Postdoc & PhD positions in Evolutionary Biology – Genome organization of AM fungi

Postdoc & PhD positions in Evolutionary Biology – Genome organization of AM fungi

At the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Description

Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi form symbiotic interactions with almost all terrestrial plants and have done so since plants first colonized land. The postdoc and PhD position are both part of a newly funded ERC research program aimed at understanding the ecology and evolution of these widespread and important organisms. Using state-of-the art technology, e.g., PacBio long read sequencing and single nucleus genomics methods, the research program seeks to resolve the genome organization of AM fungi so that the evolutionary consequences of their genome organization can be studied. Specifically, the project aims at testing the hypothesis that genetically distinct nuclear genotypes coexist within AM fungi. The project involves culturing of AM fungi, sorting and genotyping of nuclei from individual fungal isolates, genome and meta-genome sequencing and assembly, as well as genome size estimation. Based on the outcome of this first part, the project will be developed to connect genotype and phenotype to mycorrhizal activity.

The postdoc and PhD student will work close together and be part of an expanding research team led by Anna Rosling (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/rosling/research/) in collaboration with Hanna Johannesson (http://www.iob.uu.se/research/systematic-biology/johannesson/) at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University. EBC constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, housing some 300 scientists and graduate students. The scientific environment with numerous seminars, journal clubs and social activities offer excellent possibilities for contacts and collaborations. Local platforms for high-performance computational analyses (https://www.uppmax.uu.se/uppnex), NGS, SNP genotyping and proteomic analyses (http://www.scilifelab.se) ensure immediate access to state-of-the-art technology. This project will utilize several of the technological platforms at SciLifeLab in Uppsala, in particular the Microbial Single Cell Genomics Platform (https://www.scilifelab.se/facilities/single-cell/).

Qualifications

Experience in bioinformatics and genome analysis is necessary and experience in mycology is a merit. The ideal candidate is scientifically motivated and can work both independently and as part of a team. High standard of spoken and written English is required.

To apply for the PhD position you must have a Master Degree in Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Mycology or equivalent. Attach a copy of your diploma and your master thesis with the application.

To apply for the Post Doc position you must have acquired a PhD in Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Mycology or equivalent. Attach a copy of your PhD degree with the application.

Information about the position will be given by Anna Rosling tel +46 18-471 64 44, Anna.Rosling@ebc.uu.se.

Application: The application should include a letter with a short motivation of your interest in the position (one A4 page) and name and contact information to at least three reference persons and your CV. Use the link below to access the application form.

PhD candidates are welcome to submit their application using the link below no later than February 29, 2016. http://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=88336

Post Doc candidates are welcome to submit their application by email to Anna.Rosling@ebc.uu.se no later than February 15, 2016

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

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/

Postdoc: 2 positions in RNA Biology of Fungal Pathogens @UCDavis

Two post-doctoral positions are available in the field of RNA biology in fungal pathogens in the laboratory of Ioannis Sterigiopoulos in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis.  One position is for “a highly motivated post- doctoral candidate to conduct basic fundamental and translational research in the field of RNA silencing in fungi” and the second is for  “a highly skilled and motivated post-doc in the field of RNAseq and transcriptomics”.
Please see the advertisements attached.

Neurospora 2016 conference registration

A reminder the Neurospora conference will be held March 10-13, 2016 at scenic Asiomar Conference grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. We look forward to seeing you there, at least 1/3 of the talks will come from submitted abstracts and there will be lots of room and time for discussions of research poster

Registration and Abstract Submission  are now open for submission. Abstract deadline is Jan 15, Early Bird registration deadline is December 31.

 

Postdoc: Early diverging fungi in the James lab at U. Michigan

The James Lab at the University of Michigan is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in the area of single cell and comparative genomics. The research is centered on understanding the phylogeny, life cycles, and nutrition of early diverging fungi, including the Zygomycetes, Cryptomycetes, and Chytridiomycetes through genomic analyses. The ultimate goals of the project are to produce a well-resolved phylogeny of the basal branches of the fungal kingdom, to identify key evolutionary events associated with diversification and reproduction, and to use genomics to predict ecological roles of uncultured lineages. A major component of the work will be to develop or improve methods for sequencing genomes and transcriptomes using single or few cells or genome assembly using metagenomic approaches. This work will involve collaborations with the ZyGOLife research network (zygolife.org) and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI). The projects are supported by NSF and two JGI Community Sequencing Projects.

The ideal candidate will be skilled in bioinformatics, molecular biology, and cultivation/microscopy of fungi. Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in both bioinformatics and molecular biology. Possible duties include environmental sampling, cell sorting (FACS, micromanipulation), microscopy, genome assembly and annotation, and comparative analyses of genome evolution. Opportunities for mentoring undergraduates or research associates will be provided. The initial appointment is for one year with a possibility of extension to a second year pending performance review.

Our lab (www.umich.edu/~mycology) pursues diverse projects in mycology, and the environment is conducive to development of a pathway to independence in academic research. The lab is in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://www.eeb.lsa.umich.edu/eeb/index.html), which has strengths in phylogenetics, evolutionary genomics, and disease ecology.

Interested applicants should email Tim James (tyjames@umich.edu) with a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references.

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.

 

Postdoc: Uppsala University on Meiotic Drive in Fungi

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN THE EVOLUTION OF MEIOTIC DRIVE

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the research group of professor Hanna Johannesson, at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University.

Conflicts arising from selfish genetic elements are important drivers for evolutionary change and innovation, and thus of crucial importance for genetic form and function.  The main goal of this project is to study the evolutionary dynamics of meiotic drive in fungi.  The study system is the Spore killers of Podospora anserina, a filamentous ascomycete. The ultimate aim of our research group is to combine large-scale genomic analyses with theoretical and experimental investigations to study the evolutionary dynamics of this meiotic drive system, both on a short and a long evolutionary timescale. This postdoc project will be developed after the interest of the applicant, but should preferably encompass a combination of experimental and genomic aspects. It will be a part of a collaborative effort within our research group.

Applicants should have a PhD in biology/evolutionary biology. Documented skills in molecular phylogenetics and/or population genetics, experimental and genomic work, especially using fungal model systems, is highly valued.

Start date is flexible, ideally February 1, 2016. The position may be
extended for up to two more years.

Please send your application materials by November 25 to
Hanna.Johannesson@ebc.uu.se. The application shall include: 1) a cover letter stating research interests, 2) a CV, including publication
record, 3) a short (1-2 page) description of research accomplishments, and 4) name and contact information for three references.

Please feel free to contact me at the above listed e-mail with
questions.