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Postdoctoral Position in Ectomycorrhizal Ecology, Biogeography, and Community Structure

Jul 23

Written by: SuperUser Account
7/23/2014 10:17 AM 

The Smith Lab in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher for Fall 2014 to work on a recently funded NSF proposal “Symbiotic ectomycorrhizal fungi in southern South America – macroecology and evolutionary history from community to landscape scale.” This is a 1-year position with the possibility of extension for up to 3 years. Project: This project will document the biodiversity and biogeography of ectomycorrhizal fungi in southern South America, with a focus on native trees in the genera Nothofagus and Salix. This work will use a combination of environmental DNA sequencing and specimen-based sampling to explore the effects of environmental factors (such as soil pH, host plant density, and host diversity) on diversity and community structure of ectomycorrhizal fungi. Phylogenetic methods will also be used to explore the evolutionary history of fungi from southern South America (in collaboration with Dr. Brandon Matheny at the University of Tennessee). Depending on the candidate, there may be opportunities for additional studies involving community ecology, fungal-animal interactions, and/or systematics of ectomycorrhizal fungi. This work will involve extensive travel and fieldwork in Chile and Argentina with subsequent laboratory studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a PhD in ecology, microbiology, plant pathology, or related field and also extensive experience studying the ecology, evolution, and/or systematics of fungi. The candidate must show evidence of strong organizational skills, the ability to complete research projects, and excellent written and spoken English language abilities. This position will involve both field and laboratory research. The candidate must have relevant molecular and computer skills and must also be able to independently conduct field studies. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a car. Spanish language experience and/or experience with traveling and working in Latin America is preferred. To apply send 1. your curriculum vitae 2. a short statement detailing your interest in the position and relevant experiences 3. contact information for two references to Dr. Matthew E. Smith at trufflesmith@ufl.edu Application Deadline: 1 September 2014 or until the position is filled

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