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By SuperUser Account on 4/15/2015 9:59 AM
Computercraft seeks a highly motivated individual who will use his or her biological expertise to support RefSeq sequence standards and to contribute functional annotation of both the sequence record and the companion resource, NCBI’s Gene database. The NCBI Reference Sequence (RefSeq) project provides reference sequence standards that are used internationally for genome annotation. RefSeqs provide a stable reference for gene characterization, mutation analysis, expression studies, and polymorphism discovery. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the RefSeq project while using state-of-the art computational tools and databases. Curators work on-site at the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in Bethesda, Maryland. Responsibilities: Evaluate and analyze sequence data from Fungi to provide the most complete and accurate reference sequences to define coding and non-coding transcripts, protein products, and genomic regions Analyze phylogenetic...
By SuperUser Account on 4/8/2015 2:54 PM
Postdoctoral position anticipated 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. The project explores the evolution of phenotypes across related species by examining the evolved changes in gene expression in diverse species. Previously, using comparative transcriptomics, we have identified genes involved in differences in perithecium morphology in Neurospora versus Fusarium species. The majority of genes were involved in generating structures present in only one of the genera, such as the beak in Neurospora and the stroma in Fusarium. The expanded project will explore shifts in regulatory networks that drive evolution of diverse additional morphologies across six genera. 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 is available for three years with adequate...
By SuperUser Account on 4/7/2015 2:54 PM
Applications are invited for a bioinformatics postdoctoral position in ?the research group of Laszlo G Nagy (Synthetic and Systems Biology Unit, Biological Research Center, Szeged, Hungary). We are now looking to hire new people with a background in bioinformatics, phylogenetics or fungal evolution. The lab offers excellent training opportunities in fungal comparative genomics, cutting edge projects, abundant funding, an inspiring atmosphere and extensive collaborator network. The primary focus of the lab is understanding the general principles of convergent evolution and fungal multicellularity through comparative genomics, transcriptomics and single-cell transcriptomics of multicellular fruiting bodies in Basidiomycetes. Fruiting bodies represent some of the most complex morphological structures found in fungi, yet, their developmental and evolutionary origins are hardly known. Complex fruiting bodies have evolved independently several times in the Basidiomycetes, offering an excellent model system to study...
By SuperUser Account on 4/7/2015 2:00 AM
A postdoc position is available in the Amend Lab in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The successful applicant will join a dynamic group of researchers interested in microbial ecology and evolution within the unique Hawaiian archipelago. The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out a study to characterize the factors that determine leaf surface microbial communities on native Hawaiian plants. Leaf fungi are a food source for the federally endangered tree snail, Achatinella mustelina, one of several species within a spectacular adaptive radiation endemic to the island of Oahu. The incumbent will lead a project to assess whether factors such as priority affects or environmental constraints will impact the cultivation of preferred food items in novel snail enclosure locations. Concurrent with this applied objective, opportunities abound for the incumbent to study theoretical research questions such as interactions between plant host-genotype and leaf surface communities,microbial...
By SuperUser Account on 4/2/2015 1:51 PM
Postdoc in fungal ecology, University of Hawaii A postdoc position is available in the Amend Lab in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The successful applicant will join a dynamic group of researchers interested in microbial ecology and evolution within the unique Hawaiian archipelago. The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out a study to characterize the factors that determine leaf surface microbial communities on native Hawaiian plants. Leaf fungi are a food source for the federally endangered tree snail, Achatinella mustelina, one of several species within a spectacular adaptive radiation endemic to the island of Oahu. The incumbent will lead a project to assess whether factors such as priority affects or environmental constraints will impact the cultivation of preferred food items in novel snail enclosure locations. Concurrent with this applied objective, opportunities abound for the incumbent to study theoretical research questions such as interactions between plant host-genotype and leaf surface communities, microbial determinants of herbivory, co-occurrence patterns or other components of biogeography or community assembly processes. Please see “O'Rorke, R., Cobian, G. M., Holland, B. S., Price, M. R., Costello, V., and Amend, A. S. (2015). Dining local: the microbial diet of a snail that grazes microbial communities is geographically structured. Environmental Microbiology” for more information on this system....
By SuperUser Account on 3/17/2015 4:53 AM
Washington State University, Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Wenatchee WA https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/17404 Research Intern, WSU TFREC, Wenatchee, WA (Administrative Professional, FT, and Temporary). The suitable candidate will perform professional-level work in support of the research activities in the field and laboratory, which are directed towards developing both pre-harvest and post-harvest methods for the control of specific apple and pear postharvest pathogens. Position responsibilities include but are not limited to: conducting field experiments located at multiple sites across Washington State, assisting in demonstration of control methods on field days, disease evaluation through standard culture based methods and preferably data analysis. The candidate must have minimum Bachelor of Science related to plant science and plant pathology related topics and a valid unrestricted driver’s license. Candidates with experience in pathogens...
By SuperUser Account on 3/11/2015 6:19 AM
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University is seeking to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Microbiology at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate is expected to focus on teaching, and on the scholarship of teaching and learning, in microbiology. The position involves 80% teaching and 20% research effort. The teaching responsibilities will be a general microbiology course for non-majors, involvement in an accompanying laboratory course, and one or more new courses developed in areas of interest and/or need. These areas may include, but are not restricted to, environmental microbiology, soil microbiology, and plant-microbe or insect-microbe associations. The successful candidate is expected to focus their research program on the scholarship of teaching and learning; those seeking a laboratory research-focused faculty position should not apply. Candidates must have a PhD in Microbiology or a related...
By SuperUser Account on 2/3/2015 6:14 AM
  The 8th International Congress on Mycorrhiza will be held August 3-7, 2015 at Northern Arizona University. The theme this year is "mycorrhizal integration across continents and scales". 

*Information update for ICOM8:    Abstracts for poster and oral sessions will be accepted until May 4, 2015.  Registration information can be found at http://nau.edu/Merriam-Powell/ICOM8/Registration/. Take advantage of reduced rates for early registration until May 1, 2015. A special request for our US colleagues…please register by mail to save processing fees. The fees we save will be used to help fund scholarships for colleagues and students who need financial assistance. Thank you in advance for considering this option!!  Please complete the registration form, attach your check or credit card information and use this mailing address,...
By SuperUser Account on 1/28/2015 1:03 PM
With 2014 in the books, and 2015 well underway, now is a great time to look back at some of the interesting mycology papers published in the past year!  Fungi are an incredibly diverse group of organisms. Check out this study looking at the impacts of different ecosystem parameters on fungal species richness, community composition and biogeography from soil samples on a global scale: Tedersoo et al. 2014. Global diversity and geography of soil fungi. Science. 346(6213). It's typically assumed that ectomycorrhizal symbioses are always beneficial for plant growth. This paper gives a different take on mycorrhizal establishments in boreal forests and the market mechanisms that govern them, providing insight into why we may see inconsistencies in plant benefits from these plant-microbe interactions: Franklin et al. 2014. Forests trapped in nitrogen limitation - an ecological market perspective on ectomycorrhizal symbiosis. New Phytologist. 203(2): 657-666....
By SuperUser Account on 1/20/2015 2:39 AM
A large number of jobs are currently being advertised at RBG Kew with a 1 Feb deadline for applications. For example: Research positions: Early Career Research Fellowship (10 positions available) Senior Research Leader - Plant Health Research Leader - Conservation Genetics Research Leader - Crop Plants Research Leader - Digital Collections Research Leader - Identification and Naming (Americas) Research Leader - Integrated Monography Research Leader - Plant & Fungal Names & eTaxonomy Senior Biodiversity Informatician Biodiversity Informatician Lead Developer - Drupal Technical positions: Senior Science Officer - Policy Imaging/EM Lab Technician Molecular Lab Technician Seed Germination Assistant Digital Collections Assistant Lab-based Collections Assistant Support positions: Science Administrator - Communications Support Officer to the Millennium Seed Bank Support Officer to the Senior Science Team https://careers.kew.org/vacancies.html...