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Postdoctoral Positions in the Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP) at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University

Postdoctoral Positions in the Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP) at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University

The Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program is seeking Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants.  This program was founded in 2004 and has been continuously funded by an NIH/NIAID T32 training grant over the past 15 years, and was renewed recently for a fourth five year funding period.  Two fellowship positions are available as of August 1, 2019 or thereafter.  The program funds both basic and clinical fellows working on all aspects of mycology encompassing model fungi, plant pathogenic fungi, and human pathogenic fungi.  Areas of interest span DNA repair and recombination in model yeasts, virulence of human and plant fungal pathogens, antifungal drug targets and mechanisms of action and therapeutic development, evolution of fungi, and clinical infectious diseases, among others. The program is tri-institutional and features training mentors in all thematic areas throughout the Triangle Area of North Carolina, and supports fellows at all three institutions.  The program is co-directed by Joe Heitman, Andy Alspaugh, and Bill Steinbach, and supports career development through a series of ongoing activities including a monthly lunch meeting series, annual symposia, travel awards to meeting and courses, and regular meetings with scientific advisory committee members and visiting speakers including advisory board members.  The program has an illustrious group of alumni (some are listed below), many of whom are leaders in medical mycology or with leadership positions in pharma, industry, and government/NIH. Women and individuals representing diversity in science are encouraged to apply.  Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the program co-directors and send a letter of interest, cv, reprints, and references. Further information at the program website: https://mmptp.mgm.duke.edu/

Many program alumni are excelling in independent positions: Robert Cramer (Dartmouth),  Brian Smith (Duke), Michael Price (Liberty University), Kirsten Nielsen (University of Minnesota), Crystal Icenhour (CEO Aperiomics), Xiaorong Lin (University of Georgia), Alex Idnurm (University of Melbourne), Marianela Rodriguez-Carres (BASF-RTP), Jarrod Fortwendel (University of Tennessee), Josh Burgess (Epicentre), Min Ni (Regeneron), Wenjun Li (NCBI), Richard Festa (Irvine Scientific), Soo Chan Lee (University of Texas, San Antonio), Xuying Wang (GlaxoSmithKline), Jelena Catania (University of Central Florida College), Ryoko Oono (UC Santa Barbara), and Chelsea Boyd (NIH/NIAID).

Please send application materials to Joseph Heitman at heitm001@duke.edu, Andy Alspaugh at Andrew.alspaugh@duke.edu, and Bill Steinbach at bill.steinbach@duke.edu

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, 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://sites.duke.edu/vilgalyslab/