Postdoctoral Position. Oregon State University

Biochemical mechanisms of pathogen effector entry


The Tyler lab studies the interactions between oomycete and fungal pathogens and their plant hosts, with a focus on effector proteins that enter host cells to modify their physiology. Much of this research focuses on the interaction of the oomycete Phytophthora sojae and its host, soybean, but also encompasses a variety of other oomycete and fungal pathosystems. A postdoctoral position is available to join the team examining how oomycete and fungal effector proteins enter host cells and interact with host proteins to increase the susceptibility of the host. The postdoctoral project will be focused on determining the molecular mechanisms by which effector proteins, especially RXLR effectors, interact with host cell membranes to gain entry into the cells. The project will have a strong biochemical emphasis and applicants with experience in protein-lipid interactions, protein structure determination, and/or electron microscopy are particularly encouraged to apply. A background in oomycete or fungal biology is not essential.

Application deadline March 7, 2014.

To apply, go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=348082

For more information, contact Brett Tyler (brett.tyler@oregonstate.edu)

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

 

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Postdoctoral position is now available at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Please see the attached flyer or visit the SLU vacancies page www.slu.se/en/shortcuts/jobs-and-vacancies/ to make an application.

Please contact me for further details and feel free to pass on to other interested parties

 

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Minimum experience required: Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Horticulture, or related fields

Position description: This two-year position is on a project led by Dr. Dennis Halterman, USDA/ARS, and Dr. Jiming Jiang, Dept. Horticulture, to study the molecular interactions between the plants and pathogens. Using a combination of protein-protein interaction studies, plant expression assays, and DNA sequence analysis, the candidate will help us to better understand the molecular basis of recognition of pathogens by plants and translate this information into improved disease resistance. Specifically, this project involves the interaction between the late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, and potato containing the resistance gene RB. This project will build on previous results that explained specific molecular interactions between plant and pathogen proteins.

Job Duties: Laboratory research using many molecular biology techniques including plant protein, DNA, and RNA extraction and analysis. Specific experience with protein-protein interaction assays and co-immunoprecipitation in plants is preferred.

 

Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral)
Contact Department: Horticulture
Salary: $35,000
Percent time: 100%
Begin/End Dates: Immediate opening (2 years)
Contact Name/Address: Jiming Jiang, Dept. Horticulture, 1575 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Contact Phone: 608-262-1878
Contact Email: jjiang1@wisc.edu

 

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PhD positions in the Fruit Tree Biotechnology Programme, UP

This is with international collaborations doing cutting edge research on the avocado-Phytophthora cinnamomi interaction.

 

The following projects are available:

Project 1: Investigating pathogenicity-related/virulence genes in the oomycete, Phytophthora cinnamomi.

Project 2: Host Induced Gene Silencing of Phytophthora cinnamomi to study the function of key pathogenicity genes.

Minimum requirements:

MSc in any of the following: plant science, genetics, plant pathology or bio-informatics;
Ability to plan and conduct research
Highly self-motivated and work as part of a team;
The candidate should be fluent in English

 

Contact:

Please send your CV to Dr. Noëlani van den Berg

Email: noelani.vdberg@fabi.up.ac.za

 

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Hans Merensky Post-Doctoral Fellowship
A postdoctoral research fellowship is available to join an exciting research team based at FABI, University of Pretoria

This is group with international collaborations doing cutting edge research on the avocado-Phytophthora cinnamomi interaction

 

 

The fellowship is aimed at a recent PhD graduate. This is a two-year position, renewal after one-year based on performance and progress.

Minimum requirements:

PhD in plant molecular biology, genetics or bio-informatics within the last 5 years;
Published at least 1 paper in a peer-reviewed journal;
Ability to think independently and troubleshoot problems;
Highly self-motivated and work as part of a team;
An interest in plant genetics, plant pathology, plant physiology  and pathogen or plant transformation (Phytophthora spp.)

 

Contact:

Please send your CV to Dr. Noëlani van den Berg

Email: noelani.vdberg@fabi.up.ac.za

 

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Assistant Professor in Systems Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions

A cluster of twelve faculty positions in the strategically important area of Big Data is included among 29 Presidential High Impact Hires at Iowa State University. As part of this initiative, the Plant Pathology & Microbiology Department invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the area of Systems Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions.

We seek a creative individual with expertise in utilizing multidimensional experimental datasets to investigate previously unanswerable questions in pathogenic or symbiotic interactions between any type of microbe and its plant or plant-associated host(s). The incumbent will test hypotheses at multiple levels, integrating biochemical, synthetic, computational, and omics approaches. Applicants with computational and experimental expertise may apply their skills to any aspect of Big Data relevant to plant-microbe interactions. 

 The successful candidate will establish an internationally recognized, externally-funded research program, teach in her or his area of expertise, and foster a culture of inclusion. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. 


This position is in an outstanding department on a highly collaborative campus, with numerous interdepartmental graduate programs in which the candidate may participate. Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa, ranked as one of the most livable small cities in the nation. Iowa State University values diversity, supports work-life balance through an array of flexible policies, and is an AA/EEO employer with an NSF ADVANCE program aimed at promoting full participation of women and minority faculty in the university.

To submit an application and for more details, see Iowa State University faculty vacancy announcement 131417 at www.iastatejobs.com. Consideration of applications will begin February 21, 2014, and position will start in the Fall of 2014. Address inquiries about this position to plpsysb@iastate.edu.

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Postdoctoral Position. Oregon State University

Biochemical mechanisms of pathogen effector entry


The Tyler lab studies the interactions between oomycete and fungal pathogens and their plant hosts, with a focus on effector proteins that enter host cells to modify their physiology. Much of this research focuses on the interaction of the oomycete Phytophthora sojae and its host, soybean, but also encompasses a variety of other oomycete and fungal pathosystems. A postdoctoral position is available to join the team examining how oomycete and fungal effector proteins enter host cells and interact with host proteins to increase the susceptibility of the host. The postdoctoral project will be focused on determining the molecular mechanisms by which effector proteins, especially RXLR effectors, interact with host cell membranes to gain entry into the cells. The project will have a strong biochemical emphasis and applicants with experience in protein-lipid interactions, protein structure determination, and/or electron microscopy are particularly encouraged to apply. A background in oomycete or fungal biology is not essential.

Application deadline March 7, 2014.

To apply, go to

jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=63403

For more information, contact Brett Tyler (brett.tyler@oregonstate.edu)

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

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NC State University Department of Plant Pathology Post-doctoral Associate

Ecosystem Services and Evolution of Emerging Plant Disease – Black Sigatoka Starting February 2014 (start date flexible)

 

The Department of Plant Pathology at NC State University in Raleigh is hiring a full-time postdoctoral associate one year beginning in February 2014. The postdoctoral fellow will join a research team of faculty from 5 universities that is working on a project funded but the National Academy Sciences Keck Futures Initiative on Ecosystem Services and the evolution of Emerging Plant Diseases in Africa. They will also actively participate in a Rockefeller funded Bellagio Conference in April in Italy. The postdoctoral fellow will work on two main aspects of this analysis. These include 1) Writing a paper that uses an ecosystem services framework to ask the question “ Can the spread of emerging plant pathogens and pests be reduced using ecosystem service impact modeling and transformational technologies?” and 2) Research on the evolution of an emerging plant pathogen . Black sigatoka of banana will be used as a model system to study the population genetics and impacts of novel management strategies on the disease.


During their training, postdoctoral associate will receive close mentoring from two program faculty. They will attend seminars and meetings, present their research at national research conferences, write papers, and hone their skills in specific methodological techniques. In addition, the postdoctoral associate will gain practical experience by helping to plan and run a large research project and by supervising graduate and undergraduate student research assistants.


Qualifications: PhD degree with expertise in ecology, evolution and population genetics of fungal pathogens is required. Required: A basic understanding of ecosystem services (ES) concepts as well as use of ES models to understand environmental impacts of management decisions is also important. Skills and experience using next generation sequencing technologies and phylogenomics software tools to study evolutionary relationships of fungal pathogens or related organisisms is required. Applicants from a variety of disciplines (e.g., plant pathology, plant biology ecology, evolutionary biology or genetics) are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants must have a good command of qualitative and/or quantitative methods used in the population genetics and ecology. Finally, applicants must have received their doctoral degree by the start date. The fellowship includes a competitive salary and plus health insurance.


To Apply: A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and two publications or papers should be submitted by email by February 15. Your letter of interest must detail how your skills and interests match specific opportunities provided by the post-doctoral fellowship.


An application at the NC State employment website is also required. The position number is 00103763. https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/32313. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Jean Ristaino jean_ristaino@ncsu.edu


NC State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities.

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Ambitious and Enthusiastic Assistant Professor


Job description


The chair group Phytopathology of Wageningen University offers a tenure-track
position for an Assistant Professor. In our chair group, we study pathogenic and
beneficial interactions between microbes (bacteria, fungi and oomycetes) and plants,
and we strive to increase the fundamental understanding of various mechanisms
underlying microbial infection, host defense, antagonism, speciation and evolution of
pathogens, with the aim to develop strategies for more durable disease management.
We seek expertise to complement and strengthen our team and anticipate that you
will develop new research directions that allow the group to extend and diversify its
research program. Although a clear link to phytopathology, fungal or oomycete
biology is expected, the chair group welcomes novel expertise that may include, but is
not limited to, bacteriology, medical or veterinary mycology, emerging pathogens,
bioinformatics and computational biology. Project acquisition is an important aspect
of your position and you will also be involved in the teaching program of the chair
group. For more information about the chair group, please visit:
http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Chair-groups/Plant-
Sciences/Laboratory-of-Phytopathology/Research.htm.


Desired Skills and Experience


You hold a PhD in a relevant discipline. You have a proven record of very good to
excellent publications, have shown the ability to write successful project proposals
and are pro-active in acquisition. Furthermore, you are committed to work closely
with other staff members in the team. You have good communication skills, and
preferably experience in teaching and supervision of PhD students.


Working conditions


Wageningen University offers talented scientists a challenging Tenure Track career
trajectory. Once appointed as an Assistant Professor you can grow into a Professor
holding a Personal Chair. Career steps follow an assessment of performance at
predefined times by a tenure track committee. Excellent proven performance can be
rewarded with an initial appointment as Associate Professor. You are expected to
develop your own research line, maintain a research group and (co-)supervise PhD
students. Up to 40% teaching is foreseen in your appointment. We offer you a
temporary contract for 38 hours per week, which can lead to a permanent
employment contract. Gross salary per month: from € 3.259 to € 4.462, based on full
time employment and dependent on expertise and experience.


Please upload a Cover Letter, your CV and a research and teaching statement before
the 15th of January 2014 through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/pco6e7s

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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
www.hort.vt.edu/cluster/index.html
<http://www.hort.vt.edu/cluster/index.html> has additional information
and will have links to apply to all three positions.

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

 

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IT position at Scottish Association for Marine Science

 

We're looking for someone flexible with a strong IT background, possibly including bioinformatic skills.

 

We would like to invite applications for the post of Data Manager within the ICT & Information department at SAMS. This is an opportunity for the right individual to work in a dynamic marine research environment supporting a range of scientific disciplines and methods: from bioinformatics to physics and deep sea sampling to high performance computing.
The successful applicant’s principal role will be aiding researchers manage and secure their data through its entire life-cycle from acquisition through to archive and to meet the requirements of funders and modern data standards. The ultimate goal will be to help establish a Research Data Management regime across the breadth of science activities at the institute.
We are looking for someone with an excellent understanding of the research data environment and an appropriate skill set which may include relational databases, programming & scripting, data visualisation, data standards (e.g. MEDIN) and high performance computing. A familiarity with file systems, Big Data, embedded systems, Bioinformatics, LIMS and\or GIS would be beneficial. Though it is not essential to demonstrate all of these initially, the ideal candidate must show genuine enthusiasm and ability to expand their boundaries.

To apply, please visit: https://sams.ciphrro.com/Jobsearchresult.aspx

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Assistant Professor - The University of California

 

I wish to bring to your attention an opening in our department for an Assistant Professor to study responses of subtropical crops, such as avocado and citrus, to biotic stress. While the focus is on subtropical crops, applicants with backgrounds in other systems will be considered. I would be grateful if you would forward this email, or the attached job description, to appropriate candidates.

The successful candidate will develop an innovative program to understand the responses of subtropical crops to biotic stress and develop strategies for disease management. Besides conducting scholarly research, activities will include directing the UCR avocado rootstock development program, which has been well-funded by industry for many years and currently emphases soil- and water-borne root-infecting pathogens, especially Phytophthora spp. Also possible are studies of abiotic stresses, pathogen biology, or a relevant model system. The position will have opportunities to interact with other groups on campus that study plant-microbe interactions, plant breeding, and genomic, ecological, and epidemiological approaches to stress, including Cooperative Extension personnel. Contributions to graduate and undergraduate education are expected.

Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by December 4, 2013, but the position will remain open until filled. Appropriate candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant life science field such as Plant Genetics or Plant Pathology, and a proven ability to conduct original research. Expertise in contemporary plant breeding, plant pathology, or genomics will be beneficial, but experience with subtropical fruit crops is not required. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Applications must be submitted on-line at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00043.

For more information, candidates may contact the search committee chair (howard.judelson@ucr.edu). The University of California is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

 

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FUNGAL BIOLOGIST– DEPARTMENT OF PLANT, SOIL, AND MICROBIAL SCIENCES,
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY


POSITION: The Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor position in filamentous fungal biology. The successful candidate will have research (80%) and teaching (20%) responsibilities, consistent with the missions of the appointment. This position is part of multiple hires over the next 2-3 years, including soil biology.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:


Research: The incumbent will establish a competitive, broad research portfolio focused on plant-associated filamentous fungi genetics/genomics supported by national competitive funding. The incumbent will use state-of-the-art technologies to explore questions in pathogenesis, plant interactions, development, diversity, evolution, metabolism, or ecology.

Teaching: The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching, and will establish a graduate level course in mycology, with the potential to develop an additional course in his/her specific area of expertise. Mentoring graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral researchers is expected.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree is required, with a preference for plant pathology, genetics, mycology or related disciplines. Expertise in phylogenetics is desirable. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Additional qualifications include a proven ability to synthesize and conduct cutting-edge research in the biological sciences, granstmanship, strong writing skills, and a demonstrated ability to teach and mentor. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, a statement of future research objectives, a description of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. Applicants may apply for this position via the link at https://jobs.msu.edu, (posting #8384). Questions can be directed to Dr. Brad Day, Chair of the Search Committee, (bday@msu.edu). Review of
applications will begin November 15, 2013. The newly formed Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, which includes the former Departments of Plant Pathology and Crop and Soil Sciences, is an internationally recognized department of more than 50 faculty members, with diverse interests spanning applied and fundamental research. With more than 150 plant science faculty at MSU – including vast expertise in plant-microbe interactions – collaborative opportunities in the areas of genetics, genomics, biochemistry, plant pathology, soil and microbial ecology, and food science exist. Additionally, adjunct appointments in university-level graduate programs, and access to diverse research support are available.

 

MSU is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

 

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Title of Position :  Professor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

 

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a dynamic individual to provide leadership and vision as Department Head.  The Department name has recently changed to reflect ongoing work and new initiatives in environmental microbiology.  The Department is recognized nationally and internationally for research and educational programs in plant pathology, mushroom science and environmental microbiology and provides an intellectually stimulating, diverse, and inclusive environment with broad academic appeal.  The Department  supports strong extension programs in fruit, mushroom, ornamental, turfgrass, and vegetable crops as well as basic and applied research programs on aerobiology, biological control, forest health, fungal biology, microbial ecology and evolution, and plant-microbe interactions.  The Department has a highly ranked graduate program in Plant Pathology and actively participates in the Plant Sciences undergraduate major and other academic programs.

Responsibilities        The person filling this position serves as the departmental program leader and administrative officer, reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.  Duties include:

Qualifications            The candidate should possess a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Environmental Microbiology, or a closely related field in addition to the following attributes:

Application                 Applicants should submit

                                      1) Cover letter summarizing interest in the position and qualifications

                                      2) Complete curriculum vitae

                                      3) Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three individuals who may be contacted as professional references

 

                                      Send applications to:

                                      Cindy Sackett,  Search Committee Coordinator

                                      The Pennsylvania State University

                                      College of Agricultural Sciences

                                      201 Ag Administration Bldg.

                                      University Park, PA 16802

 

Application                 Reviews will begin October 5, 2013 and continue until a

Reviews                    suitable candidate is identified.  The position is available January, 2014.

 

To learn about the Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology, visit http://plantpath.psu.edu/

                                                   

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

 

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Postdoctoral Position

There will be a post doctoral position opening up in Salinas, California in the near future and thought I would check with you to see if you knew anyone who would work well for the position.  The project is to expand on the Phytophthora diagnostic marker system based on gene order differences that we recently developed.  Basically mitochondrial gene order differences were identified in sequenced mt genomes for 19 Phytophthora spp. compared to 14 Pythium and multiple plant species to identify highly conserved regions for designing the markers.  Two different loci were identified for further work and both have a single primer pair with multiplexed TaqMan probes for simultaneous detection at a genus and species specific level.  Due to a higher level of interspecific sequence variation in one locus it has been the focus of the development of species specific probes while the second locus has been used primarily just for a second genus specific detection capability.  There is a large sequence database for nearly all described Phytophthora spp. to support this project.

The post doc's primary project would be to:

 

·         validate additional species specific TaqMan probes, especially for species of regulatory concern to APHIS  - Guillaume Bilodeau (the prior post doc who designed the markers) validated 14 probes and generated a list of other possible species-specific probes.

·         modify the locus for use with isothermal amplification techniques in an effort to simplify the use of these diagnostic markers.

 

We have ongoing projects looking at oomycete mitochondrial genome evolution and phylogenetics, development of diagnostic markers for Pythium using the same approach as outlined above for Phytophthora, as well as development of mitochondrial haplotype markers for Phytophthora that they could also participate in if they are interested. 

 

The position has not been formally advertised yet but if you know of anyone who might be a good fit for this position please pass on this information to them and have them contact me as soon as possible so I can forward information once the position has been posted.   The USDA-ARS does have some citizenship requirements for hiring (for example, citizens of China or India will not be able to be hired but citizens from a number of other countries can be; please see http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/jobs/VISA/countries.htm).

 

 

Date Updated: 2/6/2014