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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:



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 positions in Fungal Genomics and Genetics at Duke University

Two advertisements for postdoc positions in great labs at Duke University working on pathogen genetics or community genomics of EM Fungi

Starting in the fall, 2011, a postdoctoral position is available on an NIH-supported project focused on Cryptococcus neoformans. This opportunistic yeast is often inhaled from the environment and capable of causing deadly meningitis in immunocompromised patients. Approximately one million new cases occur annually among HIV/AIDS patients in sub-Saharan Africa. The proposal employs next-gen sequencing of multiple, selected strains, comparative genomics, population genetics, and microarrays to identify the genes and pathways that are responsible for cryptococcal disease. This project would be ideal for a postdoc who is experienced with methods and analyses of whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics or is willing to learn this methodology. This project will involve traveling to Africa and requires capabilities to work independently and learn new techniques. Our laboratory is part of Duke University Mycology Research Unit, which is one of the leading centers of medical mycology in the US. (http://mgm.duke.edu/microbial/mycology/)

For inquires and information, contact:
Anastasia P. Litvintseva, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
Tel: 919-684-9096
Email: litvi001@mc.duke.edu
Web: http://mgm.duke.edu/faculty/litvintseva/index.htm

Postdoctoral Position: Transcriptomics and Community Genomics of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi

Postdoctoral position in the Vilgalys Mycology Laboratory at Duke University to study functional, genetic, and community diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi. We are currently seeking qualified applicants for a postdoctoral position to study functional and genetic diversity in a keystone plant-microbe symbiosis (pines and ectomycorrhizal
fungi). In particular, we are interested in linkages between phylogenetic diversity, population structure, and functional diversity in mycorrhizal communities and also how these factors affect larger ecosystem processes. Ideal applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in any area of fungal and/or plant genetics, ecology, or bioinformatics
along with relevant publications and laboratory experience. Previous experience with metagenomics and next-generation sequencing is desirable but not necessary for the position. This position is part of a collaborative research grant (NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity program) with faculty at University of Minnesota (Kabir Peay) and University of California at Berkeley (Tom Bruns & John Taylor). The postdoc chosen for this position will have opportunities to interact with investigators at all three institutions during project meetings and field work. Interested candidates should email (1) a cover letter explaining interest and relevant qualifications (e.g. technical or
analytical skills), and (2) a CV listing education, relevant publications, and (3) names of 3 references to Dr. Rytas Vilgalys, Biology Department, Duke University (please collate and send as a single pdf to fungi@duke.edu). The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. For more information on the Vilgalys Lab see: http://www.biology.duke.edu/fungi/mycolab/

Microbial Ecology in Science

Science has a section dedicated to Microbial Ecology including a review describing microbial biogeography studying communities on the basis of trait rather than taxonomic diversity. Certainly this interlinks with metagenomic approaches well, something I’ve been thinking about more after visiting some of the folks at Montana State Thermal Biology Institute and all the increasingly massive datasets like what CAMERA provides.

Fungal Genetics 2007 details

I’m including a recapping as many of the talks as I remember. There were 6 concurrent sessions each afternoon so you have to miss a lot of talks. The conference was bursting at the seams as it was- at least 140 people had to be turned away beyond the 750 who attended.

If there was any theme in the conference it was “Hey we are all using these genome sequences we’ve been talking about getting”. I only found the overview talks that solely describe the genome solely a little dry as compared to those more focused on particular questions. I guess my genome palate is becoming refined.

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