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Outreach position for FungiDB/EuPathDB

Dear Colleague – 

The Eukaryotic Pathogen Genomics Resource (EuPathDB.org) 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 http://tinyurl.com/EuPathDBoutreach-Penn or http://tinyurl.com/EuPathDBoutreach-UGA (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 oharb@upenn.edu.


Job: Junior Group Leader Functional Genetics and Genomics of Fungi

Job Advertisement Junior Group Leader – Ref. #01-13001

The Senckenberg Society has an international reputation in all fields of Natural History research. It runs six research institutes and two museums in Germany and is also custodian of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Messel.

From 1st of April 2013 we are looking for a

Junior Research Group Leader in Functional Genetics and Genomics of Fungi in the framework of a government funded LOEWE excellence cluster in “Integrative Fungal Research (IPF)” in Frankfurt am Main.

We are looking for an individual whose research will be adding significantly to the research aims of the LOEWE excellence cluster “Integrative Fungal Research”. The cluster includes researchers in mycology from Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M., Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Philipps-University Marburg, University Kassel and the Senckenberg Society. The aim of the LOEWE excellence cluster will be to synergistically tie together the basic research areas of biodiversity research, molecular genetics, and genomics with translational research in biochemistry and biotechnology. Thus, the research cluster offers an ideal environment for scientific development and profiling.

Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E14). The position is limited to three years, with the possibility of extension for two years in case of positive evaluation. Senckenberg advocates gender equality. Women and other underrepresented groups are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. The possibility of academic development (Habilitation, equivalent to assistant/associate professor) will be given.

Apart from the salary of the group leader, a competitive core funding for instrumentation, running costs and personnel will be provided.

Research expertise in the areas of comparative genomics and transcriptomics, annotation of metabolic pathways and regulatory networks, or systems biology of fungi or oomycetes are particularly welcome. Applicants should have an international track record and have demonstrated their ability to develop innovative ideas in their field of research. Previous experience with independent research is a plus but not mandatory. A record in third party funding acquisition is an advantage; willingness to acquire funding through research proposals is required.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications including a cover letter, CV, statement of research achievements, future research proposal (only one page, each), certificates (PhD, MSc, BSc, or similar) and the names of three scientists who could provide references. Applications should be submitted in a single PDF file by E-Mail to recruiting@senckenberg.de. Closing date for application is: January, 31th 2013

Enquiries about the LOEWE excellence cluster Integrative Fungal Research and regarding the position please contact directly Prof. Dr. Marco Thines (thines@bio.uni-frankfurt.de).


Molecular Biologist: Fusarium USDA-ARS Peoria, IL

via Todd Ward

Research Molecular Biologist in Fusarium

The incumbent serves as a Research Molecular Biologist in the Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology (BFP) Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Peoria, Illinois.  BFP scientists conduct research in genetics, microbiology, 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.  The incumbent will conduct research on the molecular biology and biochemistry of production and detoxification of Fusarium mycotoxins, and elucidate the role of mycotoxins and other secondary metabolites in plant-pathogen interactions.


Specific research objectives include: 1) identification and characterization of mycotoxin detoxification genes as a mechanism to reduce/eliminate the toxins in grain-based food and feed; 2) determination of the genetic bases and ecological significance of variation in types of trichothecene mycotoxins produced byFusarium; and 3) identification and characterization of plant and fungal genes that affect biosynthesis of trichothecenes and other mycotoxins produced by Fusarium.  A combination of molecular, biological, genomic, and phenotypic data generated by the incumbent, or made available through collaborative efforts, will be used to accomplish these objectives.

Applications can be made here at the USDA site

Univ of Oregon Faculty position in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Genetics


Faculty Positions in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Genetics

The Departments of Biology (http://biology.uoregon.edu) and Mathematics (http://math.uoregon.edu ) at the University of Oregon announce a cluster hire of up to three tenure-related faculty positions in Fall 2013. One of these positions may be at the level of Associate or Full Professor with indefinite tenure. These hires are part of an integrated effort to strengthen research and scholarship at the nexus of statistics/mathematics and biology at the University of Oregon, and will serve as a catalyst for future growth in this area. We are broadly interested in recruiting candidates working in areas developing statistical methodology related to the life sciences. Examples of these areas include, but are not limited to, statistical analysis of large data sets, algorithms for analyzing sequence data, and stochastic models for neuroscience, population genomics and molecular evolution. Successful candidates will bolster our emerging strengths in biomathematics, maintain an outstandi
ng research program that focuses on solving core problems in this area, and have a commitment to excellence in teaching. Ph.D. required. Position responsibilities include undergraduate teaching.

Interested persons should apply online to the MATHBIO SEARCH, University of Oregon at https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/4035. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, a statement of research accomplishments and future research plans, a description of teaching experience and philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Ideally the research description and at least one of the letters of recommendation would include descriptions of the statistical/mathematical tools or models used in the applicant’s research. To ensure consideration, application materials should be uploaded by November 15th, 2012, but the search will remain open until the positions are filled.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution committed to cultural
diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and supportive of the needs of dual career couples. We invite applications
from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity.

Fungal Job postings

Research Computational Biologist/Plant Pathologist/Geneticist
The incumbent will initiate a new research program focused on comparative and functional genomics of Fusarium and other mycotoxigenic and plant-pathogenic fungi. Research objectives are to utilize next generation sequencing technologies to conduct comparative and functional genomic analyses of Fusarium and other mycotoxigenic fungi in order to elucidate the genetic factors critical to mycotoxin production, plant pathogenesis, and other critical aspects of pathogen biology; test hypotheses concerning the origin, evolution, phylogenetic distribution, and functional significance of genetic/metabolic variation within these fungi; and contribute to the development of novel tools for molecular diagnostics and management of mycotoxigenic fungi. The incumbent will be required to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and provide supervision for support staff as assigned.

Please send the following announcement and link to your colleagues as appropriate.

The Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Research Unit at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research located in Peoria, IL is recruiting for a permanent scientist, Research Computational Biologist/Plant Pathologist/Geneticist, GS-0401/0434/0440-12/13.

The Announcement opens, Monday, September 17, 2012, and will close on Monday, October 15, 2012. The link to the announcement is https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/326528700


Salary Range £28,200 – £40,720 per annum

Three year post

Applications are invited to join the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology located at the St Mary’s campus, Paddington. The department is based within a five star research institute equipped with the latest technologies and facilities. DIDE is arguably the largest grouping of infectious disease epidemiologists in the world with a very wide range of skills represented, from experimental studies on bacterial/fungal pathogens, through population genetics and infectious disease modelling to field work on emerging infectious disease. As such, the Department offers excellent research facilities and a friendly, intellectually stimulating, working environment.

Emerging fungal infections are attracting increasing scientific and policy interest as their impact on human and ecosystem health becomes more pronounced (see Nature 484 2012). This Research Associate post is funded by a 3-year MRC project grant, entitled ‘An evolutionary population genomics approach to determine the genetic basis of virulence in the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans‘, and seeks to understand the evolutionary basis underlying this pathogen’s emergence as a leading cause of human disease in Africa and South East Asia.

The post holder will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers that are using statistical genetic and functional genomic approaches to identify the patterns and processes that have led to contemporary distributions of genetic diversity for emerging pathogenic fungi, with a focus on Cryptococcus. The post-holder will have a key role in study design and will develop a state-of-the-art bioinformatics pipeline for assembling next-generation sequence data from a global panel of environmental and clinical Cryptococcus isolates. These data will be used for statistical genetic, phylodynamic and evolutionary analyses with the ultimate goal of defining the subset of genetic diversity that is associated with virulence and spatial-expansion of key lineages of Cryptococcus. Key responsibilities will be to develop cutting-edge approaches to managing large eukaryote population genomics datasets, and to liaise with our international collaborators in order to effectively share and curate genome-data.

The successful candidate will have a strong bioinformatic, evolutionary or statistical genetics background with a PhD degree or equivalent in a relevant quantitative subject.

This post is a full time and fixed term until 31st July 2015.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Matthew Fisher (matthew.fisher@imperial.ac.uk).

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Reference number: SM151-12
CLOSING DATE: 21 October 2012

Global Health/Infectious Disease
Georgetown University

The Department of Biology, Georgetown University, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level commencing in August 2013.  We seek applicants whose research efforts are in the area of infectious disease, including those who are working on evolutionary aspects of infectious disease.  This position is expected to complement ongoing research and teaching efforts in global health at Georgetown University, including a graduate program in Global Infectious Disease and an undergraduate major in the Biology of Global Health.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach one course per semester, mentor undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and maintain an active, extramurally-funded research program. Department information can be found at http://biology.georgetown.edu/.  Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a detailed description of previous research accomplishments and future research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three or more references.  Application materials should be submitted electronically in PDF format (preferred) to biology@georgetown.edu with Biology Application as subject.  We will begin review of applications on November 15, 2012.

*Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully
dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other
categories protected by law.*

Postdoctoral position in tropical mycorrhizal diversity

The Peay Lab (http://www.tc.umn.edu/~peay0001) has a potential opening for a postdoctoral research scientist to work on an NSF funded project investigating the diversity and ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi in Dipterocarp rainforests in Malaysia. The project will build a molecular database of mycorrhizal fungi in Dipterocarp forests to facilitate fungal ecology research in southeast Asia.

Major duties of the position would include working with collaborators from the US and Malaysia to help coordinate field surveys and local taxonomic workshops, as well as implementation of molecular ecology studies of ectomycorrhizal & fungal diversity on plant roots and soils. There will also be opportunities to develop independent research questions working in this system. The position would involve substantial field time at the Pasoh & Lambir Hills National Parks.

The ideal candidate would
(1) be a Malaysian national or have experience working in SE Asia,
(2) have a demonstrated ability to work in tropical rainforest field conditions,
(3) have experience with molecular techniques for studying microbial diversity,
(4) have a background in fungal biology or taxonomy,
(5) have experience sampling ectomycorrhizal roots.

Interested candidates should email a SINGLE PDF to kpeay@umn.edu containing (1) a short (<1 page) statement of interest, (2) contact information for 3 potential references, and (3) a CV.  The position will begin in the summer of 2012.  Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Initial hire is for 1 year with potential for 1 year extension based on satisfactory performance.

Kabir G. Peay, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Plant Pathology
University of Minnesota
Email: peay0001@umn.edu
Web:  http://www.tc.umn.edu/~peay0001

Job: Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology


The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California, Riverside, invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The position will be available July 1, 2012, and carries a 50% research appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station and a 50% teaching appointment in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology currently has 16 ladder-rank faculty and three Cooperative Extension Specialists. This position is part of our college’s commitment to expand its emphasis in microbiology and invasive species research over the next decade. The research should focus on the invasion and impacts of microbial (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses) pathogen or symbiont species into agricultural or wildland ecosystems. Applicants studying microbes that regulate invasive plants will also be considered. Approaches could include genetics, genomics, population ecology/evolution, biochemical, bioinformatics, ecoinformatics and/or modeling. The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of researchers studying microbe-host and microbe-environment interactions, have opportunities to collaborate with researchers in UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Center for Conservation Biology, the Center for Invasive Species Research, the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, and have access to modern campus facilities in genomics, proteomics, microscopy, ecological sensing technologies and field stations and facilities. A competitive start-up package is available.

The successful candidate will advise both graduate and undergraduate students and contribute to both graduate and undergraduate teaching in Programs in Microbiology, Plant Pathology, and Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics.

A Ph.D. in a relevant field and a proven ability to conduct innovative research are required. Evaluation of applications will begin February 17, 2012, but the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should email curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, a complete list and selected reprints of publications, and three letters of reference.

Contact: James Borneman
In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities – air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel. At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #4 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2011). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life. UCR is ranked 41st among top public universities (US News and World Report 2011) and is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, with a commitment to workforce diversity. For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit the UCOP site:

Postdoctoral research fellowship in evolutionary genomics at Uppsala University, Sweden

Postdoctoral research fellowship in evolutionary genomics at Uppsala University, Sweden

A postdoctoral fellowhip is available at the Department of Evolutionary Biology at Uppsala University. The postdoc is in the research-group of Dr. Hanna Johannesson, and will focus on testing general evolutionary paradigms in the filamentous ascomycete model system Neurospora. The fellowhip is for one year, with a high likelihood of extension another year.

This postdoc project can be developed after the interest of the applicant, but should fit in to the main interest of the reseach group (http://www.ebc.uu.se/Research/IEG/evbiol/research/Johannesson/publications/)

Research areas include sex chromosome evolution, mating system evolution, local adaptation, molecular evolution and speciation.

The Program in Evolutionary Biology

(http://www.egs.uu.se/evbiol/index.html) is situated in the Evolutionary Biology Centre in central Uppsala. The working atmosphere is international with English as working language. The Evolutionary Biology Centre constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, with research programs including ecology, systematics, genetics, genomics, and developmental biology. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of Uppsala is a vibrant student town with beautiful surroundings conveniently situated 40 minutes with train from Stockholm.

Required qualifications for applicants are 1) a PhD in Biology,

Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, or related field, 2) experience in one or several of the following areas: molecular biology, bioinformatics, comparative genomics, population genetics, experimental evolution, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, mycology, and 3) demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in English.

To apply, send your CV, including contact information for two references, and a cover letter stating your research interest to: Dr Hanna Johannesson, hanna.johannesson@ebc.uu.se.

Faculty Position in Microbiology: University of Georgia

The University of Georgia invites applications for a full time, tenure track Assistant Professor position in the areas of microbial physiology and/or microbial ecology.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a nationally recognized research program involving the role of microorganisms in complex environments, in biogeochemically important processes, and/or in biotechnological applications. Topics of interest include microbial diversity, energy-generating pathways,symbioses, bioprocessing and bioremediation, extremophiles, and the molecular basis of unusual lifestyles or physiology.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Ecology or a related discipline and at least two years of postdoctoral research experience. Successful applicants will be expected to establish a vigorous externally-funded research program and to instruct and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.  To apply, the following should be submitted at: https://www.franklin.uga.edu/jobs/ (1) a single PDF containing cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 1-2 page statements of research interests and teaching philosophy; (2) a single PDF containing reprints of three research papers; and (3) three letters of recommendation submitted directly by the references. For questions, please contact Nancy Perkins at micro@uga.edu or 706-542-2677.

The University of Georgia is located 70 miles northeast of Atlanta in Athens, Georgia.  Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the nation’s first state-chartered university. More information on Athens, Georgia can be found at: http://www.visitathensga.com/. To learn more about the Department of Microbiology and the University of Georgia, visit our website at www.uga.edu/mib.  Review of applications will begin January 15, 2012, and the search will remain open until the position is filled.  The start date for the position is August 13, 2012.  The Department of Microbiology of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Georgia arecommitted to increasing the diversity of faculty and students and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive.  Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Georgia is an EEO/AA institution.

Faculty jobs at UBC-MSL

University of British Columbia’s Michael Smith Laboratory and Center for High-throughput Biology are advertising 6 faculty positions some of which could be great match for candidates with fungal biology interests.  There is more information about the jobs and applying available here.

[note: I am more than happy to post mycology related job adverts on this site, so please feel free to be in touch]