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Plant Molecular Physiologist

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time probationary (tenure-track) appointment in plant molecular physiology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2015. The ideal candidate will have a strong publication record in the areas of plant, algal or fungal physiology and uses molecular or other powerful, innovative techniques. The successful applicant must hold a PhD and postdoctoral or relevant employment experience. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to establish an active, independent externally funded research program and promote research synergies within the department and across campus. This position includes responsibilities for teaching, research, and service. Teaching experience would be a strong asset; the position entails graduate and undergraduate instruction in introductory biology and higher-level courses in areas appropriate to the candidate’s expertise.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and integrative Biological Sciences department. The department has 38 full-time faculty including a CRC Tier 2 Chair, over 80 graduate students and over 200 Major and Honours students, and enjoys research strengths across the spectrum of biology and its sub-disciplines (www.umanitoba.ca/science/biologicalsciences).

The department is located on the Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, a city with a rich cultural environment and abundant outdoor recreational venues (www.winnipeg.ca). The Faculty of Science offers excellent opportunities for research, collaboration, and teaching in a broad range of biological systems, and access to outstanding resources comprising a comprehensive range of microscopy and imaging, laser-capture microdissection, GC-MS, next-generation sequencing, high-performance computing, culturing and analytical, molecular and cell biology, animal and plant-rearing (greenhouses, and growth and controlled-environment chambers), and biological-collection facilities. A wide variety of additional infrastructure is available across campus.

Applications, in a single pdf file, should include: a covering letter outlining specific interests in the position, a CV, a 2-page research plan with short and long-term goals, a 1-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy, 3 representative publications, and the name and contact information of 3 referees. Applications must be sent electronically by January 20, 2015 to:
Dr. Judy Anderson, Head, Department of Biological Sciences Email: Judy_Anderson@umanitoba.ca

Please refer to Position Number: 18795

The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified applicants including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the “Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act” (Manitoba). Please note that CVs will be provided to participating members of the search committee and department.
For more information on this and other opportunities, please visit: umanitoba.ca/employment

Postdoctoral Position in Phylogenomics of Zygomycetous Fungi

Postdoctoral position available in the laboratory of Dr. Joey Spatafora at Oregon State University, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. This position is part of the NSF-funded, multi-institutional ZyGoLife project. Fungi historically classified as zygomycetes occupy an unresolved part of the Fungal Tree of Life and traditional molecular systematic studies have failed to resolve their evolutionary relationships. ZyGoLife will employ whole genome sequencing and phylogenomic analyses to resolve the genealogy of zygomycetous fungi, incorporate fossil data to calibrate the ZyGoLife tree to geologic time, and identify genomic traits associated with morphology and ecological innovations.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. with experience in mycology, fungal genomics or related field. In addition, good communication skills are essential to the project. Funding for up to three years, pending adequate progress. Position will become available January 1, 2015, but starting date is negotiable.

Please submit a current C.V., letter of introduction and contact information for three references to Prof. Joey Spatafora, joseph.spatafora@oregonstate.edu.

The Department of Biology (www.twu.edu/biology) at Texas Woman’s University (www.twu.edu) invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair, beginning as early as June 2015. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Molecular or Cellular Biology or a closely related discipline, as well as a record of research, external funding, teaching and service appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in a doctoral-level training program. A collaborative leadership style and membership in professional organizations are desirable. The successful candidate will appreciate a multidisciplinary environment and have a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. The Chair will teach in her/his area of specialization and maintain an active research program. The position is a 12-month administrative appointment with responsibilities for overseeing programs leading to the BS in Biology (including a degree with emphasis in Research), the BS in Medical Technology, the MS in Biology, and the Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. The Department has 13 full time faculty, 3 laboratory coordinators and currently has approximately 475 undergraduate, 15 masters, and 35 doctoral students.

Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, copy of graduate transcripts, and statements of administrative philosophy and research agenda via email to Facultyjobs@twu.edu (include position title and job code, 15AS-BIO01, in the subject line). Confidential inquiries may be directed to Dr. Abigail Tilton at atilton@twu.edu.

Assistant Professor-Mycology, Department of Biology

Tenure-track faculty position available August 21, 2015.

Responsibilities: teach undergraduate and graduate courses in majors or nonmajors (allied health science) microbiology, medical mycology, and/or introductory biology; integrate research focus into that of the existing program and advance the research opportunities of undergraduate and graduate students in their area of specialty.

Minimum qualifications: earned doctorate in microbiology by November 1, 2015; demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills; evidence of excellence in teaching and competency in current approaches in area of specialization.

Preferred qualifications: evidence of scholarly activity, such as postdoctoral experience, publications and grantsmanship; established research agenda that complements existing departmental concentrations; demonstrated teaching ability; collaborative potential with existing faculty at Ball State University; mycological research experience.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, documentation of scholarly activity and teaching ability (e.g., student and peer review evaluation summaries), copies of transcripts, and the names and contact information of five persons who can provide professional recommendations upon request. Application materials are to be submitted in Word or PDF format as attachments to an e-mail message sent to:

Dr. Kemuel Badger, Chair
Department of Biology
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
kbadger@bsu.edu

Review of applications will begin immediately.

The university offers an excellent benefits package, including health care and retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, and generous time off with pay.

The Department of Biology seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Ball State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community.

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.

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