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Postdoc: Comparative genomics and bioinformatics

Postdoc position in comparative genomics and bioinformatics

Applications are invited for a bioinformatics postdoctoral position in ?the research group of Laszlo G Nagy (Synthetic and Systems Biology Unit, Biological Research Center, Szeged, Hungary). We are now looking to hire new people with a background in bioinformatics, phylogenetics or fungal evolution. The Lab offers excellent training opportunities in fungal comparative genomics, cutting edge projects, abundant funding, an inspiring atmosphere and extensive collaborator network.

The primary focus of the lab is understanding the general principles of convergent evolution and fungal multicellularity through comparative genomics, transcriptomics and single-cell transcriptomics of multicellular fruiting bodies in Basidiomycetes. Fruiting bodies represent some of the most complex morphological structures found in fungi, yet, their developmental and evolutionary origins are hardly known. Complex fruiting bodies have evolved independently several times in the Basidiomycetes, offering an excellent model system to study the genetic mechanisms of convergent evolution.

The successful Candidate has:

  • PhD in bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, mycology or other relevant field
  • Experience in genomics, Perl and/or Python scripting
  • Good team player traits
  • Experience in working with fungi is a plus

Contact and application – The starting date of the project is September 2015. The position will last for one year with the possibility of extension up to 4 years. If interested, send a motivation letter along with your CV to Laszlo Nagy (lnagy@brc.hu).

Dr. Laszlo Nagy
Fungal Evolution & Genomics Lab
Synthetic and Systems Biology Unit, Institute of Biochemistry
Biological Research Center, HAS


Job: Faculty Positions at Institute Pasteur


The Institut Pasteur in Paris announces an international call for outstanding candidates at all levels to establish independent research groups in the Mycology Department. Preference will be given to studies on human pathogenic filamentous fungi and yeasts, fungal cell biology or population genetics and genomics. Research on model species will be also considered when connecting to fungal pathogenesis. Attractive start-up and ongoing support includes salary, equipment, and operating costs. In addition, Institut Pasteur provides access to state-of-the-art technology platforms, and to laboratories and research infrastructure in disease-endemic regions through the Pasteur International Network. Further information on the Institute and on-campus facilities can be found at http://www.pasteur.fr. Further information on the Mycology Department can be found at http://www.pasteur.fr/mycology.

The application should comprise the following (in order) in a single pdf file: i) A brief introductory letter, ii) A Curriculum Vitae, a list of 10 selected publications and a full publication list, iii) A description of past and present research activities (up to 3 pages), iv) The proposed research project (up to 6 pages, including a summary).

Junior candidates [1] should also provide:
v) The names of 3 scientists from whom letters of recommendation can be sought, together with the names of scientists with a potential conflict of interest from whom evaluations should not be requested.

Applications and requests for information should be addressed to myco_call2015@pasteur.fr by February 27, 2015. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews in spring 2015 and decisions will be announced by summer 2015.

[1] Institut Pasteur is an equal opportunity employer. Junior group leaders should be less than 8 years after PhD at the time of submission. Women are eligible up to 11 years after their PhD if they have one child and up to 14 years after their PhD if they have two or more children.

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Fungal Ecology Evolution Metagenomics Postdoc (University of Illinois)

A postdoctoral position is available in the department of Plant Biology, in the School of Integrative Biology, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. PIs Astrid Ferrer (aquatic mycologist), Katy Heath (plant and microbe evolution), and Jim Dalling (plant and fungal community ecology) are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on a NSF-funded Dimensions of Biodiversity project aimed at understanding the ecological and genetic controls on fungal community assembly and decomposition function in tropical wood-decomposing aquatic fungi. Both the Heath and Dalling labs are lively, highly-collaborative environments with students and postdocs working on a range of topics in ecology and evolution of plants, bacteria, and fungi.

The duties of the project postdoc will include preparing libraries for metagenomic sequencing of aquatic fungi communities from environmental DNA samples, RNAseq of cultured fungi in response to various environmental treatments, downstream bioinformatic and statistical analyses, and writing manuscripts based on these results.

Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: Molecular biology, (meta)genomics, bioinformatics, statistical analysis, ecology, evolution.

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:

  • A strong publication record from their PhD (papers published, in press, or submitted).
  • Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field. The position is available for 2 years, with the first year as a probationary period, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits.

Application review will begin May 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, with a rough target date of August 2014. All materials should be submitted to the PIs below for consideration. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief description of past research accomplishments and future research goals (under two pages), and the names and contact information for three references.

Contact Dr. Katy Heath regarding the position or application process. For further information about the Heath lab, visit the lab webpage accessible at: http://www.life.illinois.edu/heath

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).


Underwater mushrooms?

ResearchBlogging.org The cover of the Jan/Feb Mycologia has a picture of a pretty weird place to find a mushroom growing – a new species of mushroom that was found fruiting underwater in the Rogue river in Oregon.  This was reported about two years ago for a discovery that was made in 2005, but this is a formal publication on the finding and species description of Psathyrella aquatica. It is quite cool to see discovery of a new habitat for mushrooms, but I expect some more work will be required to fully understand the mechanics and development dealing with the challenges of underwater growth.  I think it would be interesting to see what kind of dispersal mechanisms there are since the spores are probably forced to float downstream, if there is an animal or wind dispersal mechanism at some later stage too or whether one finds mycelium growing in the soil near and around the rivers.

The important part of identifying the species and sequencing identifying molecular marker like ITS is that when later metagenomics studies of soil are performed, the anonymous sequenced clones can be matched up to know species, and we can identify where else this fungus is found.

Frank, J., Coffan, R., & Southworth, D. (2009). Aquatic gilled mushrooms: Psathyrella fruiting in the Rogue River in southern Oregon Mycologia, 102 (1), 93-107 DOI: 10.3852/07-190