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


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. 


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 (please cc applications to Dr. Tony Goldberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison at Applicants should apply by December 31, 2016 to ensure consideration; however, applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Contact Person Jeffrey Lorch

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Job: Environmental Microbiology – UC Riverside

UC Riverside faculty position in Environmental Microbiology part of Hiring Cluster BREATHE: Environ./Medical Microbiology, Environ./Medical History, Pulmonary Physiology, Pulmonary/Mucosal Immunol

Job #JPF00639 School of Medicine – Biomedical Sciences

Environmental Microbiology – experience working in natural systems, and in soil and/or air microbial ecology. A range of expertise between bacterial, archaeal, and fungal organisms, is preferred, including aeromicrobiology, and organisms with airborne spores (e.g., Coccidioides, Aspergilli, Pseudomonas, Clostridium, etc.). In addition, the environmental microbiologist should have experience working with plant-microbe interactions relevant to invasive plants.

Note the Deadline for application is being moved to January 15, 2017.


The University of California at Riverside (UCR) is implementing a major expansion of our faculty and investing in state-of-the-art research facilities to support their work. This expansion will build critical mass in 34 vital and emerging fields of scholarship, foster truly cross-disciplinary work, and further diversify the faculty at one of America’s most diverse research universities. We encourage applications from scholars committed to excellence and seeking to help define the research university for the next generation. For more information about our hiring initiative or to submit an application, please visit or

This announcement aims to fill up to five positions to help establish and build the BREATHE research group (Bridging Regional Ecology and Aerosolized Toxins to understand Health Effects) in interdisciplinary areas bringing together research in air quality, pulmonary biology and health, and public policy. Growth in research areas associated with this cluster will complement the impending move of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to the UCR campus. The placement of each successful candidate may be in departments in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) such as Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Environmental Sciences, and Biology; the School of Medicine (SOM) including the Division of Biomedical Sciences and Division of Clinical Sciences; the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) such as Chemical and Environmental Engineering; the School of Public Policy; and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS), such as History, depending on the preferences of the candidate and interested host departments. Candidates are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program in one or more areas related to air quality, lung function and health, and policy, as well as demonstrate an interest in building and working with interdisciplinary research teams. All candidates must have a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD in a relevant field and be strongly committed to both undergraduate and graduate teaching. Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests complement those of existing faculty in the School of Medicine, College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), School of Public Policy, and the Center for Conservation Biology, and strengthen our initiative to develop an extramurally funded research center in air quality, health, and policy. Successful candidates must also have clear potential or demonstrated ability to work successfully with and benefit a diverse student body.

The next four positions to be filled in the BREATHE cluster will be in the areas of (1) Environmental Microbiology, (2) Environmental or Medical History, (3) Mammalian Pulmonary physiology, and (4) Pulmonary or mucosal immunology at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidates will have the ability to teach coursework and have expertise in the relevant areas. In addition, they will play a central role in helping assemble the cohort of affiliated researchers across the campus. This announcement solicits applications for these positions; applicants must indicate which of the four positions they are applying to:

  1. Environmental Microbiology – experience working in natural systems, and in soil and/or air microbial ecology. A range of expertise between bacterial, archaeal, and fungal organisms, is preferred, including aeromicrobiology, and organisms with airborne spores (e.g., Coccidioides, Aspergilli, Pseudomonas, Clostridium, etc.). In addition, the environmental microbiologist should have experience working with plant-microbe interactions relevant to invasive plants.
  2. Environmental or Medical History – history of science, medicine, and/or the environment, with preference for individuals interested in the connections among environment and health, and public policy, employing a mix of disciplinary approaches from such fields as environmental history, history of medicine, history of science, medical geography or historical geography.
  3. Mammalian pulmonary physiology – research focus can be on, but is not limited to, lung physiology, including comparative, ecological or evolutionary approaches, exercise physiology, as well as clinical topics such as infectious lung diseases, lung microbiome, chronic lung disease, asthma, or related diseases.
  4. Pulmonary or mucosal immunology – pulmonary inflammation or immunity, lung microbiome, chronic lung disease, asthma, or related diseases, with priority on research that also assesses the impact of inhaled particulates and pollutants, as well as other environmental, cultural or related factors.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

To apply: Please send a full curriculum vitae, indication of the specific position applied for, a description of proposed research, teaching philosophy and letters from three professional references. A statement addressing potential contribution to academic diversity must be included. Application materials for the Assistant Professor position should be submitted through Applications will be reviewed beginning November 14, 2016. Positions will remain open until filled. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2017. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Job: Applied Molecular Biology of Plant Disease Resistance – Univ Georgia

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia (UGA) seeks to fill a faculty position in Applied Molecular Biology of Plant Disease Resistance with an August 2017 start date. This position is open at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, innovative, internationally recognized, and competitively funded program with the priority to understand and develop disease resistance in non-model plants that are economically important in the southeastern United States.

UGA, a Land/Sea Grant institution located 90 miles northeast of Atlanta, is ranked 18th among public universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university offers a vibrant research environment with potential collaborations with faculty across the plant sciences ( as well as in crop genetics (, and bioinformatics ( Athens, GA, is consistently ranked highly for its quality of life and culture (


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Job: Assistant Professor, Biochemical Interactome – NC State University

The Center for Integrated Fungal Research invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University. This faculty position is located on the main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has a 80% research and 20% academic appointment. The selected individual will have a background in biology, or related field, with expertise in biochemistry, chemometrics, metabolic engineering, or phytochemistry. This individual is expected to develop an innovative research program to characterize and profile important groups of secreted biological metabolites to better understand the physical biochemical interactome, including their roles in human health, crop productivity and the environment. These exo- metabolomes are secreted in response to interactions with their abiotic and biotic environment by insects, microorganisms and plants and include carbohydrates, extracellular enzymes, lipids, nucleic acids, organic acids, peptides, secondary metabolites, and other bioactive molecules. Their functions range from protecting bacteria and fungi against parasitism and predation, to regulating plant and microbial growth and developmental stress responses, to forming networks of inter-kingdom communication and creating environmental and food-related toxicity. This interdisciplinary position will integrate research on the chemical interactome to promote quantitative understanding of the relative contribution and impact of the interactome to the beneficial and deleterious activities of these compounds on plant-microbe-insect associations. Significant opportunities exist for collaborations with university faculty and members of several research centers, including the Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR), the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research. In addition, there are resources and opportunities for interactions with researchers at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. The incumbent is expected to generate extramural funding to help support their research program following start-up resources and is expected to mentor graduate students and participate in the academic programs of the department.

Minimum qualifications include a PhD in a field of study directly related to the position. NC State University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. In addition to excellence in research and academics, the incumbent is expected to have demonstrable skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relations, and procurement of extramural funding. The position includes a competitive and comprehensive compensation and start-up package. Review of applications will proceed after January 13, 2017, until the position is filled. For further information, contact the Director of the Center for Integrated Fungal Research, Dr. Ignazio Carbone ( For a complete job description and details for submission of applications, please reference

NC State is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to NC State’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement and education. The successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.


Job: Computational and Systems Biology – Dartmouth University

Faculty Position in Microbial Computational and Systems Biology
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Department of Microbiology & Immunology seek applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Computational and Systems Biology in microbial organisms.
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Faculty Jobs in Microbial/Genomics fields

Here are some links to a few faculty positions

University of Texas at Arlington

Virgina Tech

Dartmouth University

Cal StateDominguez Hills

Michigan State University

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 (

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, 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, 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 ( 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 ( 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 (, which has strengths in phylogenetics, evolutionary genomics, and disease ecology.

Interested applicants should email Tim James ( 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 (

Timothy Y. James
Associate Professor
Associate Curator of Fungi
Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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,
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

WRIFO: Women Researchers in Fungi & Oomycetes

In an effort to promote the diversity of women in fungal and oomycete biology research we started a list of Women Researchers in Fungi & Oomycetes (#WRIFO) in our fields. We hope this will make it easier for conference, seminar and award committees to consider a broad pool of candidates when inviting speakers or nominating individuals.

We seeded the WRIFO list with 150 women whose research we know or who were suggested by colleagues, but it is by no means complete. Please add names and add missing details to those already on the list. The WRIFO list is available as a google spreadsheet here (shortlink: ). As an experiment in community dynamics WRIFO is an open sheet for editing. We will change this to “make comment-only” after a time to try to avoid getting overrun with spam. If you cannot add to the WRIFO list directly, comments on this post are accepted. However direct adding is preferred to avoid losing track of any suggestions.

As a test for how many will read directions:

  1. Please add new entries at the end of the sheet rather than trying to insert alphabetically.  You can always re-sort the sheet by last name after entries are made
  2. List institution, include 2 letter country code in parentheses.
  3. Select region from the available options.
  4. Pick up to two general research areas from the drop down lists.
  5. Add specific Keywords for research.  Make these as general as possible–a meeting organizer is much more likely to search “cytoskeleton”, than “tyrosinylated microtubules.”
  6. Include a laboratory website link. Use publicly available websites that do not require memberships to view
  7. Select the classification of career stage. Mapping this to job titles in the US
    • Junior: Assistant Professor, Assistant Research Scientist, or equivalent
    • Intermediate: Associate Professor, Associate Research Scientist,  or equivalent
    • Senior: Full Professor, Research Scientist or equivalent
    • Emeritus

–Michelle Momany (@mcmomany) & Jason Stajich (@hyphaltip)

Update 1: A landing page was made for info on WRIFO and where archive and Excel versions of the spreadsheet will be made available.