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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Structural Biology
Microbiology and Cell Science Department
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, USA

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing Assistant/Associate Professor position that will be 25% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 55% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% service to the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR). Duties will include the development of externally funded research in structural biology, teach a course called “Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function” every spring semester, mentor and train graduate students. Duties also include serving as the faculty director of the Electron Microscopy Core for ICBR, and actively engaging the Center’s program of science development and support. The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education and seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her research program. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Qualifications
A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Structural Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, or a closely related discipline is required. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, laboratory leadership and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS and ICBR core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Additional information and instructions on how to submit an application are available at http://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/57034.

Postdoctoral Position in Evolution of Plant Penetration by Fungal Pathogens.

Postdoctoral position available in the laboratory of Dr. Frances Trail at Michigan State University, Department of Plant Biology. The project is in collaboration with Dr. Jeffrey Townsend, Yale University. Spore germination is the first crucial step towards establishment of most fungi in a new environment. Comparative transcriptomics will be used to understand conidial germination and plant penetration in six fungal species with differences in genetic programming. The process will be studied in two fungal Classes across discrete stages of conidial germination. Functional characterization will be performed on genes in a subset of species. The results will be used to identify genes important to host-pathogen interactions.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. with experience in fungal molecular biology and/or fungal genomics. In addition, good communication skills are essential to the project. Funding for up to three years, pending adequate progress. Position will become available Dec 1, 2014, but starting date is negotiable.

Please submit a current C.V., letter of introduction and contact information for three references to Prof. Frances Trail, trail@msu.edu.

Microbiologist, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (TENURE-TRACK)

Position Summary:
The Department of Biology at California State University, Fresno is seeking a broadly trained microbiologist who will be expected to teach, on a rotational basis, an upper division majors/service course in Microbiology, and an undergraduate and graduate course in the candidate’s area of specialty. Other teaching responsibilities may include one or more courses in Microbial Genetics, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Virology and/or Immunology but will depend on candidate’s expertise and departmental needs. Participation in the Professional Science Master’s Degree Program in Biotechnology is highly desirable. The successful candidate is expected to develop a research program in a current area of microbiology, e.g. microbial ecology, involving undergraduate and Master’s level graduate students, and pursue external funding necessary to maintain a successful research effort. The successful candidate may establish interdisciplinary collaborations within the College of Science and Mathematics or with faculty from the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and will have access to NSF and NIH funded instrumentation and the forthcoming Jordan Research Center. Learning outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. Faculty members are also expected to engage in service activities at all levels of the university and provide academic and professional advice to students.

Overview:
The Department of Biology consists of excellent teachers with active, externally-funded research programs. They are dedicated to providing students with cutting edge experiences in their areas of expertise. The department includes 16 full-time faculty with research strengths in physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology, molecular genetics, cellular and developmental biology, and microbiology, with whom the successful candidate can collaborate. Additionally, the medical education satellite program of the University of California, San Francisco, located in Fresno, as well as the USDA’s San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center, located in Parlier, offer good opportunities for further collaboration in medical microbiology and agricultural microbiology, respectively.

Required Education:
An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Microbiology or closely-related disciplines from an accredited institution (or equivalent).

Required Experience:
1) Evidence of publications in scholarly journals,
2) Demonstration of grant writing and/or scholarly activity at the university level, and;
3) Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:
1) Successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level,
2) Productive postdoctoral research or experience,
3) A publication record that is commensurate with the candidate’s experience,
4) Experience obtaining extramural grants and contracts for research.

Application Procedures:
Review of applications will begin on Monday November 3, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, applicants must complete an on-line application at jobs.fresnostate.edu and attach the following: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of current and future research, 4) a statement of teaching philosophy, 5) a list of at least three professional references. Finalists will be required to submit 1) three current letters of recommendation and 2) official transcripts. For inquiries contact Dr. Jason A. Bush, Search Committee Chair; California State University, Fresno; College of Science and Mathematics; Department of Biology; 2555 E. San Ramon Ave, M/S SB73, Fresno, CA 93740-8034. Email: jbush@csufresno.edu. Phone: (559) 278-2068; Fax: (559) 278-7922. http://jobs.fresnostate.edu/

Assistant Farm Manager and Mycologist

Start Date: November 2014

About Sparta Imperial Mushrooms:

Sparta Imperial Mushrooms is a certified organic farm that began production in late 2012 and currently produces 300 to 400 pounds of mushrooms each week. Mushrooms currently under production include shiitake, lion’s mane, and oyster. We sell at farmers markets in Atlanta, and have distribution to restaurants and grocery stores in Atlanta.

Responsibilities:

- Loading sawdust into the soil mixer with a tractor
- Mixing and bagging of substrates
- Inoculation of sterilized substrates
- Making spawn and maintaining cultures
- Moving substrates to the grow house for fruiting
- Clearing of substrates from grow house and cleaning of grow house
- Harvesting and packing of mushrooms
- Selling at farmers markets and making deliveries
- Input of production records online
- Leading tours of the mushroom farm
- Communicate with chefs and buyers to take orders

Opportunities:

- Design and develop low input seasonal outdoor production systems
- Develop new cultivars based on research and market opportunities
- Preferred Qualifications:
- Interest in mycology and sustainable agriculture
- Lab experience
- Valid drivers licence
- Positive attitude and ability to interact with customers

To Apply:
Send cover letter, resume, references and dates of availability to scurrey@spartamushrooms.com

EEB Associate Professor Search – Announcement

Field Botany/Herbarium Director

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Field Botany at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Teaching duties may include an undergraduate field botany course each year and a graduate course in the applicant’s area of specialty every other year. A major responsibility of this position is supervision and further development of the superb UT herbarium facility (http://tenn.bio.utk.edu/). Successful applicants will have a doctoral degree in a relevant area, experience in herbarium curation, and demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate broadly in research and teaching. Postdoctoral or faculty experience is preferred, and applicants will be expected to develop an externally funded and internationally recognized research program. Knoxville is situated near exciting biodiversity hotspots: the Southern Blue Ridge and Cumberland Plateau. The EEB faculty is very interactive and interdisciplinary, with strengths in conservation biology and biodiversity science. EEB has strong ties with NIMBioS, Oak Ridge National Lab, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, providing unique opportunities for outreach, field work, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching goals, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: HerbariumSearch@utk.edu. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 31, 2014 and will continue until filled, with a position start date of August 2015. For more information visit http://eeb.bio.utk.edu.

The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a faculty-friendly culture through numerous policies (http://provost.utk.edu/2010/08/becoming-more-%C2%91faculty-friendly%C2%92/) and is an ‘Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title VI/TitleIX/Section 504/Americans with Disabilities Act/Age Discrimination in Employment Act’ institution in the provision of its Education and Employment programs and services.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

EEB Ecology Search Fall 2014 – Position Announcement

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology seeks an outstanding scholar to fill a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. We invite applications from individuals with research interests in any area of ecology that complements the broad range of existing research strengths within our Department. We welcome applicants who can use the wealth of nearby field resources (Great Smoky Mountains National Park, nearby national forests and natural areas), our research and teaching field station in Gatlinburg TN, new greenhouse facilities and extensive biodiversity collections or could collaborate with scientists at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory. We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and particularly invite candidates who will strengthen our diversity and educational mission. Expectations for a successful candidate include an exceptional record of scientific accomplishment, with evidence of an ability to develop a productive, externally-funded research program, a demonstrated ability to mentor students from diverse backgrounds, excellent communication skills and application of effective teaching strategies.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, statement of research accomplishment and plans, a description of teaching experiences and interests and the names and contact information of at least three individuals who could write letters of reference to EcologySearch@utk.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 31, 2014 and will continue until filled, with a position start date of August 2015.

The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a faculty-friendly culture through numerous policies (http://provost.utk.edu/2010/08/becoming-more-%C2%91faculty-friendly%C2%92/) and is an ‘Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title VI/TitleIX/Section 504/Americans with Disabilities Act/Age Discrimination in Employment Act’ institution in the provision of its Education and Employment programs and services.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Postdoctoral Positions: Microbial Ecology, Symbiosis, and Drug Discovery.

Two post-doctoral positions available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the laboratory of Dr. Cameron Currie. We are currently studying the role of small molecules in mediating symbiotic associations and the potential application of these compounds as drug leads.

Drug Discovery and Bioinformatics – One position will focus on using next-generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics to help discover novel natural products. Specifically, the applicant will be expected to help facilitate the discovery of novel compounds through more rapid identification of strains with high secondary metabolite potential and explore the evolution of secondary metabolite biosynthesis across symbiotic microbes.

Microbial Symbiosis – One position will focus on exploring the symbiosis between antibiotic-producing bacteria and fungus-growing ants using diverse approaches, including genome sequencing, RNA-Seq, imaging mass spectrometry, secondary metabolite biosynthesis, and in vivo experimental manipulations.

Candidates should have a PhD with a background and interests in microbial genetics, genomics, microbiology, evolutionary biology, and/or ecology (or anticipation of completion of PhD by fall 2015). Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to work well within a highly collaborative and interactive environment. Support for these two positions comes from 2 recently funded 5-year NIH U19 center grants. Each position provides an opportunity to integrate field research in Brazil. Start date negotiable.

Please submit a letter briefly summarizing research interests and experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to currielab_postdoc@bact.wisc.edu.

Washington State University – Full-time, 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Plant Pathologist and Extension Plant Pathologist.

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS) seeks an outstanding scientist to initiate and conduct innovative research and extension programs on the epidemiology and management of fungal and bacterial diseases of commercially-produced tree fruits in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. The position is focused primarily on research, with expectation to co-teach a graduate level seminar. Particular emphasis is on addressing the linkage of pre-harvest epidemiology of diseases in orchards with post-harvest disease problems.

The position is located at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC), located in Wenatchee, Washington at the center of the premier tree fruit production area of North America. The tenure unit for this position is the WSU Department of Plant Pathology. The successful candidate will report to the Chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and the Director of the TFREC. Information about the Department of Plant Pathology can be found at http://plantpath.wsu.edu. Information about the TFREC can be found at http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu.

Required: An earned doctorate degree in plant pathology or related field at the time of hire. Evidence of research productivity commensurate with career level. Evidence of ability to develop an original research program addressing the biology and management of plant diseases. Evidence of ability to develop an effective extension program. Evidence of excellent oral, written, and electronic communication skills. Ability to advise graduate students. Highly Desired: Demonstrated ability to do field research. Demonstrated familiarity with both traditional laboratory and molecular methods for the study of plant pathogens. Evidence of ability to communicate with and interact effectively with stakeholder constituencies including producer associations, agribusinesses, and others. Evidence of success in obtaining external funding in the form of competitive grants, gifts and in-kind resources to support programs. Application materials must include: a letter specifically addressing each required and preferred qualification, curriculum vitae, a separate statement of research Interests, a list of three (3) professional references (include names, addresses, e-mails and telephone numbers), and a scanned photocopy of official transcripts to facilitate screening. For a complete position description listing all qualifications and application process, visit: www.wsujobs.com. Screening: October 1, 2014. EEO/AA/ADA.

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

Assistant Professor
Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi
Oregon State University

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (http://bpp.oregonstate.edu/) seeks applicants for a 9-month, full-time (1.0 FTE), tenure-track faculty position in Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative and competitive research program that pursues scholarly work in the area of Evolutionary Ecology. The research specialization within evolutionary ecology is open and includes, but is not limited to: plants, fungi, or plant-fungal interactions (e.g., mycorrhizae, endophytes, pathogens, etc.). Emphasis is placed on research that integrates across multiple levels of inquiry and combines field, experimental, laboratory and/or computational approaches, and is relevant to natural resources and/or agriculture.

The candidate will also contribute to undergraduate and graduate education in introductory courses and/or in area of expertise; mentor and serve as research advisor to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in their advanced degree programs in Botany and Plant Pathology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Environmental Science or related programs; and act as advisor and research mentor to undergraduate students.

Required qualifications include a PhD with research experience relevant to Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi, and a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Other preferred qualifications include potential for developing an interdisciplinary research program and effective teaching.

To review the position description and apply, go to posting #0012761 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. OSU is an AA/EOE. For full consideration, apply by 09/15/14 when review of applications will begin. Closing date is 10/15/14

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