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 http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. 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 (http://www.ese.u-psud.fr/index.php). 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
antoine.branca@u-psud.fr: 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.

Job: Univ of Wisconsin, Plant-Microbe Ecologist or Epidemiologist

University of Wisconsin, Madison is advertising a position for Plant-Microbe Ecologist or Epidemiologist. The text below is taken from U. Wisconsin Eco_Epi_Ad

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching broadly at the assistant professor level for a researcher who studies the ecology or epidemiology of plant associated microbes through the use of emerging and novel quantitative methods. Areas of focus could include, but are not limited to: role of plant pathogens in the ecology of agricultural or natural systems; ecology of plant-associated microbes; population genetics of plant pathogens; metapopulation and dispersal dynamics; or the influence of landscapes and the physical environment on host-pathogen dynamics. We expect the incumbent to develop a research program with both empirical and theoretical components that form a bridge between basic and applied research. Further, we expect the incumbent to collaborate with colleagues in other programs such as plant biology, microbiology, ecology, modeling and related disciplines. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop a vigorous extramurally funded research program and to teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. The position carries a 70% research / 30% teaching distribution of effort, and a 9-month appointment. Teaching responsibilities include leading a graduate level course in ecology, epidemiology and control of plant diseases. Requirements include: a Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, ecology, botany, or related discipline; a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of plant pathology and relevant research experience; effective oral and written communication skills; and a positive attitude for teamwork, including the ability to lead and motivate others.

The University of Wisconsin attracts excellent graduate students and offers high-quality research and teaching facilities. Many opportunities exist on the campus for collaboration across a broad array of disciplines. Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is a picturesque and progressive city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment.

To apply, compile the following into a single pdf file: cover letter, statements of teaching and research interests, and curriculum vitae, and submit to: ecoepisearch@plantpath.wisc.edu. Arrange to have copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference emailed to the same address. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Professor Murray Clayton, mkc@plantpath.wisc.edu. Applications received by September 1, 2014 will be assured full consideration; review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

 

Postdoc: Populus microbiome/mycobiome at ORNL

New postdoc position in Chris Schadt’s lab at Oak Ridge National Lab

Purpose
The Biosciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (http://www.ornl.gov) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the area of microbial ecology. The selected candidate will join an international team of investigators focused on understanding ecology of microbial communities as well as their responses to various anthropogenically induced changes (climate, contaminants, land use, etc.) in multiple systems.

Major Duties/Responsibilities
Design, conduct and interpret laboratory and field based research; lead and contribute to the development of scientific manuscripts and proposals for the Plant-Microbe Interfaces (PMI) project. The available project position will focus on understanding community structure and function of microbes associated with Populus tree species as driven by host genotypic and environmental factors [more at: http://pmi.ornl.gov/]. Research is facilitated by a full range of state-of-the-art equipment/facilities for microbiology, molecular biology, and genomics, in a professional environment with excellent technical support.

Qualifications Required

Qualifications Required: Ph.D. degree in microbiology, ecology, molecular biology, or related field. Applicant should have demonstrated expertise in both modern molecular ecology methods such as quantitative PCR, DNA sequence analyses, as well as working with the informatics tools for microbiome and metagenomics studies. Demonstrated expertise must include a track record of primary contributions to peer-reviewed publications.

Qualifications Preferred: Priority will be given to applicants with a successful history of interdisciplinary, integrative, and innovative research in this area. Familiarity with software tools for next generation DNA sequence analysis of rRNA and metagenomic microbial datasets as well as the ability to program and script in R, Python or Perl to customize such analyses would also be preferred.

Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

Postdoc: Univ of Minnesota Fungal Genomics

Postdoctoral Position – Fungal Genomics and Metabolomics
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Position description:

A postdoctoral position focused on comparative genomics, metabolomics, and regulatory mechanisms of secondary metabolites in fungi is available in the Bushley lab. This project will focus on population genomics of fungi (Fusarium, Tolypocladium spp.) to investigate regulation and evolution of secondary metabolite genes, clusters, and metabolites. The project will
adopt an interdisciplinary approach that integrates next-generation genome sequencing and assembly, comparative genomics, and RNA-Seq experiments with analyses of chemical products. Genome resequencing will examine the roles of structural variation, transposition, selection, genome methylation, and other evolutionary processes in driving the diversification of secondary metabolite genes and clusters. Strain specific differences in metabolite expression will be investigated under a variety of different media conditions and data will be integrated to develop and analyze metabolic and regulatory networks involved in controlling secondary metabolism.

Minimum requirements:
A Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics, mycology, genomics, chemistry, biochemistry, or related fields. The ideal candidate will have existing skills in two or more of the following: experience in sequencing and analysis of next-generation sequence data, bioinformatics and comparative genomics, molecular biology, mass spectrometry, NMR, and a willingness to learn new techniques. The initial appointments is for 1 year, with an opportunity for renewal for a second year. The position is available beginning in June 2014. Start date is flexible. Salary range $38,000 – $43,000 depending on experience, plus health benefits.

To apply:
Any questions regarding the position should be directed to kbushley@umn.edu. Informal inquiries are welcome. Applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website (http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=119828) and include a CV, a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, and contact information for three references. Screening of applicants will begin May 15 until a suitable candidate is found.

Kathryn Bushley
Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota
Department of Plant Biology
822 BioSci Bldg
1445 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Meeting wrapup from ECFG12 in Seville

I recently returned from a successful ECFG12 in Seville, Spain held at the end of March. Some of us flew into Madrid first and took the high speed train to Seville (about 2 1/2 hours) which was a great way to relax and get out of planes after a transatlantic flight. We boarded the train in Madrid and stepped off in Seville. Very fast trains

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The countryside at 200km/hr

The  satellite meetings held before the conference include organism-specific conferences including Neurospora, Fusarium, Dothiedeomycetes, and Colleotrichum and AsperFest

ECFG Sattelite meetings

The conference content was excellent – I am reminded whenever I go to a fungal genetics meeting how fast paced the field has become with the application of genomics and genetics driving studies of cell biology, evolution, and industrial uses of fungi.

It was quite fun to see many of my long term collaborators and colleagues who work in this field. I am also especially interested to see many “non model” systems becoming more tractable with the tools that can be developed based on genome sequencing, transformation techniques, and a growing research community. The separation of “model system” work from applied or medically less clear to me .

This included symbiosis and fungal “communication” or interactions with other organisms such as Hypocreales fungi that are insect associated, as well Dan Vanderpool and his project working on Ophistoma fungi associated with beetles, some interesting Lichen genomics from environmentally sampled thalli from work from Toby Spribille.  Work presented by Jessie Uehling from work by collaboration with the Labbé  (ORNL) and Vilgalys (Duke) labs included a description of endohyphal symbiotic bacteria associated with Mortierella elongata fungus (a “zygomycete” early diverging lineage) which is associated with tree roots.

I unfortunately missed some of the concurrent session that was happening at the same time but some interesting talks in “Unconventional gene regulation” that I would have liked to hear more about.

I also got to hear good work presented in the session on Fungal development and genomics where Minou Nowrousian spoke on Pyronema genome and developmental biology, Francis Trail‘s talk on Fusarium fruiting body development.

I also enjoyed the session I spoke in, organize by Hanna Johannesson and Toni Gabaldón which included great overviews on application of phylogenomics and genomes to fungal biology. This ranged from Hanna on evolution of sex chromosomes in Neurospora tetrasperma,  Saccharomyces and the (amazing) power of yeast genetics and molecular biology (Maitreya Dunham, @dunhamlab) to mycorrhizal fungal genomics (Francis Martin, @fmartin1954), Toni (@gabaldonlab) and the PhylomeDB project but also the analysis of the WGD in Saccharomyces which suggests an alternative scenario for the duplication that may have arisen through allopolyploidization (hybridization between two species) rather than autopolyploidization. Several other great talks in our session including Jaqueline Hess on variation in Amanita genomes, Sarah Schmidt on identifying  AVR2 gene in Fusarium oxysporum.

The plenary sessions were plentiful with highlights across the fungal genetics spectrum. From Phycomyces biology (which has had much of its main origins and efforts in Spain) to Magnaporthe (@talbotlabexeter). Many more interesting work highlighted in the program and links to the abstract book are available. I expect a published report on the meeting will come in the future. Overall I really enjoyed the chance to mix more European and international colleagues and talk about the virtues of football and tapas!

Some of us spent a few more days after the meeting to enjoy Spain or meet with friends. For example Zack and I planned some great Neurospora experiments over tapas and sightseeing.  Hope to be back to Madrid and Spain again soon.

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Eels and shrimp tapas
Eels and shrimp tapas

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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

Yale EEB Postdoc in Microbial Evolutionary Ecology

Yale Postdoctoral Position in Microbial Evolutionary Ecology.

A two- to three-year postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Paul Turner in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. We are seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to participate in ongoing experimental projects relating to eco-evolutionary theory.  These projects concern (i) role of environmental heterogeneity on adaptability of bacteriophages, (ii) role of niche construction in the evolutionary ecology of virus- cancer cell interactions, and (iii) effects of host density on virulence evolution in killer viruses of yeast. The successful candidate will engage in these projects in the first year, while increasingly developing and leading projects of their own design as the position continues. The experiments can utilize high-throughput, automated measures of evolving microorganisms via liquid-handling robotics. Experience with these technologies is preferred, but all strong candidates will be considered.
This postdoctoral position is in association with the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies program in Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics, which is co-directed by David Vasseur, David Post, and Paul Turner. Through this program, the candidate will participate in regular working groups combining international leaders in experimental and theoretical approaches to eco-evolutionary dynamics. More information on the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is available atwww.yale.edu/eeb<http://www.yale.edu/eeb>. For information about postdoctoral appointments at Yale, seehttp://www.yale.edu/postdocs/.  Applications should be emailed to Paul Turner (paul.turner@yale.edu) and include a CV, short statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.  Applications will be considered beginning on May 1, 2014.

Postdoc: USDA Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Research unit

The Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Research Unit at USDA-NCAUR in Peoria, Illinois, has two postdoctoral associate positions available.

  1. The successful applicant will study comparative genomics of Fusarium in order to elucidate genetic mechanisms that have given rise to the current diversity and distribution of secondary metabolite and pathogenicity-related genes in the F. fujikuroispecies complex.  For a more detailed description of the position and information on how to apply, please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/361765700or contact Robert Proctor (robert.proctor@ars.usda.gov; tel. 309-681-6380).
  2. The successful applicant will use molecular biological and microbiological techniques to identify and characterize the microbial genes that modify, detoxify, or otherwise confer resistance to mycotoxins.  For a more detailed description of the position and information on how to apply, please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/360735200 or contact Susan McCormick(Susan.McCormick@ars.usda.gov; tel. 309-681-6381).