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Postdoc: Fungal Evolution at University Arizona (Arnold Lab)

The Arnold lab at the University of Arizona seeks a postdoctoral researcher as part of a recently funded, collaborative project
supported by the National Science Foundation’s Genealogy of Life (GoLife) program. The project centers on enriching phylogenetic knowledge of the Pezizomycotina through new collections of endophytic and endolichenic fungi, with special attention to the evolution of symbioses with photosynthetic prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The position will begin on or near April 15, 2016, with an expected duration of two years (potentially expandable to three).

The position will be based in Tucson, Arizona, in the School of Plant Sciences and in affiliation with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with opportunities for fieldwork in Panama, Chile, South Africa, and Borneo. The project represents a collaborative network with researchers at Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Mississippi, with ample opportunity for interactions among labs. The position also includes a meaningful outreach component to foster training in STEM for local high school students and opportunities to mentor undergraduate researchers from diverse backgrounds.

Minimum requirements: a PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, plant pathology, or a related discipline, and a strong background in molecular and/or fungal ecology (including next-generation sequencing), biodiversity informatics, computation, and/or mycology. Preferred candidates will have diverse research interests, excellent communication skills, high motivation, and a strong willingness to work independently and as part of an integrative team.

Home to the world-class University of Arizona, Tucson is a vibrant southwestern city with a rich and distinctive heritage, fabulous access to outdoor activities, and diverse opportunities for cultural engagement. The University of Arizona is currently in a dynamic phase of hiring new faculty, making the timing ideal for a candidate interested in engaging with a major initiative in ecosystem genomics.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, copies of three recent publications, and a one-page lesson plan for a hands-on, one-day activity to teach a core concept in fungal biology, ecology, or evolutionary biology at the high school level. All application materials should be submitted in a single email to arnold@ag.arizona.edu (please put GoLife postdoc in the subject line) AND to the University of Arizona Human Resources website ( https://uacareers.com, posting # P20132). Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted as above.

Application review will begin on Jan. 20, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

A. Elizabeth (Betsy) Arnold
School of Plant Sciences
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721