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By SuperUser Account on 11/15/2016 4:55 PM

The plant science departments and the newly created Plant Resilience Institute (PRI;http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/world-renowned-scientists-to-study-plant-resilience-in-new-msu-research-institute/) at Michigan State University are inviting applications for multiple tenure-system positions at the Assistant/Associate/Professor level for individuals studying plant responses to abiotic stresses, such as drought and temperature extremes, and biotic stresses such as attack by pathogens and insect pests.

A PDF of the full details may be downloaded HERE.

By SuperUser Account on 11/1/2016 10:34 AM

The Walton lab is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a project to biosynthesize and screen small cyclic peptides derived from Amanita phalloides and other fungi. The position is full-time for one year starting on or before January 15, 2017. Experience in standard molecular biology methods, heterologous expression in E. coli and yeast, enzyme purification, and LC/MS of peptides is desirable. For background, see Luo et al. (2014) Chem. Biol. 21:1610. Contact Jonathan Walton, Michigan State University DOE Plant Research Lab, East Lansing; walton@msu.edu.

By SuperUser Account on 10/31/2016 11:58 AM
The Smith Fungal Biology Lab (http://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/matthew-e-smith/) and the Hulcr Forest Entomology Lab (www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org) at the University of Florida are recruiting a motivated Ph.D. student to start in Summer or Fall of 2017. We are seeking a student who is broadly interested in fungal systematics, evolutionary biology, and insect-fungi interactions to study ambrosia beetles and their symbiotic fungi as part of an NSF-funded project.

We want someone with:

• BS or (preferably) an MS degree in biological sciences

• A background that includes evolution, systematics, computational approaches and/or fungal biology

• Laboratory and molecular biology experience

• Appropriate GPA and GRE scores

• Solid English language abilities, strong scientific writing, and demonstrated ability to complete projects.

The following skills and...
By SuperUser Account on 10/27/2016 1:44 PM
The MSA Diversity Committee welcomes your participation in a survey to gather information regarding diversity in MSA membership to better inform policies and practices of the MSA and to foster an equitable and inclusive environment for all members. We invite you to participate. Please see the link in your membership renewal email!

Your responses are anonymous, completely voluntary, and all responses will be aggregated.
By SuperUser Account on 10/25/2016 3:30 PM
We are looking for a graduate student to join our research group beginning in fall semester 2017. The student would develop an independent research focus in line with ongoing lab projects. We are exploring how plant traits relate to community structure and function of fungi (e.g., decomposition, pathenogenisis) using culturing and next generation sequencing techniques and the consequences of these interactions for the forest carbon cycle in locations around the globe as climate changes. Additionally, we are looking at the evolution, ecology and physiology of plants across environmental gradients in various locations around the globe.
By SuperUser Account on 10/25/2016 3:27 PM
We are looking for a graduate student to join our research group beginning in fall semester 2017. The student would develop an independent research focus in line with ongoing lab projects. We are exploring how plant traits relate to community structure and function of fungi (e.g., decomposition, pathenogenisis) using culturing and next generation sequencing techniques and the consequences of these interactions for the forest carbon cycle in locations around the globe as climate changes. Additionally, we are looking at the evolution, ecology and physiology of plants across environmental gradients in various locations around the globe.
By SuperUser Account on 10/24/2016 11:06 AM

Work @ Fornia BioSolutions

At Fornia BioSolutions (www.forniabiosolutions.com), we have a group of innovative, hardworking and collaborative people who work together to make sustainable products for agricultural and environmental markets. We offer employees a great compensation package. The package includes highly competitive salary and bonus program, comprehensive medical plans (health, vision, and dental insurance), life and AD&D insurance, and short and long term disability insurance, 401K plan, paid time off and corporate holidays. Fornia BioSolutions also provides employee stock options plans.

We are looking for highly motivated people willing to work in in a fast-paced, highly rewarding, and scientifically stimulating environment. If you’re interested in a career with Fornia BioSolutions, please email your resume to contact@forniabiosolutions.com.

Responsibility includes:

  • Fungal protoplast preparation and transformation.
  • Fungal mutagenesis and mutant characterization.
  • Genetic manipulation of filamentous fungi including but not limited to knockout, targeted integration, random integration.
  • Construction of various recombinant DNA for strain engineering.
  • Contributing to various aspects of strain engineering.
  • Supporting the fermentation platform.
  • Trouble shooting scale up of yeast/ fungal isolates in 7-15L fermenters.
  • Maintaining various types of microbial strains.
  • Pure strain isolation and identification.

Job Requirements:

  • Ph.D in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, or related field. 2-5 years of biotech industry experience is preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of aseptic techniques.
  • Knowledge of genetic manipulation of eukaryotic organisms and strain engineering.
  • Knowledge of fungal protoplasting and transformation.
  • Knowledge of yeast transformation and genetic manipulation.
  • Knowledge of fungal mutagenesis and methods of classical fungal genetics.
  • Thorough understanding of vector designing and assembly.
  • Experienced in developing specialized media for screening of fungal isolates under various selective pressures.
  • Knowledge of high throughput screening of filamentous fungi in 24/ 96 well format.
  • Knowledge of pure stain isolation from mixed population by systemic approach.
  • Knowledge of various types of microbiology techniques including but not limited to various types of staining, microbe cultivation, and adaptive evolution.
  • Hands on experience working with 7-15L fermenters.
  • Experience trouble shooting fungal and yeast isolate scale-up in 7-15L fermenters.
  • Demonstrated ability to approach solutions by systematic trouble-shooting in forms of peer-reviewed papers or patents.
  • Experience with technical and scientific writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary research team.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively.
  • Excellent collaboration, communication (oral and written) and multitasking skills.
  • Goal-oriented, organized individual with a strong desire to a fast-paced dynamic research and development environment.



By SuperUser Account on 10/24/2016 10:58 AM
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut is pleased to invite
applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Disease Ecology or Evolution at the rank of Assistant Professor.
The Department seeks a research scientist who uses innovative approaches to address fundamental ecological
or evolutionary questions about disease agents of non-domesticated plants or animals. We are interested in a
broad range of research areas, including but not limited to population, community or evolutionary dynamics of
disease-causing agents and their hosts or vectors; coevolutionary interactions; the genetics of adaptation; the
ecology or evolution of emerging diseases; interactions between global environmental change and disease
ecology or evolution; and research that is at the interface of ecology and evolution. This position complements
Departmental strengths in ecology, evolution, systematics, organismal biology, and conservation biology. The
Department offers a highly collaborative environment at a leading public research university that is committed
to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. More information about the Department can be
found at http://www.eeb.uconn.edu.

Minimum Qualification: A Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology or a related field by time of
appointment; two peer-reviewed publications in disease ecology or evolution; and demonstrated research focus
on disease agents of non-domesticated plant or animal hosts. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
Preferred Qualifications: Potential to establish a nationally recognized research program that makes
conceptual advances in disease ecology, evolution, or their interaction based on empirical research; research
program that complements the Department’s strengths;; strong record of extramural fellowships or grants;;
relevant postdoctoral experience; evidence of or potential for excellence in teaching including a commitment to
effective teaching; and a commitment to and plan for fostering and supporting diversity through research,
teaching or public engagement.

Appointment Terms: This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an
anticipated start date of August 23rd, 2017. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the
Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply: Follow the ‘Apply’ link at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8220 to submit your
application through Academic Jobs Online. Please submit (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications; (2)
curriculum vitae; (3) research statement (3 pages maximum); (4) teaching statement, including teaching
philosophy and teaching experience (2 pages maximum); (5) a statement describing experience with, plan for,
and commitment to enhancing diversity and broadening participation (2 pages maximum); (6) Names and
contact information for at least three reference writers.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 4, 2016.

Questions about the position may be directed to search co-chairs Mark Urban and Elizabeth Jockusch.
By SuperUser Account on 10/24/2016 10:04 AM
Sylvan BioSciences invites qualified applicants to submit their current resumes, including references, for the position of Industrial Mycologist.

Job Description
Responsibilities will include leading research projects resulting in producing new and existing fungal based products for commercial use. This will include design of program structure, strategies and architecture, development, refinement, validation and implementation of commercial products.
Skills needed include management of laboratory operations and testing programs, supervision of personnel, interactions with other departments, as well as interactions with industry.

Qualifications and Requirements
An advanced degree, or several years of equivalent work experience, in mycology including identification, isolation and growth optimization of fungi. Proficiency in aseptic technique throughout the growth process from lab bench to production scale is necessary. Comprehensive working knowledge of fungi with regard to taxonomy, physiology and ecology is required. Experience growing fungi, including mastery of aseptic technique for isolation of wild strains for culturing and solid substrate fermentation is preferred. Applicant should possess well developed editorial, writing and presentation skills

Sylvan BioSciences is a subsidiary of Sylvan Inc., a global leader in fungal technology, and provides spawn and related products to the mushroom industry. Utilizing core competencies in solid-substrate fermentation, Sylvan is able to offer biological solutions to other industries, while staying dedicated to providing the highest quality and consistency to its customers through a sustainable business.

Interested candidates can apply by submitting their resume and references to research@sylvaninc.com
By SuperUser Account on 7/26/2016 11:34 AM
Rutgers University – New Brunswick seeks an accomplished scientist to serve as the Henry Rutgers Professor of Microbiomes and Health. The successful candidate will conduct innovative research into how microbiomes function and how they impact human, animal, plant and/or environmental health. A fundamental understanding of how microorganisms assemble to form biomes and how their combined activities affect human and environmental health is pivotal to meeting many of the challenges that face humanity and Earth – from human health, to agriculture, to the overall health of the biosphere. Candidates should be internationally recognized for their research, have a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and team building, and possess a commensurate record of publications, grants, teaching and service. The appointment is anticipated at the level of Full Professor, but exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor level will be considered. The successful candidate will be appointed in one or more...