Now offering 15 PhD positions in Algal Research and Biotechnology


Do you hold a MSc degree or are you expecting to complete one before July 15th, 2015? If you want to undertake further doctoral research and training as part of an international and highly inter-disciplinary team, combining a unique and ambitious theoretical, field, hands-on training and research, then ALFF is the programme for you.

ALFF: The ALgal microbiome - Friends or Foes
Algal aquaculture is developing exponentially worldwide, with multiple applications in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Current research in algal biotechnology mostly focuses on metabolite discovery, aquaculture yield improvement and engineering bottle-necks. However, agronomical experience shows that controlling the interaction of land crops with mutualistic or pathogenic microbes is critical to successful production. Likewise, controlling the microbial flora associated with algae (the 'algal microbiome') is emerging as the biggest biological challenge for their increased usage. Bacteria can control the morphogenesis of algae, while others are indispensable to algal survival. Pathogens are causing devastating diseases, the impact of which worsens with the intensification of aquaculture practices. ALFF aims to achieve a scientific step-change in our understanding of algal-microbial interactions, whilst also leading to the development of superior mass algal cultivation and biocontrol strategies.

Scientific excellence, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation
ALFF is funded under the prestigious EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) programme and is specifically designed to train students in research and algal biotechnology. We offer highly interdisciplinary and international training for 15 PhD students throughout the EU, with a highly competitive salary and close contacts with the industry, government agencies and leading laboratories. In addition to conducting research, students will be enrolled on an extensive programme of short courses, conferences and secondments at other institutions. ALFF also encompasses an ambitious outreach and public engagement programme, in collaboration with highly renowned institutions such as the Flanders Marine Institute and the United Nations University.

Desired skills and experience
To apply for the Algal Microbiome: Friends or Foes (ALFF) Programme you should normally have a good MSc degree or an equivalent qualification, or be expected to complete a MSc degree by mid-July 2015, or have a background in one of the fields of environmental and life sciences. Depending on the project(s) you decide to apply for, an appropriate background could include marine biology, marine science, aquatic biology, micro-biology, phycology, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences or information technology. At the time of recruitment, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. The selection process will take into consideration the whole range of experience of applicants. Career breaks, evidence of non-formal qualifications and evidence of previous international mobility will be regarded favourably.

For more details on the PhD projects being advertised, please go to:

Closing date for applications: Sunday, March 1st 2015.




One year postdoc stipend on Solanum - Phytophthora interactions


We are seeking a postdoc for one year that will be based at the Department of Plant Protection Biology, unit of Resistance Biology at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

(SLU) in Alnarp, Sweden (hosted by Åsa Lankinen, Laura Grenville-Briggs and Erik Andreasson). The postdoc will work on plant pathogen interactions between wild and cultivated Solanum and the oomycete Phytophthora infestans.

Late blight in potato, caused by infection with the oomycete Phytophthora infestans, leads to large economic losses. Introduction of new resistant potato varieties is countered by rapid evolution of new pathogenicity factors in P. infestans. However, increased insights into plant-pathogen interactions in natural systems can aid the development of sustainable crop management practices. The postdoc will work within a project that studies interactions between P. infestans and its hosts - potato and three wild Solanum species found in Sweden – and combines ecology and evolutionary biology with genetics and molecular mechanisms to answer questions related to pathogen virulence and plant defence to late blight disease. The work will involve both screening of resistance and tolerance to P. infestans in the lab and field work to explore potential overwintering of P. infestans in wild Solanum populations.


Requirements: A PhD degree in biology or biology-related fields, not older than 2 years (as       the main aim is training of the candidate, and living costs will be covered by a stipend). Candidates should be fluent in spoken and written English.

Starting date: By agreement during spring 2015, preferably as soon as possible.

Please send your cv and a motivation for why you are well suited for this work to Åsa Lankinen,, no later than 15th of February.




Postdoctoral Position in Bacterial Pathogenesis

Applications are invited for a vacant Postdoctoral Associate position in Sheng Yang He’s group ( at Michigan State University. The successful candidate will investigate an aspect of bacterial pathogenesis that is beyond our current focus on the type III secretion system and toxins. Depending on research interests and background of the candidate, s/he may choose one of the following two ongoing new projects: (i) understanding the role and regulation of the apoplast water status during bacterial pathogenesis, and (ii) investigating the molecular mechanisms by which abiotic and biotic environmental factors influence bacterial pathogenesis. Although the Arabidopsis-Pseudomonas syringae pathosystem is used in ongoing experiments, agriculturally important plant-bacterial pathosystems may be considered.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree by the time s/he is appointed to the position and a strong background in molecular biology, microbiology, plant biology, genomics, and/or cell biology. Applicants should forward their curriculum vitae, a brief description of research experience and future interests, and the names of three references to Sheng Yang He (, MSUDOE Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

The Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory (, where the He lab is located, provides a collaborative environment for conducting high-quality research in plant and microbial sciences and for training students and postdoctoral fellows.

Michigan State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.




Research Associate (Computational)

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in the group of Dr Sebastian Schornack ( at the Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU), Cambridge University, to use computational approaches in comparative studies of organ specific oomycete colonisation processes in barley, wheat, Medicago and Nicotiana plants.

The overall aim of this project is to elucidate general and organ specific processes (in leaves and roots) using differential transcriptomics and microscopical image analyses. The successful candidate will be broadly responsible for bioinformatics based analysis of obtained sequence and microscopy image information and will identify sets of specifically regulated pathogen and host genes. The successful post holder will be able to develop further research objectives and proposals such as evolutionary aspects of colonisation processes in the frame of our general research.

Candidates must have or be close to obtaining a PhD in a relevant discipline, e.g. computer science, statistics, theoretical physics or bioinformatics. Exceptional Master's degree applicants may be considered for this position.

The successful applicant should have expertise in computational approaches for analysis of genome-wide information derived from next generation sequencing. Previous knowledge of plant science is not a prerequisite and candidates from animal or microbial sciences are encouraged to apply. However, a keen interest in transcriptome and genome based studies of plant-microbe-interactions is essential.

Salary: up to £37,394
Closing date: 1 February 2015



Faculty position in Microbial and Plant Genomics

I am very excited to announce that my department has a new opening for a
faculty position in Microbial and Plant Genomics. The advertisement is
attached. This position is part of cluster hire for three positions in
Plant and Microbial Genomics at Virginia Tech. The website has additional information
and will have links to apply to all three positions.

Please, circulate this announcement to anybody who might be interested in





Oregon State University is searching for five collaboratively-minded faculty with an enthusiasm for

research and teaching at the interface between the life or environmental sciences and the

quantitative or physical sciences. Appointees will be expected to develop independent and

collaborative grant-funded research programs, at levels of scale from the molecular to the

ecological. The research, teaching, and extension programs of the appointees are expected to

integrate student success, and diversity and inclusion, as core values. This search is part of a

large cohort of new faculty hires at OSU focused on interdisciplinary research, on advancement

of diversity, and on advancing and equalizing student success. Women and minority candidates

are strongly encouraged to apply.

To review the full position announcements, qualifications and detailed application information for any of these positions, go to and select the relevant posting number.


Two assistant professor (9 month) positions are available in any domain where the life or environmental sciences intersect with the quantitative or physical sciences. Complex systems in the life and environmental sciences span numerous levels of scale from metabolites, macromolecules, cells, tissues, and organisms, to populations, communities and ecosystems. Increasingly, understanding these systems requires interdisciplinary collaborative research at the intersection with quantitative or physical sciences. Each appointment will reside jointly in a life or environmental sciences unit, and in a physical or quantitative sciences unit, depending on the appointee’s expertise and interest. Posting #0013430; Closes February 6, 2015. Contact: Brett Tyler (


Assistant Professor (9 month) position in the Department of Integrative Biology (70%) and the Departments of Mathematics or Statistics (30%). The appointee will use and develop mathematical or statistical approaches to tackle problems in systems biology in the broad sense. Research focus can be at any level of biological organization, but must involve strong quantitative approaches and integrating large data sets. Candidate will teach in the general biology curriculum and will teach courses aimed at improving the quantitative skills of biology students. Posting #0013398. Closes January 25, 2015. Contact: Tara Bevandich (; 541-737-5336).


Assistant Professor (9 month) position in the Department of Integrative Biology. The appointee will conduct research, develop an active, grant-supported research program that applies systems biology approaches to evolutionary questions in marine organisms. Research focus can be at any level of biological organization, but must involve strong quantitative approaches and cutting-edge technologies. Appointee will teach courses in genetics and evolution. Posting #0013400. Closes January 25, 2015. Contact: Tara Bevandich ( or 541- 737-5336).


Assistant Professor (9 month) position in the Department of Horticulture. The appointee will develop a comprehensive program in research (both independent and collaborative), teaching and outreach in applied genomics and bioinformatics of plants, with a focus on discovery of new knowledge and/or creative solutions to problems related to economically important staple and specialty crops of Oregon. The research discoveries and impacts are to be communicated to peers, practitioners and citizens. Posting #0013285; Closes January 25, 2015. Contact: Bill Braunworth (541-737-1317 or

Date Updated: 1/23/15