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Author: Created: 7/29/2016 4:24 PM
MSA Studentships postings
By SuperUser Account on 7/17/2017 12:20 PM

A position is available for a graduate research assistant at the M.S. or Ph.D. level in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota (plpa.cfans.umn.edu).  The overall goals of the project are to understand the roles of biotic and abiotic interactions in contributing to the spread and invasiveness of Fusarium virguliforme, the causal agent of soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS). The project will investigate traits of this fungal pathogen that may enable spread and establishment of the pathogen in multiple cropping environments, including bioassays to assess variation in selected phenotypic traits across a panel of isolates from a broad geographical distribution.

This will be a joint position between the Malvick Lab in the Dept. of Plant Pathology (plpa.cfans.umn.edu/people/faculty/dean-malvick) and the Bushley lab in the Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology (www.cbs.umn.edu/plantbio/faculty/kathrynbushley). ...
By SuperUser Account on 6/21/2017 10:25 AM
The Murray and Walker Labs at Tennessee Technological University are currently seeking applications for MSc students to advance research on the alligator nest microbiome. The proposed work will take a multidisciplinary approach between a crocodilian physiologist (Dr. Chris Murray) and microbial ecologist (Dr. Donald Walker). The research will utilize a cutting-edge molecular approach to assess spatial and temporal structure of the alligator nest and egg shell microbiome. The project will include both a field and lab component. Field work will occur in the bayou ecosystems of Alabama, Louisiana, and southeastern Texas.    

Prior experience or training in microbiology, mycology, herpetology, or molecular biology is preferred. The MSc position is to begin in August 2017. Prospective students should inquire directly with Donald Walker (dmwalker@tntech.edu) or Chris Murray (cmmurray@tntech.edu) and include your CV, a statement of interest, and unofficial transcripts...
By SuperUser Account on 4/17/2017 9:43 AM

The Grubisha Lab at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay is seeking a MSc graduate student to conduct research as part of our orchid mycorrhizal fungi conservation project in collaboration with the Ridges Sanctuary and the Smithsonian Ecological Research Center. The Ridges Sanctuary is a hotspot of North American orchid biodiversity situated along northern Lake Michigan in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. The research project will include field work at the Ridges Sanctuary, greenhouse experiments, soil nutrient analyses, isolation and maintenance of pure fungal cultures, and molecular analyses. Prior experience or training in mycology, microbiology, or plant biology is preferred. Students should be able to start in August 2017 or January 2018 in our Environmental Science & Policy graduate program, Ecosystems Studies track (http://www.uwgb.edu/esp/). Interested students should contact Lisa Grubisha directly (grubishl@uwgb.edu) and include your CV, unofficial transcripts, and a statement of your interests. For more information about the Grubisha Lab see http://blog.uwgb.edu/grubisha/


By SuperUser Account on 3/31/2017 9:19 AM

The Forest Pathology Lab at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) is accepting applications for a graduate student (PhD level) to start as a research assistant in the Summer of 2017 and to enroll for Fall 2017. We are looking for a highly-motivated individual to study the population genomics of Ceratocystis fagacearum, the pathogen behind the devastating disease of oaks “oak wilt”. This is a unique opportunity to combine traditional plant pathology research (microscopy, field and culture work) with molecular and bioinformatics approaches (PCR, qPCR and genome resequencing analyses). The candidate will identify the population structure of C. fagacearum in the US and evaluate known assays and, if required, develop novel molecular assays to detect the pathogen. Furthermore, the candidate will investigate seasonal variation in infection of red oak by C. fagacearum and seasonal variation in red oak susceptibility. The candidate will be part of a larger project focused on identifying high-risk periods of C. fagacearum transmission and infection in Michigan. For further information please go to the following web link: https://forestpathology.msu.edu/research/oak-wilt/.

The Graduate student will have the option of a degree from either the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences or the Department of Forestry, depending on their interests. The student will be supported with three years of stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance. Additional fellowship opportunities for graduate students at Michigan State University are also available.

Position Requirements:

The ideal applicant will have an MSc and experience and interest in molecular biology of tree pathogens, particularly in population genetics/genomics and detection assays. Applicants must have a degree in a relevant area, including plant pathology, forestry, mycology, genomics, bioinformatics, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, botany, or other biological sciences. They should be self-motivated, have strong interpersonal skills and be capable of working in a multidisciplinary team. They must be able to perform experiments independently and write scientific publications and other documents. Applicants with prior experience in next-gen sequencing, bioinformatics, pcr and qPCR are encouraged to apply. Excellent communication, reading, and writing skills in English are also desired. The selected candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the U.S. by the start date. Additionally, candidates will need to meet the minimum requirements outlined by Michigan State University’s Graduate program (https://grad.msu.edu/).

Instructions For Applying:

If you are interested in this position please contact Dr. Monique Sakalidis via email at sakalidi@msu.edu. Include a short statement of interest, your CV and the contact details of three references. To be accepted into the graduate program you will need to apply through the MSU Graduate School https://grad.msu.edu/apply. Applications must be received by April 20th, 2017 to receive full consideration.

Specific information regarding the Plant pathology graduate program please see http://www.psm.msu.edu/degree_cerficate_programs.

Specific information regarding the Forestry graduate program please seehttp://www.for.msu.edu/graduate/important_information_for_graduate_applicants.

Organization Description:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer and the Department Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and the Department of Forestry is committed to promoting diversity in research.

Organization Website: www.msu.edu

Closing Date: April 20th 2017

By SuperUser Account on 1/26/2017 4:18 PM
The PhD position is part of a project to investigate the origins and diversification of ectomycorrhizal fungi. The project will study when ectomycorrhiza evolved in fungi, the process with which it has evolved, how biogeographical processes differ between ectomycorrhizal and non-ectomycorrhizal fungi, and processes shaping the phylogenetic diversity of ectomycorrhizal communities.

For more information see http://uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=130647
By SuperUser Account on 1/3/2017 10:13 AM

Funding is available for two outstanding PhD students to start in Summer or Fall 2017, to work on a new NSF-supported project in Fusarium systematics and evolution. 

More information can be found here:


Students who get applications in early can be considered for university-sponsored fellowships.

By SuperUser Account on 10/31/2016 11:58 AM
The Smith Fungal Biology Lab (http://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/matthew-e-smith/) and the Hulcr Forest Entomology Lab (www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org) at the University of Florida are recruiting a motivated Ph.D. student to start in Summer or Fall of 2017. We are seeking a student who is broadly interested in fungal systematics, evolutionary biology, and insect-fungi interactions to study ambrosia beetles and their symbiotic fungi as part of an NSF-funded project.

We want someone with:

• BS or (preferably) an MS degree in biological sciences

• A background that includes evolution, systematics, computational approaches and/or fungal biology

• Laboratory and molecular biology experience

• Appropriate GPA and GRE scores

• Solid English language abilities, strong scientific writing, and demonstrated ability to complete projects.

The following skills and...
By SuperUser Account on 10/25/2016 3:30 PM
We are looking for a graduate student to join our research group beginning in fall semester 2017. The student would develop an independent research focus in line with ongoing lab projects. We are exploring how plant traits relate to community structure and function of fungi (e.g., decomposition, pathenogenisis) using culturing and next generation sequencing techniques and the consequences of these interactions for the forest carbon cycle in locations around the globe as climate changes. Additionally, we are looking at the evolution, ecology and physiology of plants across environmental gradients in various locations around the globe.
By SuperUser Account on 7/5/2016 7:43 AM
The Doyle Lab at Louisiana State University and LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is looking to recruit an inquisitive, enthusiastic, and well-qualified graduate student to work on one of several projects in fungal phylogenomics starting in Winter/Spring of 2017. The ideal candidate will be interested in pursuing a PhD, however Masters students will be considered. Candidates with experience in phylogenetics, bioinformatics, and mycology will be given preference, but good communication skills plus a strong interest in fungal evolution and phylogenetic inference is a must. There will be opportunities to develop a project that combines field, lab, and computational work within the broader scope of our lab’s research program. A research assistantship plus research support is currently funded for 3 years, but students will be expected to pursue additional funding. Interested candidates should contact Vinson Doyle (vdoyle@agcenter.lsu.edu) with a statement of research interest and pertinent qualifications, CV, and contact information for three references. Please include “graduate studies in fungal phylogenomics” in the subject line. Informal inquiries are also welcome....
By SuperUser Account on 2/3/2016 6:14 AM
I am seeking a motivated and creative PhD student to investigate the ectomycorrhizal ecology of pines in forests recently experiencing mountain pine beetle outbreaks. A background in fungal ecology, plant-fungal interactions, metagenomics, or plant defense chemistry would be an asset, but training is provided. A standard University of Alberta Graduate Assistantship will be offered. Proficiency in spoken and written English is required along with the ability to obtain provincial driving privileges upon arrival. Candidates with a MSc, or the equivalent in experience will be given preference. The position starts in May 2016. Applicants must ensure they satisfy University of Alberta Department of Renewable Resources entrance requirements, available for review at: http://www.rr.ualberta.ca/en/GraduateProgram/AdmissionProcess.aspx Interested candidates are encouraged to email (1) an unofficial transcript (undergraduate and...