Research Technician Position – Fungal Evolution: University of Michigan

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Research Technician Position - Fungal Evolution: University of Michigan

Applications are currently being solicited for an experienced and motivated research technician to work with the James Mycology Lab ( in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan.

The candidate will be expected to work on multiple ongoing projects related to fungal genetics. Specific research goals include genomic sequencing of novel aquatic fungi and their viruses using single cells, development of amphibian model of microbial symbiosis, cultivation of the marine yeast Malassezia, and genetic manipulation of yeast via CRISPR or transposon mutagenesis.

This is a perfect position for an ambitious and organized scientist to gain greater breadth in molecular techniques and bioinformatics and fungi. The candidate will support scientists in the lab but also will be able to lead independent research in one or more focal areas.

The ideal candidate will have experience in two or more of the following areas: generating sequencing data, bioinformatics, microscopy, molecular biology such as cloning, animal husbandry, and working with living cultures. The position is available immediately and review of applications will begin on February 7. The initial appointment is for one year with a possibility of extension to a second year pending performance review. Salary range is $30-$40,000 USD per year depending on experience.

University of Michigan Mycology

Our lab pursues diverse projects in fungal biology and embraces diverse perspectives and backgrounds in STEM. The lab is in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (, an intellectually stimulating environment in a vibrant college town (Ann Arbor, MI). The lab is also part of the University Fungarium which has a historical collection of over 280K preserved fungi and a large collection of cryopreserved zoosporic fungi (

To Apply

Interested applicants should email Tim James ( with a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references.

Representative publications:

Ahrendt, S. R., et al. (2018). Leveraging single-cell genomics to expand the Fungal Tree of Life. Nat. Microbiol. 3: 1417-1428. doi: 10.1038/s41564-018-0261-0

Simmons, D. R., et al. (2020). The Collection of Zoosporic Eufungi at the University of Michigan (CZEUM): Introducing a new repository of fully barcoded Chytridiomyceta and Blastocladiomycota cultures. IMA Fungus 11: 20. doi: 10.1186/s43008-020-00041-z

Myers, J. M., et al. (2020). Survey of early-diverging lineages of fungi reveals abundant and diverse mycoviruses. mBio 11: e02027-20. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02027-20

James, T. Y., et al. (2019). Adaptation by loss of heterozygosity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae clones under divergent selection. Genetics 213: 665-683. doi: 10.1534/genetics.119.302411.

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