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Postdoctoral Position in Fungal Evolutionary Biology NCAUR-ARS-USDA, Peoria, Illinois

May 25

Written by: SuperUser Account
5/25/2018 7:21 AM 

We are searching for a highly-motivated postdoctoral associate with strong molecular and/or bioinformatic research experience with fungi or other microorganisms who can effectively utilize existing and incoming genome datasets to develop sequence-based classification tools for Fusarium, and to make inferences about evolutionary patterns and processes in this agriculturally important fungal genus. This position is part of the NSF-funded project “A Phylogenetic Revisionary Monograph of the Genus Fusarium” with colleagues at The Pennsylvania State University. Scientists in the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology (MPM) Research Unit at the USDA in Peoria have an outstanding record of discovery and publication regarding Fusarium biology, chemistry and evolution, and over 20,000 Fusarium cultures are available. Current Fusarium research projects in the MPM Research Unit include phylogenomics of the genus, population genomics of key Fusarium pathogens and toxin producers, and the evolutionary dynamics of secondary metabolite gene clusters. Thus, opportunities exist for the postdoc to engage in these and other areas of interest. MPM scientists have generated genome datasets for more than 500 phylogenetically diverse Fusarium isolates and additional datasets will be developed for all known Fusarium species during this project. It will provide the postdoctoral associate with the opportunity to develop high-impact bioinformatics resources, and to utilize outstanding data resources for addressing key questions in fungal trait evolution. The postdoc will be working both with MPM scientists and an international community of PIs, Senior Personnel and project participants. They will participate in all phases of the project from design to publication.

Preferred Qualifications:
The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Biology or related field by appointment start date, be proficient in both written and oral English, and have experience in genome analyses and/or an excellent background in evolutionary biology.

The anticipated start date is flexible, and could be as early as July 2018. This full-time position is funded for 3 years with annual renewal contingent on satisfactory performance.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary and benefits are excellent, and because the position will be managed through the Oak Ridge Institute for Scientific Education (ORISE), it is open to both US and non-US citizens.

To Apply:
Interested individuals should email a single PDF to Kerry O’Donnell (kerry.odonnell@ars.usda.gov) that includes: (1) a cover letter with a short description of why you are interested in and qualified for the position, (2) a current CV that includes a list of peer-reviewed publications, and (3) names and contact information for three references. This position will remain open until filled.


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