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Postdoc Position in Fungal Evolutionary Genomics, USDA-ARS, Peoria, Illinois

Jun 1

Written by: SuperUser Account
6/1/2018 2:55 PM 


We are searching for a highly-motivated postdoctoral associate with strong molecular and computational biology research experience to conduct research aimed at understanding the diversity, global population structure, and evolutionary dynamics of Fusarium head blight (FHB) pathogens. We are also pursuing research to understand the biological significance of population-specific differences in gene content and the role of genetic variation at loci that have experienced population-specific diversification. Additional projects could focus on the evolution of genomic diversity among species within the Fusarium graminearum species complex and evaluation of biological implications. We have generated genome sequence data for several hundred Fusarium isolates, providing an opportunity for rapid advancement of this research. Scientists in the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology (MPM) Research Unit at the USDA-ARS in Peoria have an outstanding record of discovery and publication regarding Fusarium biology, chemistry, and evolution. Thus, opportunities exist for the postdoc to engage in these and other areas of interest.

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 evolutionary genomic analyses. U.S. citizenship is required.


This full-time position is funded for 1 year with the possibility for annual renewal up to 4 years.

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary is at the GS11-1 level, which is currently $61,218 + benefits.

To Apply:

Please email a single PDF to Todd Ward 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. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately.


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