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Postdoc: genome evolution of mycoheterotrophic plants.

 Naturalis has a position for a Postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Vincent Merckx

 We seek a postdoctoral fellow for a 12-month project on the genome evolution of mycoheterotrophic plants. The project will employ next-generation sequencing techniques for de novo  genome and transcriptome assembly of achlorophyllous mycoheterotrophic flowering plants. There will be a strong focus on genome assembly and genome comparison to dectect common genetic patterns in the evolution of mycoheterotrophy.

Full advert is here: Postdoc_Merckx

More information: mycoheterotrophy.com
Twitter: @VMerckx
YouTube: youtube.com/vincentmerckx

Postdoc: Leibniz-IGB Berlin — Aquatic Fungi Genomics Ecology

Via @EvolDirPost Here
2 Postdocs and 2 PhD Studentships
Biodiversity, Ecology, and Genomics of Aquatic Fungi

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is the largest freshwater ecology research institute in Germany (www.igb-berlin.de) and one of 8 member institutes of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V (www.fv-berlin.de). IGB offers world-class laboratory and field facilities for interdisciplinary research and is a founding member of the Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research. The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) brings together scientific competence from agricultural science, geo- and biosciences to socio-economics (www.zalf.de).

Fungi are of central importance for the global carbon cycle because of their role in the degration of complex organic matter such as plant material. Fungi also represent one of the last frontiers of biodiversity, as their taxonomic diversity and metabolic potential remain poorly understood. This is particularly true for those fungi that are abundant in freshwaters. MycoLink (Linking aquatic mycodiversity to ecosystem function) is an interdisciplinary project integrating the expertise of 4 Leibniz Institutes: IGB, ZALF, DSMZ, the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), and the Leibniz-Institute of Zoo- and Wildlife Research in Berlin (IZW). We are seeking to recruit outstanding young scientists to establish an innovative research program, and currently invite applications for:

2 Postdocs and 2 PhD Students in Biodiversity, Ecology, and Genomics of Aquatic Fungi

2 positions (1 PostDoc, 1 PhD student) will focus on global biodiversity and evolutionary genomics of freshwater fungi, using second- and third-generation sequencing and bioinformatics to analyse natural populations and experimental cultures. For further information, contact Michael T. Monaghan (monaghan@igb-berlin.de) monaghanlab.org.

2 positions (1 PostDoc, 1 PhD student) will focus on the ecological and functional role of aquatic fungi by combining state-of-the-art biochemical analyses with modeling in experimental and natural ecosystems. For fruther information, contact Hans-Peter Grossart & Katrin Premke (hgrossart@igb-berlin.de; premke@igb-berlin.de)

Applicants must hold a Diploma / Masters degree (PhD student positions) or PhD (Postdoc positions) in a relevant field. Positions are available for up to three years. Salary is according to the German TvöD (Postdoc: 100%, PhD student: 65% position). Positions will be based at IGB Berlin, IGB Neuglobsow, and at the Berlin Centre for Genomics in Biodiversity
Research. The institutes of the Leibniz Association strive to increase the proportion of female scientists. Therefore, female candidates are specifically encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants with identical technical and personal qualification will be preferentially selected.

Please submit a curriculum vitae (including publication list), a brief statement of motivation and research interests, and the names and contact information of two referees.

Please send all documents as a single pdf file to monaghan@igb-berlin.de. Review of the applications will start on 21 February 2014 and continue until the positions are filled. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place in March.

monaghan@igb-berlin.de

Postdoc: Fusarium dieback disease

Description: A postdoctoral researcher position is available to research Fusarium
dieback disease associated with the invasive ambrosia beetle polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB, Euwallacea sp.). These agents cause branch dieback and tree mortality on
avocado and other hosts in southern California. Research focus will be on the
identification, biology, epidemiology and control of fungal pathogens associated with the
beetle.
Qualifications: Applicant with a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology, microbiology or
related fields will be considered. Candidates should be skilled in molecular and field
techniques, possess expertise in disease diagnostics, and demonstrate the ability to
conduct research projects independently from initiation to completion. Candidate must
also demonstrate the ability to work effectively with undergraduate assistants,
technicians, and other researchers and graduate students in the lab.
Annual Salary: Salary in commensurate with qualifications and experience.
 Please submit a curriculum vitae, a brief description of previous experiences in
relation to future interests, and contact information of three references.

Please send information to:
Dr. Akif Eskalen
akif.eskalen@ucr.edu
Tel (951) 827 3499
232 Fawcett Laboratory
Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
University of California
Riverside CA, 92521

Postdoc: U Minnesota Microbial Ecology & Evolution

The May research group at the University of Minnesota seeks to hire two to three post-doctoral associates in the ecology and evolution of plant-associated microbes. Successful applicants will work on an experimental project with global reach as part of a team of ecologists and evolutionary biologists spanning the University of Minnesota’s departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and Plant Pathology. The appointment is for one year (with potential for renewal), to begin as soon as possible. The scientific goal of these positions is to examine the abiotic and biotic predictors and functional significance of fungal, bacterial, and viral symbionts of plant hosts, and determine plant microbiome effects on disease transmission. Experiments will encompass scales ranging from individual hosts and local host communities to regional and global bioclimatic and soil gradients. Projects will include quantification of bacterial, fungal, and viral communities within hosts using high-throughput sequencing and manipulative experiments in both the field and lab to examine the effects of the plant-associated microbial community on host fecundity and pathogen resistance, and on microbial fitness and transmission. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with mathematical modelers to use empirically-derived parameter values and test predictive models. We are particularly interested in applicants with metagenomics or organismal expertise in microbial biology and training in community ecology or evolutionary biology. Successful applicants will have experience and ability in laboratory techniques necessary for high-throughput sequencing and quantitative skills for manipulating and analyzing metagenomic or ecological datasets. A conceptual overview of the larger project is described in Borer et al.2013 (found at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2013.08.009).

Questions about these positions should be addressed to Dr. Georgiana May (gmay@umn.edu).

Review of applications will begin on 10 December 2013. Apply for this position (Requisition #188311) via the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website:
https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=657343

Postdoc: Insect-Fungus Symbiosis (University of Florida)

Postdoc: Insect-Fungus Symbiosis

Do you have experience with any of the following:

  • diversity and genetics of fungi
  • high-throughput marker-based community surveys
  • next-gen sequencing library preparation

Do you want to work in one of the best-to-live-in towns in America?

Join our growing Symbiology team at the University of Florida to study the Ambrosia Symbiosis: beetles that farm fungus gardens to kill and digest trees. www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org

Please send your CV to Jiri Hulcr, hulcr@ufl.edu
Application deadline: December 10, 2013

Jiri Hulcr, Assistant Professor
University of Florida | School of Forest Resources and Conservation www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org

Postdoc: Unculturable Protists & Fungi, Single Cell Genomics

Two postdoctoral research positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Richards at the University of Exeter, UK.

The project focuses on using environmental sequence data, including meta- genomics and transcriptomics, combined with single cell genomic data to investigate the biology and evolutionary significance of unculturable protist and fungal microbes from marine environments including deep-sea sediments.

One post is focused entirely on bioinformatic based analysis while the second post can include both bioinformatic and laboratory work. However, both applicants should be interested in working with second-generation sequence datasets and feel confident with post genomic analysis including for example: phylogenetic tree reconstruction and metabolic pathway reconstruction.

For more details please see:

https://jobs.exeter.ac.uk/hrpr_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=7490968mXd&WVID=3817591jNg&LANG=USA

https://jobs.exeter.ac.uk/hrpr_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=7733318mXd&WVID=3817591jNg&LANG=USA

This is a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funded project and is part of an international collaboration including associated laboratories at the University of British Colombia, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and should include the opportunity for travel

To ask questions or apply please e-mail your CV and contact information for three referees to t.a.richards@exeter.ac.uk . Materials must be received by the 13th November but late applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Postdoc: Life strategies in the Archaeorhizomycetes soil fungi

Post doc, Life strategies in the Archaeorhizomycetes at Uppsala University

The Archaeorhizomycetes is an ancient class of ubiquitous soil fungi. Sequences representing the class have been identified from vegetated terrestrial habitats across the globe. Estimates indicate that there are hundreds of species within the class and strong patterns of habitat specificity has been documented among species. Yet the ecological role of the Archaeorhizomycetes remain unknown.

Deadline for application is March 15, 2013.

For more information contact Anna Rosling (anna.rosling@ebc.uu.se) and visit the Rosling Lab website

postdoc and PhD positions in Fungal evolution at Uppsala University

Two positions at Uppsala University in Hanna Johannesson’s lab at Uppsala University in Sweden are available. One is a PhD student position and one for a Postdoc working on experimental biology and using next generation sequencing techniques to address evolutionary questions.  Please see the ads linked for more information on applying for these positions.

Postdoc: Colletotrichum genomics

via Jo Anne Crouch

Post-Doctoral Research Position, Colletotrichum genomics

We are seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to study transcriptome and genome evolution of five closely related species of Colletotrichum fungi impacting the health and productivity of grasses used for bioenergy, food, and turfgrass.  The incumbent will: (1) Develop and test hypotheses related to infection and cellulolytic degradation of host tissue by diverse Colletotrichum strains, (2) Take the lead on performing inoculations of grasses with these pathogens for RNA-Seq analysis from the host/pathogen interaction, and (3) Contribute to a larger collaborative Colletotrichum genome sequencing initiative.

Using genomic and transcriptomic (RNA-Seq) resources provided through a grant from the DOE/Joint Genome Institute (JGI), we seek to understand the molecular basis of host specialization, pathogenicity, cellulosic biomass degradation and other traits that characterize this diverse, yet closely related group of grass pathogens.  Fully assembled genomic datasets will soon be available for 20 Colletotrichum isolates and mapped transcriptomes for 14 of these isolates.  Data analysis will be facilitated through inclusion in the JGI MycoCosm Fungal Genome pipeline.

The incumbent will work under the joint direction of Dr. Bruce Clarke, Rutgers University, Dept. of Plant Biology & Pathology, and Dr. Jo Anne Crouch, USDA-ARS.  The position will be physically located at the Rutgers University’s Cook Campus in New Brunswick, NJ.

Qualifications

A Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, mycology or a closely related field is required.  Candidates should be proficient in working with large datasets, and must have strong analytical, statistical and writing skills.  Candidates with experience working with fungi and/or plant pathogenic microorganisms, or any of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: next-generation sequencing datasets; comparative genomics using Galaxy tools; experience analyzing RNA-Seq data; population and evolutionary genetics; phylogenetics.  Skills in bioinformatics (python, perl, R, etc) are desirable.

Terms of Appointment

Starting salary is $37,000 – $45,000 depending on experience, plus Rutgers University benefits.  Funds are guaranteed for one year, and renewable for a second year pending satisfactory research progress and availability of funds.

Review of applications will begin January 23, 2013, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Applications should be sent to:

Bruce Clarke (clarke@aesop.rutgers.edu) and Jo Anne Crouch (joanne.crouch@ars.usda.gov) and must include: (1) a cover letter containing a brief description of research interests and career goals, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) PDFs of two publications, and (4) contact information for three references.

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