Postdoc: Plant-fungal symbiosis and evolution

The Vilgalys Mycology Lab at Duke University seeks a postdoctoral researcher in the area of plant-fungal symbiosis and evolution.  The selected candidate will contribute to ongoing studies on ecology and evolution of forest soil fungi and their interactions with trees including PopulusPinus and other species.  We are especially interested in metagenomic approaches for studying fungal interactions with plants including mycorrhizal fungi and root endophytes.

Major Duties/Responsibilities: Design, conduct and interpret laboratory and field based research; lead and contribute to the development of scientific manuscripts and proposals. The postdoc chosen for this position will also have opportunities to interact with collaborating institutions in the US and abroad.  Research is facilitated by state-of-the-art equipment/facilities for microbiology, molecular biology, and genomics, in a professional environment with excellent technical support.

Qualifications Required: Ph.D. degree in plant or fungal biology, microbial genomics, or related fields. Applicant should have demonstrated expertise in modern molecular ecology methods including nextgen sequencing, phylogenomics, phylogentics, and bioinformatics tools for microbiome and metagenomic studies. Demonstrated expertise must include a track record of peer-reviewed publications.

Qualifications Preferred: Priority will be given to applicants with a successful history of interdisciplinary, integrative, and innovative research in this area. Interested applicants should send a cv, research statement, and names of 3 references (preferably in a single pdf) to Dr. Rytas Vilgalys,   The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. For more information on the Vilgalys Lab see:

Postdoc: 2 positions in RNA Biology of Fungal Pathogens @UCDavis

Two post-doctoral positions are available in the field of RNA biology in fungal pathogens in the laboratory of Ioannis Sterigiopoulos in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis.  One position is for “a highly motivated post- doctoral candidate to conduct basic fundamental and translational research in the field of RNA silencing in fungi” and the second is for  “a highly skilled and motivated post-doc in the field of RNAseq and transcriptomics”.
Please see the advertisements attached.

Neurospora 2016 conference registration

A reminder the Neurospora conference will be held March 10-13, 2016 at scenic Asiomar Conference grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. We look forward to seeing you there, at least 1/3 of the talks will come from submitted abstracts and there will be lots of room and time for discussions of research poster

Registration and Abstract Submission  are now open for submission. Abstract deadline is Jan 15, Early Bird registration deadline is December 31.


Postdoc: Early diverging fungi in the James lab at U. Michigan

The James Lab 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, life cycles, and nutrition of early diverging fungi, including the Zygomycetes, Cryptomycetes, 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 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 cultivation/microscopy of 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.

Outreach position for FungiDB/EuPathDB

Dear Colleague – 

The Eukaryotic Pathogen Genomics Resource ( is searching for suitable candidates for a full-time outreach staff position. EuPathDB has long provided support for protozoan parasite researchers, but the recent integration of FungiDB brings many new communities on board.  The EuPathDB outreach team is therefore looking to grow, with particular interest in fungal biology expertise.

The ideal candidate would be a recent molecular genetics / genomics post-doc with expertise in one or more experimental systems, and excellent communications skills.  EuPathDB databases including FungiDB provide users with the ability to integrate and explore diverse data types: not just genome sequences, but also polymorphisms, transcriptomics & proteomics data, chromatin marks, metabolic pathways, comparative genomics datasets etc … and the outreach team is responsible for ensuring that bench scientists around the world can make effective use of these data, through workshops, meeting presentations, webinars, on-line tutorials, publications, etc.  Responsibilities also include keeping up with the relevant research literature, and working closely with supported communities to define targeted areas for curatorial effort, and high priority datasets for inclusion in the database.

This job is an exciting opportunity for the right person, with good pay and long-term career prospects.  The successful candidate could be based in Philadelphia PA, Athens GA or Liverpool UK, and will work closely with a dynamic and collaborative team of ~30, including curators & annotators, data loaders, systems & database administrators, software developers, web site designers, data analysis specialists, and other outreach staff members.  Applications may be submitted to or (the Liverpool application has not yet been posted, but will be soon).  Questions may also be directed to EuPathDB Director of Scientific Outreach Omar Harb, at


Postdoc: Uppsala University on Meiotic Drive in Fungi


A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the research group of professor Hanna Johannesson, at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University.

Conflicts arising from selfish genetic elements are important drivers for evolutionary change and innovation, and thus of crucial importance for genetic form and function.  The main goal of this project is to study the evolutionary dynamics of meiotic drive in fungi.  The study system is the Spore killers of Podospora anserina, a filamentous ascomycete. The ultimate aim of our research group is to combine large-scale genomic analyses with theoretical and experimental investigations to study the evolutionary dynamics of this meiotic drive system, both on a short and a long evolutionary timescale. This postdoc project will be developed after the interest of the applicant, but should preferably encompass a combination of experimental and genomic aspects. It will be a part of a collaborative effort within our research group.

Applicants should have a PhD in biology/evolutionary biology. Documented skills in molecular phylogenetics and/or population genetics, experimental and genomic work, especially using fungal model systems, is highly valued.

Start date is flexible, ideally February 1, 2016. The position may be
extended for up to two more years.

Please send your application materials by November 25 to The application shall include: 1) a cover letter stating research interests, 2) a CV, including publication
record, 3) a short (1-2 page) description of research accomplishments, and 4) name and contact information for three references.

Please feel free to contact me at the above listed e-mail with

Postdoc: Molecular plant-pathogen interactions

A postdoctoral position is available for three years in the field of molecular biology of plant pathogen interactions with the Max Planck research group “Environmental Genomics” headed by Prof. Eva H. Stukenbrock. The Max Planck group is affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön and the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel in the North of Germany. The position is compensated at TV-L 13 (depending on qualifications), covers 38,7h/week and includes teaching.

Start of the position is January 2016.

We study the evolution and specialization of pathogens to new hosts and new environments, and integrate functional and experimental analyses with evolutionary genomics and transcriptome analyses to dissect the adaptive processes in plant pathogens. The project outlined for this post doc position aims at understanding the underlying molecular basis of host specialization of a fungal plant pathogen. As model system we use a group of closely related grass pathogens, Zymoseptoria spp., including the prominent wheat pathogen Z. tritici. Using evolutionary genomics and comparative transcriptome analyses, we have identified a number of candidate genes, which may have been instrumental for the specialization to distinct grass hosts. This includes genes, which have either diverged extremely between pathogen species, or genes, which show host-specific gene regulation. So far the functional role, of these genes as host determinants is unknown, but will be addressed in the research conducted by the post doc candidate. The post doc candidate will design and apply functional and experimental approaches to dissect the role of candidate genes in Zymoseptoria spp. The study will include the characterization of fungal mutants as well as the role of candidate proteins in host infection. A central goal will be to identify target proteins in the host to link protein function to evolutionary changes in sequences or expression patterns among pathogen species.

The candidate must have a PhD degree in molecular or cell biology or biochemistry and must have a proven record of independent research. Experience with functional genetic studies and fungal transformation are required. Experience in protein-protein interaction assays (e.g. yeast two-hybrid assays), confocal microscopy and phenotypic assays with plant pathogens are desirable. Good presentation, writing, computing and organizational skills and the ability to work independently are a must.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team of biologists (molecular biologists, evolutionary biologists and population geneticists) as well as to pursue unique research in the field of molecular plant-pathogen interactions. For further information regarding the position please contact Eva Stukenbrock (

The University strives for a high proportion of women in research and teaching. Applications from qualified female scientists are therefore particularly encouraged. Applications from candidates with migration background are welcome. Disabled persons will be given preference in filling vacancies within the existing legal provisions if equally qualified.

Relevant Literature
Stukenbrock EH, Bataillon T, Duthei JY, Hansen TT, Li R, Zala M, McDonald BA, Wang J, Schierup MH (2011). The making of a new pathogen: Insights from comparative population genomics of the domesticated wheat pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola and its wild sister species. Genome Research 21.12 (2011): 2157-2166

 Poppe, Stephan, et al. “Rapidly Evolving Genes Are Key Players in Host Specialization and Virulence of the Fungal Wheat Pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici (Mycosphaerella graminicola).” PLoS Pathog 11.7 (2015): e1005055.

Dong, Suomeng, et al. “Effector specialization in a lineage of the Irish potato famine pathogen.” Science 343.6170 (2014): 552-555.

Application Interested candidates should send a motivation letter including a description of current research directions, an up-to-date CV (excluding photo), together with the names and the contact information of at least two references to Eva H. Stukenbrock as pdf. Application deadline is November 13th, 2015.

Job: Research Microbiologist (microbial ecology) at USDA-ARS in Peoria, IL

The USDA, ARS, Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit (MPM) in Peoria, IL is seeking a permanent, full-time Research Microbiologist to develop an innovative and productive research program on microbial ecology and diversity as part of a project to reveal how cereal crops, the cereal microbiome, and climate interact with mycotoxigenic fungi during infection to influence mycotoxin production and contamination. The goal of this research is to develop information and novel approaches to reduce mycotoxin contamination of food. The successful candidate will join a large and diverse group of scientists conducting research in molecular biology, microbiology, evolutionary biology, chemistry, and plant biology to produce information and technologies needed to enhance food safety and crop production in the U.S. and around the world.

U.S. Citizenship is required. For further information and complete application instructions, go to the USAJobs Web site: and refer to announcement number ARS-D15E-0651.

Applications must be received by the closing date of October 20, 2015.

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