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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

The Forest Entomology and Symbiology team at the University of Florida is seeking TWO POSTDOCS:

Postdoc 1: FUNGAL TAXONOMY. – Discover and describe lots of new fungal symbionts of insects using culturing, multi-marker genotyping, and imaging technology of your choice.

Postdoc 2: FUNGAL METAGENOMICS. – Characterize communities of fungal symbionts inside beetles using high-throughput shotgun sequencing of fungal ribosomal RNA.

Our team studies the symbiosis between wood boring insects and fungi (www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org). Our projects range from fundamental research on coevolution to management of invasive pests in the world’s forests. Our team is young, growing, and heavily multidisciplinary – join us! Both postdocs will also collaborate with the UF Mycological Herbarium, the UF Forest Pathology lab, and the UF Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research.

Apply by email to hulcr@ufl.edu with the subject header “Symbiosis postdoc 2014”, and specify which project you are interested in. Please submit your CV (include evidence of ability to get projects finished and papers written) and contacts to three most recent supervisors.

Start: any time during the Fall of 2014.
Application deadline: July 20, 2014

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching broadly at the assistant professor level for a researcher who studies the ecology or epidemiology of plant-associated microbes through the use of emerging and novel quantitative methods. Areas of focus could include, but are not limited to: role of plant pathogens in the ecology of agricultural or natural systems; ecology of plant-associated microbes; population genetics of plant pathogens; metapopulation and dispersal dynamics; or the influence of landscapes and the physical environment on host-pathogen dynamics. We expect the incumbent to develop a research program with both empirical and theoretical components that form a bridge between basic and applied research. Further, we expect the incumbent to collaborate with colleagues in other programs such as plant biology, microbiology, ecology, modeling and related disciplines. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop a vigorous extramurally funded research program and to teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. The position carries a 70% research / 30% teaching distribution of effort, and a 9-month appointment. Teaching responsibilities include leading a graduate level course in ecology, epidemiology and control of plant diseases. Requirements include: a Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, ecology, botany, or related discipline; a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of plant pathology and relevant research experience; effective oral and written communication skills; and a positive attitude for teamwork, including the ability to lead and motivate others. The University of Wisconsin attracts excellent graduate students and offers high-quality research and teaching facilities. Many opportunities exist on the campus for collaboration across a broad array of disciplines. Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is a picturesque and progressive city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment. To apply, compile the following into a single pdf file: cover letter, statements of teaching and research interests, and curriculum vitae, and submit to: ecoepisearch@plantpath.wisc.edu. Arrange to have copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference emailed to the same address. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Professor Murray Clayton, mkc@plantpath.wisc.edu. Applications received by September 1, 2014 will be assured full consideration; review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For additional information about the University of Wisconsin, the department, and Madison, please see the links at www.plantpath.wisc.edu.

Research Assistant
Lowbush Blueberry Disease Program
School of Biology and Ecology

The research program for plant disease on lowbush blueberry is looking for a Research Assistant to conduct and support lowbush blueberry research in the lab and in the field. Tasks include implementing and documenting results of laboratory, field and greenhouse experiments. Research involves treatment application, and data collection, tabulation, analysis and summary.

Typically has the education associated with a B.S. or B.A. degree in a related area of science required. MS degree or equivalent experience preferred. Knowledge of and ability to apply experimental and registered pesticides is required; Certification as a Commercial Pesticide Applicators License for category 10 1B is required within 6 months of hire. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are required. Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative and manage multiple tasks and deadlines are required. Successful supervisory experience is preferred. The position requires the ability to travel and a valid driver’s license. Ability to collect research samples in field conditions under sometimes adverse weather conditions and sometimes alone. Ability to lift up to 30lbs and carry it up to 200ft. This is a 12 month position, contingent on grant funding with a salary range of $30,170 – $33,500 depending upon qualifications and skills. Review of applications to begin on June 1st, 2014. The full job description can be found at http://jobs.umaine.edu/. Appropriate background checks are required. University of Maine is an EO/AA employer.

If you are interested in being part of our team, please apply with a letter of application and your resume at https://umaine.hiretouch.com/. You will need to create a profile and application. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Screening of applications will begin June 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Position – Fungal Gene Manipulation and Secondary Metabolites

University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Position description:
A postdoctoral position focused on the activation of dormant genes for the production of secondary metabolites in fungi as anti-cancer compounds is available in the Cao lab. This project will use genetic approaches (e.g., modulation of global regulators, manipulation of regulation factors, and promoter exchange etc.) to investigate the gene regulation in model organisms (e.g., S. cerevisiae, Aspergillus, Fusarium, Penicillium spp. etc.) for fungal secondary metabolites. The methodologies will be applied to study endophytic and marine fungi collected in Hawaii; and mutant strains with specific differences in metabolite expression will be investigated for novel anti-cancer agents.

Minimum requirements:
Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in Molecular Biology with a specialization in mycology, fungal genetic, genomics, or related fields. Ability to activate the silent genes of endophytic and marine fungi using innovative genetic approaches for the production of novel natural products for their anti-cancer activity. Additional experience in sequencing and analysis of next-generation sequence data, bioinformatics and comparative genomics, HPLC, Mass Spectrometry, and NMR etc. Strong publication record; independence and creativity; very good written and oral communication skills. The initial appointment is for 1 year. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, availability of funds, satisfactory work performance, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. Start date is flexible.

To apply:
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Shugeng Cao (scao@hawaii.edu) and include a CV, a cover letter stating research interests and qualification, and contact information for three references. Screening of applicants will begin June 01, 2014 until a suitable candidate is found.

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