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A postdoctoral position is available in the department of Plant Biology, in the School of Integrative Biology, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. PIs Ferrer (aquatic mycologist), Heath (plant and microbe evolution), and Dalling (plant and fungal community ecology) are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on a NSF-funded Dimensions of Biodiversity project aimed at understanding the ecological and genetic controls on fungal community assembly and decomposition function in tropical wood-decomposing aquatic fungi. Both the Heath and Dalling labs are lively, highly-collaborative environments with students and postdocs working on a range of topics in ecology and evolution of plants, bacteria, and fungi.

The duties of the project postdoc will include preparing libraries for metagenomic sequencing of aquatic fungi communities from environmental DNA samples, RNAseq of cultured fungi in response to various environmental treatments, downstream bioinformatic and statistical analyses, and writing manuscripts based on these results.

Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: Molecular biology, (meta)genomics, bioinformatics, statistical analysis, ecology, evolution.

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:
- A strong publication record from their PhD (papers published, in press, or submitted).
- Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field. The position is available for 2 years, with the first year as a probationary period, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits.

Application review will begin May 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, probably August 2014 or later. All materials should be submitted to the PIs below for consideration. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief description of past research accomplishments and future research goals (under two pages), and the names and contact information for three references.

Contact Dr. Katy Heath regarding the position or application process. For further information about the Heath lab, visit the lab webpage accessible at:

Katy Heath
Assistant Professor
Department of Plant Biology
University of Illinois

The University of São Paulo (Department of Botany) and The George Washington University (Computational Biology Institute) seek candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in biodiversity informatics for up to three years. The successful candidate would split time between the two host institutions working on applications of next-gen sequencing approaches to biodiversity science through effective informatics. We seek a candidate with a PhD in bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, biodiversity science, or a related field (or anticipate a PhD by a targeted start date of September 1, 2014). The candidate should have a strong background in bioinformatics, evolutionary methodology, and project management skills. The candidate will work directly with Drs. Lúcia Lohmann (São Paulo), Amy Zanne, and Keith Crandall (Washington DC) and the bioGENESIS working group to provide an evolutionary framework for biodiversity science. Our specific project is to use next-generation DNA sequencing approaches to characterize forest and associated soil communities and their diversity across ecosystems using novel informatic approaches. Interested candidates should send their CV and letter of interest by April 22, 2014 to For questions concerning this opportunity, please contact Lúcia Lohmann, Amy Zanne or Keith Crandall

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources – University of Georgia

POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a 12-month, tenure-track, 65% research, 35% teaching appointment offered at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position reports directly to the Dean of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (Warnell School). The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active research program based on extramural funding. Individuals with experience in fungal pathogens, introduced pathogens, genomic and genetic approaches, and field diagnosis and management of forest diseases are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to teach dendrology and co-teach forest health and protection courses at the undergraduate level, and to develop a graduate level course in their area of expertise. The successful candidate also is expected to help further develop the Warnell School’s Forest Biology program, advise/mentor undergraduate professional students, serve on Senior Project/Thesis advisory committees, direct/mentor graduate students, serve on School/University committees, and actively participate in professional /scientific societies.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, at least one degree in forestry, natural resources, or a related field, and doctoral or post-doctoral work in forest pathology or plant pathology. Evidence of research productivity and the potential to attract external research funding is required. The person must also demonstrate an ability and willingness to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and be able to successfully mentor students.

THE STATE & UNIVERSITY: Georgia is well-known for its quality of life, both in terms of outdoor and urban activities ( The University of Georgia ( is a land/sea grant institution comprised of 16 schools and colleges, and is located <90 miles from Atlanta. Enrollment is about 35,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The Warnell School is a professional school with 57 faculty, 350 undergraduates, and 180 graduate students ( The School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the areas of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism, and Water and Soil Resources. The School has a 740 acre (300 hectare) forest <10 minutes from campus and 23,000 acres (9,200 hectares) of forestland across the state for teaching and research. A research group from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station ( is also located on campus.

APPLICATION: To ensure full consideration, candidates must submit a single PDF file including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, unofficial transcripts of all college-level work, copies of up to three recent publications, and contact information for 3 references by April 30, 2014. Individuals selected for our short list will be required to submit official college transcripts and 3 letters of reference. University policy requires all candidates to consent to a background investigation ( Finalists will be required to provide a signed consent form authorizing the University to conduct a background check. The background investigation will be conducted on a post offer/pre-employment basis. The starting date is negotiable, but August 1, 2014 is preferred. Send applications electronically as a single PDF file to: Dr. Robert Teskey, Chair, Forest Pathology Search Committee, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602;

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Postdoctoral researcher: fungal ecology and comparative genomics
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Position description:
A new collaborative project at the intersection of fungal ecology and comparative genomics is looking to hire postdoctoral researchers. This NSF-funded research program is a collaboration between the University of Michigan (Tim James lab: and the Joint Genome Institute (Igor Grigoriev lab: The project will specifically investigate the biodiversity, ecology, and genomics of the ubiquitous but uncultured fungal phylum known as Cryptomycota. Primary responsibilities may include collection and processing of field samples (including water, invertebrates, protozoa), quantitating and cataloging Cryptomycota diversity using molecular methods, isolation and microscopy of parasites, single cell genome sequencing, and bioinformatics including assembly and annotation, and training and mentoring of undergraduate students.

Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. in mycology, genomics, microbial ecology or related fields. The ideal candidate will have existing skills in two or more of the following: ecological analysis of next-generation sequence data, microscopy and dissection techniques, molecular biology, quantitative and standard PCR, phylogenetics, and comparative genomics. The initial appointments are for 1 year, with an opportunity for renewal for a second year. The positions are available immediately and will remain open until filled.

To apply:
Interested applicants should send a PDF with CV, a cover letter stating research interests and qualifications, and contact information for three references to Informal inquiries are welcome.

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer. The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan harbors multiple labs with a focus on evolutionary genetics (

Timothy Y. James
Assistant Professor & Curator of Fungi
Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Postdoctoral Position: Comparative and Population Genomics of Symbiotic and Pathogenic Fungi
Dept. of Biology
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

Please see the attached advertisement.

Assistant or Associate Professor, Mycology
Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Please see the attached ad for further details.

ATCC is a private, nonprofit biological resource center (BRC) and research organization whose mission focuses on the acquisition, authentication, production, preservation, development and distribution of standard reference microorganisms, cell lines and other materials for research in the life sciences. We are currently seeking a qualified Scientist – Mycology with the following experience and credentials.

Requirements: Doctoral degree in Microbiology and Immunology, Medical Mycology or closely related field required, with up to 5 years post graduate experience. Ph.D. level scientist in mycology is needed in support of the NIAID BEI Resources program. Research program areas of interest should have an emphasis on fungal or yeast pathogens of relevance to human health including, for example, Histoplasma, Cryptococcus, Coccidioides, Candida, Aspergillus, Blastomyces, Encephalitozoon, or Sporothrix spp. Responsibilities include enhancing diversity of collections holdings, development of assays for authentication of target organisms, and development of novel reagents supporting NIAID and ATCC initiatives. Candidates are expected to possess strong molecular skills and be experienced with culture of fungal pathogens. Candidates with supervisory experience, hands-on experience for multiple pathogens and initiative to work in biocontainment up to BSL3+ are especially encouraged to apply.

Location: Manassas, VA, USA

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Post-Doctoral Fellow/Research Associate in Phylogenetics/Molecular Diagnosis

The main objective of this joint project between the Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) is to survey and identify high-risk pathogens threatening the PA agriculture using both the molecular and conventional diagnostic tools. Main target pathogens are Phytophthora species, but additional pathogens may be included. Experience in phylogenetics and molecular diagnosis is highly desirable but not essential. The candidate will work at PDA (Harrisburg, PA), which is located about 1.5 hours away from Penn State. Main responsibilities include: (a) identifying Phytophthora isolates/species via sequencing and phylogenetic analysis, (b) assisting researchers at PDA in conducting real-time PCR-based detection of P. ramorum in stream samples and plant materials from local surveys; and (c) developing molecular diagnostic tools for selected pathogens.

This appointment could be extended beyond one year, depending on successful performance and fund availability. Salary will commensurate with experience. Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining relevant educational and research experiences, CV and contact information for three referees via e-mail to Dr. Seogchan Kang, Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802;

Post-doctoral opportunities in microbial ecology and evolution
University of Minnesota

Two to three post-doctoral associates in the ecology and evolution of plant-associated microbes. Please see the attached advertisement for details.

Assistant Professor, Mycology
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Auburn University, Alabama

Please see the advertisement for application details:

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