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Postdoctoral Position Available - Fungal Ecology and Adaptation: Bushley and Malvick labs, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

Jul 17

Written by: SuperUser Account
7/17/2017 12:26 PM 

A postdoctoral research position is available at the University of Minnesota to investigate the invasive ecology and adaptation 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. The studies will include experimental bioassays to assess variation in selected phenotypic traits across a panel of isolates from a broad geographical distribution of the fungus combined with next-generation sequencing and genome-wide association mapping to identify genetic loci associated with variation for key traits or demonstrating evidence of adaptive evolution. The project also aims to investigate the role of secondary metabolites in the ability of this pathogen to establish and compete in soil microbial communities. This position is part of a larger project funded through the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center at the University of Minnesota that will also study the distribution of this pathogen across Minnesota and develop species distribution models to assess risks of further spread under global climate change. The overall goals of the project are to understand the roles of both biotic and abiotic factors contributing to the spread and invasiveness of a fungal pathogen under different climate scenarios.

This will be a joint position between the Malvick Lab (plpa.cfans.umn.edu/people/faculty/dean-malvick) in the Dept. of Plant Pathology) and the Bushley lab (www.cbs.umn.edu/plantbio/faculty/kathrynbushley) in the Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology. The University of Minnesota is a diverse, interdisciplinary, and stimulating research environment that values ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity. The University of Minnesota is home to a vibrant community of researchers with strong expertise in mycology, genetics, plant pathology, ecology, and host-microbe interactions. Research will also utilize computational resources at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (https://www.msi.umn.edu/) for high-throughput analysis of genomic data.

Minimum requirements:
A Ph.D. in plant pathology, mycology, molecular biology and genetics, ecology, or a related field. Previous laboratory experience working with fungi and generating and analyzing next-generation sequencing data is highly desirable. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with an opportunity for renewal. Funding is available for at least two years. Salary is competitive and position will include health benefits. The start date is flexible, preferably before October 31, 2017.

To apply: Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Kathryn Bushley (kbushley@umn.edu) or Dr. Dean Malvick (dmalvick@umn.edu). Informal inquiries are welcome. Review of applicants will begin on August 18th until the position if filled. Applicants must apply through the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ (JOBID #318449).

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