Three year position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in fungal molecular ecology available at the University of Oslo, Norway:
Soil fungi play important functional roles in forest ecosystems; while saprotrophic taxa are essential for organic matter decomposition; mycorrhizal root-associated fungi mediate the link between living plants and the below-ground community. Recent studies indicate that plant-fungi interactions through mycorrhiza affect the efficiency of decomposition by fungi, and works as a main driver for soil carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems. The goal of this project (MycoSoil), which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, is to make fundamental progress in the understanding of the community ecology and functions of fungi in boreal forest soils, how they are organized spatiotemporally and how they influence on carbon sequestration processes. We will take advantage of linking the project to two long-term surveys of boreal forests. State-of-the art DNA metabarcoding and metatranscriptomics approaches will be used to analyze spatiotemporal variation in the soil fungal communities.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Dept. of Plant Pathology
University of Minnesota