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MSA Studentships postings
By SuperUser Account on 1/26/2017 4:18 PM
The PhD position is part of a project to investigate the origins and diversification of ectomycorrhizal fungi. The project will study when ectomycorrhiza evolved in fungi, the process with which it has evolved, how biogeographical processes differ between ectomycorrhizal and non-ectomycorrhizal fungi, and processes shaping the phylogenetic diversity of ectomycorrhizal communities.

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By SuperUser Account on 1/3/2017 10:13 AM

Funding is available for two outstanding PhD students to start in Summer or Fall 2017, to work on a new NSF-supported project in Fusarium systematics and evolution. 

More information can be found here:


Students who get applications in early can be considered for university-sponsored fellowships.

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 10/25/2016 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 7/5/2016 7:43 AM
The Doyle Lab at Louisiana State University and LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is looking to recruit an inquisitive, enthusiastic, and well-qualified graduate student to work on one of several projects in fungal phylogenomics starting in Winter/Spring of 2017. The ideal candidate will be interested in pursuing a PhD, however Masters students will be considered. Candidates with experience in phylogenetics, bioinformatics, and mycology will be given preference, but good communication skills plus a strong interest in fungal evolution and phylogenetic inference is a must. There will be opportunities to develop a project that combines field, lab, and computational work within the broader scope of our lab’s research program. A research assistantship plus research support is currently funded for 3 years, but students will be expected to pursue additional funding. Interested candidates should contact Vinson Doyle (vdoyle@agcenter.lsu.edu) with a statement of research interest and pertinent qualifications, CV, and contact information for three references. Please include “graduate studies in fungal phylogenomics” in the subject line. Informal inquiries are also welcome....
By SuperUser Account on 2/3/2016 6:14 AM
I am seeking a motivated and creative PhD student to investigate the ectomycorrhizal ecology of pines in forests recently experiencing mountain pine beetle outbreaks. A background in fungal ecology, plant-fungal interactions, metagenomics, or plant defense chemistry would be an asset, but training is provided. A standard University of Alberta Graduate Assistantship will be offered. Proficiency in spoken and written English is required along with the ability to obtain provincial driving privileges upon arrival. Candidates with a MSc, or the equivalent in experience will be given preference. The position starts in May 2016. Applicants must ensure they satisfy University of Alberta Department of Renewable Resources entrance requirements, available for review at: http://www.rr.ualberta.ca/en/GraduateProgram/AdmissionProcess.aspx Interested candidates are encouraged to email (1) an unofficial transcript (undergraduate and...
By SuperUser Account on 1/25/2016 3:37 AM
Genome organization of AM fungi Post doc and PhD position in Evolutionary Biology, At the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden. Description Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi form symbiotic interactions with almost all terrestrial plants and have done so since plants first colonized land. The postdoc and PhD position are both part of a newly funded ERC research program aimed at understanding the ecology and evolution of these widespread and important organisms. Using state-of-the art technology, e.g., PacBio long read sequencing and single nucleus genomics methods, the research program seeks to resolve the genome organization of AM fungi so that the evolutionary consequences of their genome organization can be studied. Specifically, the project aims at testing the hypothesis that genetically distinct nuclear genotypes coexist within AM fungi. The project involves culturing of AM fungi, sorting and genotyping of nuclei from individual fungal isolates, genome and meta-genome sequencing...
By SuperUser Account on 11/23/2015 9:17 AM
PhD opportunity to study fungal foliar endophytes of Vanuatu at the University of Hawaii The Amend lab at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is recruiting a PhD student to research plant fungal interactions as part of a NSF-funded collaboration. The student will collaborate with a broad consortium of researchers to examine the fungal, botanical and linguistic diversity of Tafea province, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. This will be the first systematic survey of this oceanic, tropical, biodiversity hotspot. The student will be responsible principally for documenting the endophytic fungi of native host plants using cultivation and high-throughput DNA-sequencing techniques. This will involve long stretches in the field under uncomfortable, remote and staggeringly beautiful conditions. The student will have the opportunity to develop research questions consistent with lab interests in microbial community ecology, biogeography and evolution. The student will enroll in the Department of Botany http://www.botany.hawaii.edu,...
By SuperUser Account on 11/16/2015 5:57 PM
Seeking multiple graduate students in fungi-plant interactions at the University of Alberta The research programs of Nadir Erbilgin, Justine Karst, James Cahill (University of Alberta), Suzanne Simard (University of British Columbia), and Jonathan Cale are seeking motivated and collaborative students (3 PhD, 1 MSc) to work on a project investigating questions focused on the roles of soil fungal communities in modulating boreal forest resistance and resilience to biotic and abiotic disturbances. This project seeks to expand our recent findings demonstrating the effects of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on below- and above-ground processes, including decline of mycorrhizal fungi and pine resistance following forest mortality in western Canada (New Phytol (2015) 208: 904-914; Plant & Soil (2015). 390: 29-47; PLOS One (2015) 10 (4): e0124691). All students will be co-supervised by at least two investigators and the others will be in the students’ theses committees. While student projects will use a subset of these,...
By SuperUser Account on 10/4/2015 3:02 PM
Expression of interest is invited for a full-time, four-year PhD research position to be funded under SFI-SIRG research scheme. Title: Production of Pharmaceutical Biomolecules from Filamentous Fungi Background Fungi are one of the most important groups of organisms on the planet. They provide fundamental products such as food, enzymes and medicines for biotechnological innovations. This proposed work is committed to the exploitation of native fungal candidates for novel biomolecules including biomedically relevant enzymes and proteins for potential industrial applications. This work will aim to mine the potential of fungal candidates for product development and subsequently characterizing these products for fundamental research and biotechnological applications. Thus, innovative and environmentally compatible and highly specific molecules will be identified. Requirements Applicants should have a good primary degree (First or Second Class Honours) or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline in biological sciences/biotechnology/mycology/microbiology. The successful candidate should have interest in fungal biotechnology, bioinformatics, molecular biology approaches, metabolite screening and mass spectrometry. The candidate should be highly motivated....