Grad Student: Synthetic Ecology and the Evolution of Symbiosis

Graduate Assistantships in Synthetic Ecology and the Evolution of Symbiosis

Graduate assistantships are available to support Masters or PhD students in Erik Hom’s laboratory at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).  The Hom lab is generally interested in understanding how biotic and abiotic factors facilitate the formation, persistence, and evolution of species interactions, notably those that are symbiotic.  We are particularly fond of studying the interactions between fungi and algae and use a predominantly synthetic approach to address our questions (see Science 345:94-98).  Our lab is seeking bright, highly motivated students with an appetite for learning to join us in pursuing research projects of mutual interest in areas that include (but are not limited to): experimental evolution, synthetic ecology, EcoEvoDevo, eukaryotic metagenomics, bioinformatics, and the ecology of microbial consortia.  Stipend support will be a combination of research and teaching assistantships, and includes tuition waivers and health benefits.

The University of Mississippi is in an exciting phase of institutional growth and is located in Oxford, a vibrant and idyllic college town in northern Mississippi, about 75 mi south of Memphis, TN.  If you are into football, William Faulkner, local music, and/or fine food, Oxford is a fun town!  Requirements for graduate admissions can be found here:  The desired start date for these positions is August 2015 (although January 2015 may be possible).  Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Those with a strong interest in STEM education and outreach within an underserved region are also encouraged to apply.

For consideration and/or more information, please contact Dr. Hom (, +1-662-915-1731,  To apply, please send a single PDF file that includes:

1) a cover letter explaining your specific research interest(s) and qualifications/research experience,
2) your curriculum vitae,
3) a scientific writing sample,
4) school transcript(s),
5) GRE scores (note: quantitative and verbal scores should each be >150), and
6) contact information for at least 3 references.

Job: Asst Prof of Computational Systems Biology at UC Riverside

Assistant Professor of Computational Systems Biology

The Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside seeks outstanding candidates for an open Computational Systems Biologist position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are interested in candidates involved in research in systems biology, using computational approaches or a combination of both experimental and computational approaches. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline is required including several years of postdoctoral research. The successful candidate will hold an academic appointment in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences with the option of a secondary cooperating faculty appointment in a quantitative department such as statistics, computer science, engineering or related. The candidate will also join the innovative and multidisciplinary Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) which connects theoretical and experimental researchers from different departments in Life, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and various campus based Centers. The IIGB is organized around a 10,000 sq.ft. suite of Instrumentation Facilities that serve as a centralized, shared-use resource for faculty, staff and students, offering advanced tools in bioinformatics, microscopy, proteomics and genomics. Its bioinformatic component is equipped with a modern high-performance compute (HPC) infrastructure. This position will include an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station, which includes the responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station (

Qualified candidates are expected to have excellent publication and research records in computational systems biology or related areas, such as bioinformatics or computational genome biology. The research program should be heavily focused on involving modern high-throughput data, especially from next generation sequencing technologies. An additional requirement is a strong commitment to teaching in computational systems biology.

Review of applications will begin November 7, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should: (1) submit a curriculum vitae, (2) provide a statement of research, and (3) three letters of reference. A teaching statement is strongly recommended. Please submit your applications through the AP Recruit job link:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veterans Employer.


More information about this recruitment:

Postdoc: Institute for Environmental Genomics, University of Oklahoma

Postdoctoral Positions Available at the University of Oklahoma

Multiple postdoctoral positions are available at the Institute for Environmental Genomics (IEG) and Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, the University of Oklahoma (OU) located in Norman, Oklahoma. The city of Norman is a university town with approximately 100,000 people and easy access to Oklahoma City, OK and Dallas, TX, and the University is working closely with the City on community and economic development. Norman was ranked #6 among the best places to live in 2008 by the CNN/Money Magazine on America’s best small cities.

The Institute for Environmental Genomics, led by Dr. Jizhong Zhou, has state-of-the-art facilities for the study of microbial functional genomics, microbial ecology, metagenomics, and biotechnology development to address fundamental scientific questions.

Three research themes are pursued at IEG:

  1. functional and comparative genomics for understanding gene function, regulation, networks and evolution,
  2. microbial ecology and community genomics for understanding the diversity, composition, structure, function and dynamics of microbial communities related to global change, bioremediation, land use, bioenergy, and agricultural practices as well as their linkages with ecosystem functioning using metagenomics approaches, such as functional gene arrays, high-throughput sequencing, and single cell genomics, and
  3. development of metagenomic and bioinformatic tools for high throughput data analysis and predictive modeling of molecular ecological networks.

IEG researchers have pioneered the development and application of functional gene arrays (e.g., GeoChips), and metagenomic sequencing (e.g., MiSeq sequencing of phylogenetic and functional gene amplicons) approaches for microbial community analysis. IEG is also establishing Raman-based single cell genomics facility.

The selected candidates will apply these technologies to understand the diversity, composition, structure, function, dynamics and interaction of microbial communities, and address fundamental questions related to global change, bioremediation, land use, and agricultural operations.

Candidates with strong background, interests, and experience in microbiology, microbial ecology, soil science, theoretical ecology, and/or metagenomics are encouraged to apply. Additional experience is desirable but not required in bioinformatics, mathematics, computer science, and/or statistics. All individuals will work cooperatively with scientists at different institutions, such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona, and Georgia Institute of Technology as well as foreign countries like China, Korea and Singapore. Interested individuals should send their curriculum vita, a description of research interests and accomplishments (e.g., publications), and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references to Dr. Jizhong Zhou ( Salary will be competitive, depending on experience, expertise and skills. Further information can be found on the IEG web site. The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace.

A printable flier is available PostdocPositions-OU-13Jun2014.

Postdoc: Yeast Evolutionary Genomics

The Hittinger Lab, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with an exceptional background in bioinformatics, functional genomics, or evolutionary genomics. Experience analyzing Illumina sequence data, computer programming proficiency, and training in ecological or evolutionary genetics are highly desirable.

The lab recently received generous funding for yeast
evolutionary genomics research from the National Science
Foundation’s Dimensions of Biodiversity Program and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

With Antonis Rokas (Vanderbilt) and Cletus P. Kurtzman (USDA), the Y1000+ Project seeks to sequence and analyze the to complete genomes of all ~1,000 known species of Saccharomycotina yeasts and determine the genetic basis of their metabolic, ecological, and functional diversification. Yeasts are genetically more diverse than vertebrates and have remarkable metabolic dexterity, but most remain minimally characterized. They compete vigorously for nutrients in every continent and biome and can produce everything from beer to oil. The history of yeasts is recorded in their genome sequences. Now is the time to read it and tell their story!

The Hittinger Lab has diverse funding for other basic and applied research from NSF, DOE, and USDA, but we are specifically expanding our basic research in ecological and evolutionary genomics.

The complete advertisement and application instructions can be found here – The precise start date is flexible, but candidates should apply by November 30th to receive full consideration.


Chris Todd Hittinger, Assistant Professor of Genetics
Genome Center of Wisconsin
J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution
University of Wisconsin-Madison
425-G Henry Mall, 2434 Genetics/Biotechnology Center
Madison, WI  53706-1580, (608) 890-2586

Postdoc: Aspergillus Pathogenesis and Immune Activation Dartmouth

A postdoctoral position is available to study the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and host defense during Aspergillus fumigatus infection. The project will focus on fungal and host factors that are responsive to in vivo oxygen levels which subsequently modulate virulence and host inflammatory responses in clinically relevant models of aspergillosis.

Two years of initial funding are guaranteed for generating data and applying for independent funding. Applicants should have a PhD in microbiology, immunology or closely related field. Experience in molecular mycology and/or immunology are preferred, but those interested in mycology from other backgrounds are welcome to apply.

The Cramer Laboratory is located at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The position affords the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art facilities and resources associated with a major research and teaching institution, while enjoying the quality of life characteristic of the upper valley in New England.

For further information on our institution and department see: and For the Cramer laboratory, see and the Dartmouth Lung Biology Center:

PDF: CramerDartmouth_Postdoc_2014

Job: Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, Tenn State Univ

Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology at Tennessee State University.

The position is a 12-month, tenure-track position and includes a technician and internal funding.  The position is located at the Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center, McMinnville, TN (

Applicants interested in applying for the position should visit and enter the position description number 092775, which will take them to the posting where they can apply.

Dr. Jason Oliver (Search Committee Chair)

Jason B. Oliver, PhD
Associate Professor – Entomology
Tennessee State University
College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center
Phone:  931-668-3572

PDF flier here Tennessee State University Asst Prof Plant Pathology 092775


Postdoc positions at Duke University & MMTP

Postdoc positions in the Heitman lab and through the Molecular Mycology Training Program at Duke University, NC State, and University of North Carolina are available as of December 1, 2014.

HeitmanImageThe Heitman lab at Duke University is seeking Postdoctoral Fellow applicants. The lab focuses on molecular determinants of development and virulence in the pathogenic basidiomycetes Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii with complementary studies in both model and pathogenic fungi including Cryptococcus amylolentus, Filobasidiella depauperata, Cryptococcus heveanensis and other related basidiomycetes including Kwoniella and Malassezia species, species from the Candida pathogenic complex (C. albicans, C. lusitaniae), and the zygomycete Mucor circinelloides.

Areas of research interest include:

  • modes and impact of unisexual and sexual reproduction
  • structure, function, and evolution of the mating type locus
  • calcineurin in fungal virulence and as a novel antifungal drug target
  • comparative fungal genomics of a species cluster of human fungal pathogens
  • molecular networks that orchestrate infection of the host and development
  • RNAi based pathways operating during mitotic and sexual development and epimutational gene silencing
  • mechanisms of action of natural products and antifungal drugs

Applications should send pdfs of curriculum vitae, reprints/preprints, a statement of research accomplishments and interests, and letters of recommendation to Joseph Heitman at

Job: Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi – Oregon State

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology seeks applicants for a 9-month, full-time (1.0 FTE), tenure-track faculty position in Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative and competitive research program that pursues scholarly work in the area of Evolutionary Ecology. The research specialization within evolutionary ecology is open and includes, but is not limited to: plants, fungi, or plant-fungal interactions (e.g., mycorrhizae, endophytes, pathogens, etc.). Emphasis is placed on research that integrates across multiple levels of inquiry and combines field, experimental, laboratory and/or computational approaches, and is relevant to natural resources and/or agriculture.

The candidate will also contribute to undergraduate and graduate education in introductory courses and/or in area of expertise; mentor and serve as research advisor to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in their advanced degree programs in Botany and Plant Pathology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Environmental Science or related programs; and act as advisor and research mentor to undergraduate students. Required qualifications include a PhD with research experience relevant to Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi, and a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Other preferred qualifications include potential for developing an interdisciplinary research program and effective teaching.
To review the position description and apply, go to posting #0012761 at OSU is an AA/EOE.

For full consideration, apply by 09/15/14 when review of applications will begin. Closing date is 10/15/14.

Postdoc: Population Genomics of Cheese Fungi

Postdoc in Population Genomics of Cheese Fungi (Orsay, France)

We are seeking a highly motivated postgraduate researcher to work on population genomics of cheese Fungi in laboratory ESE located in Orsay near Paris ( The project focuses on studying the population genomics of *Penicillium roqueforti*, a fungus used for the maturation of blue cheese. Using whole-genome sequences of wild and domesticated populations, the successful applicant will particularly work on describing the recombination landscape within the genome of Penicillium roqueforti, the dynamics of transposable elements and horizontal gene transfers, and the selection within domesticated populations.

Applicants must have a PhD with emphasis on population genetics and genomics, molecular evolution. Experience in manipulating high throughput sequencing data and bioinformatics would be an advantage as well.

The successful applicant will be working in Evolutionary Ecology and
Genetics team with Antoine Branca and Tatiana Giraud. The team has a long research experience in population genetics of fungi.

Orsay is a small town located 30km south of Paris and at just 40 min by urban transportation from downtown Paris.

Review of applications begins immediately until the end of June 2014.
Starting dates are flexible but preferentially by September 2014. Salary will depend upon experience. To apply, please email to i) a cover letter summarizing research interests and expertise ii) a Curriculum Vitae (including publications), and iii) the names and contact information of at least two references.