positions Available at the University of Oklahoma

Multiple postdoctoral positions are available at the Institute for Environmental Genomics (IEG) and Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, the University of Oklahoma (OU) located in Norman, Oklahoma. The city of Norman is a university town with approximately 100,000 people and easy access to Oklahoma City, OK and Dallas, TX, and the University is working closely with the City on community and economic development. Norman was ranked #6 among the best places to live in 2008 by the CNN/Money Magazine on America’s best small cities.

The Institute for Environmental Genomics, led by Dr. Jizhong Zhou, has state-of-the-art facilities for the study of microbial functional genomics, microbial ecology, metagenomics, and biotechnology development to address fundamental scientific questions.

Three research themes are pursued at IEG:

  1. functional and comparative genomics for understanding gene function, regulation, networks and evolution,
  2. microbial ecology and community genomics for understanding the diversity, composition, structure, function and dynamics of microbial communities related to global change, bioremediation, land use, bioenergy, and agricultural practices as well as their linkages with ecosystem functioning using metagenomics approaches, such as functional gene arrays, high-throughput sequencing, and single cell genomics, and
  3. development of metagenomic and bioinformatic tools for high throughput data analysis and predictive modeling of molecular ecological networks.

IEG researchers have pioneered the development and application of functional gene arrays (e.g., GeoChips), and metagenomic sequencing (e.g., MiSeq sequencing of phylogenetic and functional gene amplicons) approaches for microbial community analysis. IEG is also establishing Raman-based single cell genomics facility.

The selected candidates will apply these technologies to understand the diversity, composition, structure, function, dynamics and interaction of microbial communities, and address fundamental questions related to global change, bioremediation, land use, and agricultural operations.

Candidates with strong background, interests, and experience in microbiology, microbial ecology, soil science, theoretical ecology, and/or metagenomics are encouraged to apply. Additional experience is desirable but not required in bioinformatics, mathematics, computer science, and/or statistics. All individuals will work cooperatively with scientists at different institutions, such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona, and Georgia Institute of Technology as well as foreign countries like China, Korea and Singapore. Interested individuals should send their curriculum vita, a description of research interests and accomplishments (e.g., publications), and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references to Dr. Jizhong Zhou (jzhou@ou.edu). Salary will be competitive, depending on experience, expertise and skills. Further information can be found on the IEG web site. The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace.

A printable flier is available PostdocPositions-OU-13Jun2014.

Postdoc: Yeast Evolutionary Genomics

The Hittinger Lab, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with an exceptional background in bioinformatics, functional genomics, or evolutionary genomics. Experience analyzing Illumina sequence data, computer programming proficiency, and training in ecological or evolutionary genetics are highly desirable.

The lab recently received generous funding for yeast
evolutionary genomics research from the National Science
Foundation’s Dimensions of Biodiversity Program and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

With Antonis Rokas (Vanderbilt) and Cletus P. Kurtzman (USDA), the Y1000+ Project seeks to sequence and analyze the to complete genomes of all ~1,000 known species of Saccharomycotina yeasts and determine the genetic basis of their metabolic, ecological, and functional diversification. Yeasts are genetically more diverse than vertebrates and have remarkable metabolic dexterity, but most remain minimally characterized. They compete vigorously for nutrients in every continent and biome and can produce everything from beer to oil. The history of yeasts is recorded in their genome sequences. Now is the time to read it and tell their story!

The Hittinger Lab has diverse funding for other basic and applied research from NSF, DOE, and USDA, but we are specifically expanding our basic research in ecological and evolutionary genomics.

The complete advertisement and application instructions can be found here – The precise start date is flexible, but candidates should apply by November 30th to receive full consideration.

Sincerely,

Chris Todd Hittinger, Assistant Professor of Genetics
Genome Center of Wisconsin
J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution
University of Wisconsin-Madison
425-G Henry Mall, 2434 Genetics/Biotechnology Center
Madison, WI  53706-1580
cthittinger@wisc.edu, (608) 890-2586
http://hittinger.genetics.wisc.edu

Postdoc: Aspergillus Pathogenesis and Immune Activation Dartmouth

A postdoctoral position is available to study the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and host defense during Aspergillus fumigatus infection. The project will focus on fungal and host factors that are responsive to in vivo oxygen levels which subsequently modulate virulence and host inflammatory responses in clinically relevant models of aspergillosis.

Two years of initial funding are guaranteed for generating data and applying for independent funding. Applicants should have a PhD in microbiology, immunology or closely related field. Experience in molecular mycology and/or immunology are preferred, but those interested in mycology from other backgrounds are welcome to apply.

The Cramer Laboratory is located at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The position affords the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art facilities and resources associated with a major research and teaching institution, while enjoying the quality of life characteristic of the upper valley in New England.

For further information on our institution and department see: http://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu and http://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/microbio/. For the Cramer laboratory, see http://www.thecramerlab.com and the Dartmouth Lung Biology Center: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~lbcobre/.

PDF: CramerDartmouth_Postdoc_2014

Postdoc positions at Duke University & MMTP

Postdoc positions in the Heitman lab and through the Molecular Mycology Training Program at Duke University, NC State, and University of North Carolina are available as of December 1, 2014.

HeitmanImageThe Heitman lab at Duke University is seeking Postdoctoral Fellow applicants. The lab focuses on molecular determinants of development and virulence in the pathogenic basidiomycetes Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii with complementary studies in both model and pathogenic fungi including Cryptococcus amylolentus, Filobasidiella depauperata, Cryptococcus heveanensis and other related basidiomycetes including Kwoniella and Malassezia species, species from the Candida pathogenic complex (C. albicans, C. lusitaniae), and the zygomycete Mucor circinelloides.

Areas of research interest include:

  • modes and impact of unisexual and sexual reproduction
  • structure, function, and evolution of the mating type locus
  • calcineurin in fungal virulence and as a novel antifungal drug target
  • comparative fungal genomics of a species cluster of human fungal pathogens
  • molecular networks that orchestrate infection of the host and development
  • RNAi based pathways operating during mitotic and sexual development and epimutational gene silencing
  • mechanisms of action of natural products and antifungal drugs

Applications should send pdfs of curriculum vitae, reprints/preprints, a statement of research accomplishments and interests, and letters of recommendation to Joseph Heitman at heitm001@duke.edu.

Postdoc: Population Genomics of Cheese Fungi

Postdoc in Population Genomics of Cheese Fungi (Orsay, France)

We are seeking a highly motivated postgraduate researcher to work on population genomics of cheese Fungi in laboratory ESE located in Orsay near Paris (http://www.ese.u-psud.fr/index.php). The project focuses on studying the population genomics of *Penicillium roqueforti*, a fungus used for the maturation of blue cheese. Using whole-genome sequences of wild and domesticated populations, the successful applicant will particularly work on describing the recombination landscape within the genome of Penicillium roqueforti, the dynamics of transposable elements and horizontal gene transfers, and the selection within domesticated populations.

Applicants must have a PhD with emphasis on population genetics and genomics, molecular evolution. Experience in manipulating high throughput sequencing data and bioinformatics would be an advantage as well.

The successful applicant will be working in Evolutionary Ecology and
Genetics team with Antoine Branca and Tatiana Giraud. The team has a long research experience in population genetics of fungi.

Orsay is a small town located 30km south of Paris and at just 40 min by urban transportation from downtown Paris.

Review of applications begins immediately until the end of June 2014.
Starting dates are flexible but preferentially by September 2014. Salary will depend upon experience. To apply, please email to
antoine.branca@u-psud.fr: i) a cover letter summarizing research interests and expertise ii) a Curriculum Vitae (including publications), and iii) the names and contact information of at least two references.

Postdoc: Populus microbiome/mycobiome at ORNL

New postdoc position in Chris Schadt’s lab at Oak Ridge National Lab

Purpose
The Biosciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (http://www.ornl.gov) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the area of microbial ecology. The selected candidate will join an international team of investigators focused on understanding ecology of microbial communities as well as their responses to various anthropogenically induced changes (climate, contaminants, land use, etc.) in multiple systems.

Major Duties/Responsibilities
Design, conduct and interpret laboratory and field based research; lead and contribute to the development of scientific manuscripts and proposals for the Plant-Microbe Interfaces (PMI) project. The available project position will focus on understanding community structure and function of microbes associated with Populus tree species as driven by host genotypic and environmental factors [more at: http://pmi.ornl.gov/]. Research is facilitated by a full range of state-of-the-art equipment/facilities for microbiology, molecular biology, and genomics, in a professional environment with excellent technical support.

Qualifications Required

Qualifications Required: Ph.D. degree in microbiology, ecology, molecular biology, or related field. Applicant should have demonstrated expertise in both modern molecular ecology methods such as quantitative PCR, DNA sequence analyses, as well as working with the informatics tools for microbiome and metagenomics studies. Demonstrated expertise must include a track record of primary contributions to peer-reviewed publications.

Qualifications Preferred: Priority will be given to applicants with a successful history of interdisciplinary, integrative, and innovative research in this area. Familiarity with software tools for next generation DNA sequence analysis of rRNA and metagenomic microbial datasets as well as the ability to program and script in R, Python or Perl to customize such analyses would also be preferred.

Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

Postdoc: Univ of Minnesota Fungal Genomics

Postdoctoral Position – Fungal Genomics and Metabolomics
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Position description:

A postdoctoral position focused on comparative genomics, metabolomics, and regulatory mechanisms of secondary metabolites in fungi is available in the Bushley lab. This project will focus on population genomics of fungi (Fusarium, Tolypocladium spp.) to investigate regulation and evolution of secondary metabolite genes, clusters, and metabolites. The project will
adopt an interdisciplinary approach that integrates next-generation genome sequencing and assembly, comparative genomics, and RNA-Seq experiments with analyses of chemical products. Genome resequencing will examine the roles of structural variation, transposition, selection, genome methylation, and other evolutionary processes in driving the diversification of secondary metabolite genes and clusters. Strain specific differences in metabolite expression will be investigated under a variety of different media conditions and data will be integrated to develop and analyze metabolic and regulatory networks involved in controlling secondary metabolism.

Minimum requirements:
A Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics, mycology, genomics, chemistry, biochemistry, or related fields. The ideal candidate will have existing skills in two or more of the following: experience in sequencing and analysis of next-generation sequence data, bioinformatics and comparative genomics, molecular biology, mass spectrometry, NMR, and a willingness to learn new techniques. The initial appointments is for 1 year, with an opportunity for renewal for a second year. The position is available beginning in June 2014. Start date is flexible. Salary range $38,000 – $43,000 depending on experience, plus health benefits.

To apply:
Any questions regarding the position should be directed to kbushley@umn.edu. Informal inquiries are welcome. Applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website (http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=119828) and include a CV, a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, and contact information for three references. Screening of applicants will begin May 15 until a suitable candidate is found.

Kathryn Bushley
Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota
Department of Plant Biology
822 BioSci Bldg
1445 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Fungal Ecology Evolution Metagenomics Postdoc (University of Illinois)

A postdoctoral position is available in the department of Plant Biology, in the School of Integrative Biology, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. PIs Astrid Ferrer (aquatic mycologist), Katy Heath (plant and microbe evolution), and Jim Dalling (plant and fungal community ecology) are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on a NSF-funded Dimensions of Biodiversity project aimed at understanding the ecological and genetic controls on fungal community assembly and decomposition function in tropical wood-decomposing aquatic fungi. Both the Heath and Dalling labs are lively, highly-collaborative environments with students and postdocs working on a range of topics in ecology and evolution of plants, bacteria, and fungi.

The duties of the project postdoc will include preparing libraries for metagenomic sequencing of aquatic fungi communities from environmental DNA samples, RNAseq of cultured fungi in response to various environmental treatments, downstream bioinformatic and statistical analyses, and writing manuscripts based on these results.

Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: Molecular biology, (meta)genomics, bioinformatics, statistical analysis, ecology, evolution.

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:

  • A strong publication record from their PhD (papers published, in press, or submitted).
  • Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field. The position is available for 2 years, with the first year as a probationary period, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits.

Application review will begin May 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, with a rough target date of August 2014. All materials should be submitted to the PIs below for consideration. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief description of past research accomplishments and future research goals (under two pages), and the names and contact information for three references.

Contact Dr. Katy Heath regarding the position or application process. For further information about the Heath lab, visit the lab webpage accessible at: http://www.life.illinois.edu/heath

Yale EEB Postdoc in Microbial Evolutionary Ecology

Yale Postdoctoral Position in Microbial Evolutionary Ecology.

A two- to three-year postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Paul Turner in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. We are seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to participate in ongoing experimental projects relating to eco-evolutionary theory.  These projects concern (i) role of environmental heterogeneity on adaptability of bacteriophages, (ii) role of niche construction in the evolutionary ecology of virus- cancer cell interactions, and (iii) effects of host density on virulence evolution in killer viruses of yeast. The successful candidate will engage in these projects in the first year, while increasingly developing and leading projects of their own design as the position continues. The experiments can utilize high-throughput, automated measures of evolving microorganisms via liquid-handling robotics. Experience with these technologies is preferred, but all strong candidates will be considered.
This postdoctoral position is in association with the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies program in Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics, which is co-directed by David Vasseur, David Post, and Paul Turner. Through this program, the candidate will participate in regular working groups combining international leaders in experimental and theoretical approaches to eco-evolutionary dynamics. More information on the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is available atwww.yale.edu/eeb<http://www.yale.edu/eeb>. For information about postdoctoral appointments at Yale, seehttp://www.yale.edu/postdocs/.  Applications should be emailed to Paul Turner (paul.turner@yale.edu) and include a CV, short statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.  Applications will be considered beginning on May 1, 2014.

Postdoc: USDA Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Research unit

The Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Research Unit at USDA-NCAUR in Peoria, Illinois, has two postdoctoral associate positions available.

  1. The successful applicant will study comparative genomics of Fusarium in order to elucidate genetic mechanisms that have given rise to the current diversity and distribution of secondary metabolite and pathogenicity-related genes in the F. fujikuroispecies complex.  For a more detailed description of the position and information on how to apply, please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/361765700or contact Robert Proctor (robert.proctor@ars.usda.gov; tel. 309-681-6380).
  2. The successful applicant will use molecular biological and microbiological techniques to identify and characterize the microbial genes that modify, detoxify, or otherwise confer resistance to mycotoxins.  For a more detailed description of the position and information on how to apply, please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/360735200 or contact Susan McCormick(Susan.McCormick@ars.usda.gov; tel. 309-681-6381).