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MSA Studentships postings
By SuperUser Account on 11/23/2015 9:17 AM
PhD opportunity to study fungal foliar endophytes of Vanuatu at the University of Hawaii The Amend lab at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is recruiting a PhD student to research plant fungal interactions as part of a NSF-funded collaboration. The student will collaborate with a broad consortium of researchers to examine the fungal, botanical and linguistic diversity of Tafea province, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. This will be the first systematic survey of this oceanic, tropical, biodiversity hotspot. The student will be responsible principally for documenting the endophytic fungi of native host plants using cultivation and high-throughput DNA-sequencing techniques. This will involve long stretches in the field under uncomfortable, remote and staggeringly beautiful conditions. The student will have the opportunity to develop research questions consistent with lab interests in microbial community ecology, biogeography and evolution. The student will enroll in the Department of Botany http://www.botany.hawaii.edu,...
By SuperUser Account on 11/16/2015 5:57 PM
Seeking multiple graduate students in fungi-plant interactions at the University of Alberta The research programs of Nadir Erbilgin, Justine Karst, James Cahill (University of Alberta), Suzanne Simard (University of British Columbia), and Jonathan Cale are seeking motivated and collaborative students (3 PhD, 1 MSc) to work on a project investigating questions focused on the roles of soil fungal communities in modulating boreal forest resistance and resilience to biotic and abiotic disturbances. This project seeks to expand our recent findings demonstrating the effects of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on below- and above-ground processes, including decline of mycorrhizal fungi and pine resistance following forest mortality in western Canada (New Phytol (2015) 208: 904-914; Plant & Soil (2015). 390: 29-47; PLOS One (2015) 10 (4): e0124691). All students will be co-supervised by at least two investigators and the others will be in the students’ theses committees. While student projects will use a subset of these,...
By SuperUser Account on 10/4/2015 3:02 PM
Expression of interest is invited for a full-time, four-year PhD research position to be funded under SFI-SIRG research scheme. Title: Production of Pharmaceutical Biomolecules from Filamentous Fungi Background Fungi are one of the most important groups of organisms on the planet. They provide fundamental products such as food, enzymes and medicines for biotechnological innovations. This proposed work is committed to the exploitation of native fungal candidates for novel biomolecules including biomedically relevant enzymes and proteins for potential industrial applications. This work will aim to mine the potential of fungal candidates for product development and subsequently characterizing these products for fundamental research and biotechnological applications. Thus, innovative and environmentally compatible and highly specific molecules will be identified. Requirements Applicants should have a good primary degree (First or Second Class Honours) or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline in biological sciences/biotechnology/mycology/microbiology. The successful candidate should have interest in fungal biotechnology, bioinformatics, molecular biology approaches, metabolite screening and mass spectrometry. The candidate should be highly motivated....
By SuperUser Account on 9/23/2015 2:08 PM
The Walker Lab at Tennessee Tech University is currently seeking applications for MSc students to advance research on a project focused on bacterial and fungal interactions with reptiles and amphibians. Our lab group uses next-generation sequencing and culture dependent approaches to study host-microbe associations of the herpetofauna microbiome. Emerging infectious fungal pathogens are threatening reptiles and amphibians world-wide; therefore, we are interested in answering broad questions centered on the importance of the host microbiome in species conservation. The southeastern United States is a global ‘hotspot’ for amphibian biodiversity and serves as a foundation for our field studies. MSc students will be expected to develop an independent research project in the beautiful southeastern US studying microbial symbionts and pathogens of reptiles or amphibians. Research will draw evidence from diverse fields such as genomics, fieldwork, molecular systematics and pathology. Prior experience or training...
By SuperUser Account on 8/25/2015 9:51 AM
The Gibbons lab (https://wordpress.clarku.edu/jgibbons/) in the Biology Department at Clark University is accepting applications for PhD students to start in August 2016. The overarching research theme of our lab is to understand how evolutionary forces shape the genome and how these changes influence phenotype. Our lab uses an evolutionary genomics lens to broadly study (1) fungal domestication, and (2) fungal copy number variation. To gain a comprehensive understanding of these topics, we heavily utilize whole genome next generation sequencing data to characterize patterns of genomic variation. Additionally, we pair comparative and population genomic analyses with functional experiments spanning the realms of transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Applicants interested in fungal biology will also have opportunities to interact and collaborate with the Hibbett lab (http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/dhibbett/)....
By SuperUser Account on 8/12/2015 2:47 AM
We are currently seeking applications for 2 PhD students -- one to be based at The University of Colorado, and one to be based at The New York Botanical Garden -- to advance research on a recently funded project on biodiversity gradients in a global lichen diversity hotspot: the Southern Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America. The PhD students will be expected to develop an independent research project pertinent to the theme of lichen biodiversity gradients in the southern Appalachians. This research will draw evidence from diverse fields such as genomics, fieldwork, and systematic biology including: -intensive field study and biodiversity inventory -molecular systematics, taxonomy, phylogenomics -biodiversity gradients, biogeography, endemism -large scale genome assemblies for algal and fungal symbiotic partners -outreach and conservation Prior experience or training in lichenology or mycology are preferred. The PhD position is to be begin in the fall of 2016 (refer to our respective websites...
By SuperUser Account on 6/8/2015 2:27 AM
The Hynson lab at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Department of Botany is currently recruiting highly motivated, enthusiastic, and well-qualified graduate students for Fall 2016 enrollment. In particular, I am seeking students interested in the ecology and evolution of terrestrial orchid mycorrhizae. However, students with strong backgrounds in fungal biology, ecology and/or evolution that are interested in systems other than orchid mycorrhizae will also be considered. I am primarily seeking graduate student applicants at the PhD level, but will consider MSc applicants as well. Interested parties should send by email me a copy of their current academic resume or CV, their unofficial transcripts and a brief statement of their research interests for grad school. For more information on the Hynson Lab and how to apply see: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~nhynson/Hynson_Lab/Welcome.html or contact Nicole Hynson at nhynson@hawaii.edu...
By SuperUser Account on 5/10/2015 4:31 PM
Come study fungi in beautiful Nova Scotia!: Graduate Student Position in Coastal Mycology I am currently accepting applications for an MSc student to study coastal fungi of the Bay of Fundy beginning in September 2015. Current funded research projects in my lab include studies of endophytes of intertidal and coastal plants, marine fungi and hydrocarbon degradation, DNA barcoding of Acadia’s E.C. Smith Herbarium fungal collections and the role of fungi in coastal wetland restoration. Applicants for the current opportunity must hold a BSc in an appropriate biological science (e.g., biology, botany, microbiology, plant pathology, marine biology), a GPA of 3.67 in the final 2 years of undergraduate study, and strong spoken and written English language skills. As well, they must meet requirements for admissions as a graduate student to Acadia University. Preference will be given to candidates with field and/or laboratory experience in mycology, including cultivation and characterization of fungi. The current opportunity...
By SuperUser Account on 1/9/2015 11:53 AM
PhD Position in Fungal Metagenomics Graduate student position beginning fall 2015 available at the University of Minnesota to investigate the ecology and bioactivity of nematode parasitic fungi. The Bushley lab in the Department of Plant Biology (http://www.cbs.umn.edu/plantbio/faculty/kathrynbushley) is a diverse, interdisciplinary, and stimulating research environment that values ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity. The project will be co-advised by Dr. Senyu Chen, a nematologist in the Department of Plant Pathology at UM (http://sroc.cfans.umn.edu/People/Faculty/SenyuChen/MissionsResearchActivities/index.htmi.umn.edu/). The University of Minnesota is home to a vibrant academic community with strong expertise in mycology, genetics, host-microbe interactions, and natural products chemistry. The university recently hired...
By SuperUser Account on 12/24/2014 10:43 AM
PhD-student in systematic biology at the Department of Organismal Biology Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication makes Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 41.000 students, 6,500 employees and a turnover of SEK 5,900 million. Project description: The PhD position is part of an externally founded project to investigate the environmental factors that control the production of edible mushrooms in western Africa. Mushrooms are an important part of the diet for many people in West Africa and selling mushrooms give an opportunity of monetary income. Many edible mushrooms are ectomycorrhizal, i.e. form a symbiotic relation with trees, and there are calculations indicating that the potential value of mushroom production is higher than the value of timber production in many forests. The project will...