Principal investigators at levels of Assistant or Associate Research Fellows (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professors)


The Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology (IPMB), Academia Sinica, is now recruiting new principal investigators at levels of Assistant or Associate Research Fellows (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professors). Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree plus postdoctoral training, with expertise in studies of plant-related microbial biology or plant-microbe interactions. Successful candidates will receive excellent starter funds followed by annual intramural support.


Academia Sinica, the foremost academic institution in Taiwan, comprises 31 world-class research institutes/centers and provides active research environment with state-of-the-art resources. The institute of Plant and Microbial Biology is a premier research institute with focused studies on functioning of plant and microbial biology ( English is the official language in scientific seminars. Proficiency in Chinese language is not essential but basic communication skills will be helpful.


The application folder should include 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research accomplishments, and 4) future research plans. The application folder (in PDF format) and, separately, three letters of recommendation should be sent via email to:


Dr. Erh-Min Lai, chair of Search Committee

c/o Ms. Christine Hsing (email:

Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica

128, Sec 2, Academia Rd, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan 11529


The review of applications will begin on August 15, 2015 and continue until the positions are filled.



Two PhD research studentships available for College of Life Sciences and Medicine

Required for the SCHOOL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES and SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES to work on two PhD studentships, which are part of the Horizon 2020 PARAFISH consortium starting in the summer of 2015, entitled:

1) Novel vaccination strategies against Saprolegnia parasitica

2) Disease control and host responses to proliferative kidney disease in rainbow trout
As these studentships are funded by the European Union they will be offered for a maximum period of 36 months.

Project 1: The overall objective is to identify molecular targets from the fish pathogen Saprolegnia parasitica that can be used to develop a vaccine. In order to identify suitable targets you will perform a DNA vaccination screen first. DNA vaccination is a strategy whereby protection is induced through administration of pathogen-derived genes into the fish. As such, DNA vaccines can be used to screen for suitable antigens. Both non-specific and specific humoral and cellular immune responses are induced, leading to high levels of protection. From analysing the genome sequence and RNAseq studies, we know that S. parasitica has many putative secreted proteins that are thought to be important for a successful colonisation of its hosts as they are up-regulated at the onset of the infection. Therefore, our hypothesis is that genes from S. parasitica that encode secreted proteins (and that are possibly translocated into host cells) can be used to develop a vaccine. Some of the secreted proteins will also be molecularly characterised in detail in this study to determine their function during the host-pathogen interaction.

Project 2: Proliferative kidney disease (PKD), caused by the myxozoan parasite Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, is a major disease of farmed rainbow trout. This project will attempt to develop intervention strategies to reduce the impact of the disease, taking advantage of newly developed parasite transcriptomes. Vaccine candidates will be identified using bioinformatic approaches, and used for immunisation of fish. Mucosal immune responses (skin, gills) will be monitored and pathology assessed in collaboration with our collaborators and the aquaculture industry. The potential to use of immunomodulators to reduce the pathology associated with the disease will also be explored, based on our recent discovery of PKD-mediated induction of cytokine inhibitor molecules that have been targeted as therapeutic treatments in other host-pathogen interactions.

The successful candidates will gain wide experience in: cutting edge transcriptomics; gene and protein expression of selected parasite antigens, and host immune molecules; development of novel vaccine formulations and vaccine efficacy testing; development and testing of novel immunotherapeutic treatments for PKD.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Prof Pieter van West ( or Prof Chris Secombes (

Application Deadline: Friday 5 June 2015




Postdoctoral position available


The Vegetable Pathology Lab at NCSU is looking for a motivated and competent Postdoc to join our team. The Postdoc will be responsible for performing original research focused on population dynamics of oomycete and fungal pathogens affecting specialty crops, especially regarding the effects of fungicide applications and host resistance on pathogen population structure. The lab offers a wide diversity of projects that could also include development of early detection tools, epidemiological studies, or testing of control methods. The incumbent will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data, writing scientific publications, and giving oral and poster presentations. The Postdoc will also assist with activities related to lab management, training and supervision of other lab staff, field trials, and generating extension publications.








Postdoctoral position available


Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California Riverside (UCR)


Molecular Plant - Phytophthora cinnamomi (Pc) interactions, P. cinnamomi biology and pathogenesis, Next Generation of Sequencing (NGS), UCR Avocado Rootstock Breeding Program


A postdoctoral position is available in the Manosalva lab at UC Riverside.

The primary research goal of the Manosalva lab is elucidating the molecular and genetic basis of plant immunity against oomycete pathogens with an emphasis on Phytophthora cinnamomi (Pc) in model plants and avocado. The identification of candidate genes associated with resistance against this pathogen will be a key aspect for the generation of molecular markers for Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) to develop new avocado rootstocks resistant varieties. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to work in any of the research areas at Dr. Manosalva’s lab: 1) Understanding plant - Pc and Solanaceae - P. infestans interactions using molecular, genetic, biochemical, and genomic approaches (RNAseq and SmallRNAs), 2) Identification and characterization of Pc proteins required for pathogen virulence. In addition, we want to understand the molecular basis of the broad host specialization of Pc using comparative genomics, 3) Implementation of molecular breeding tools (ie. Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNPs) discovery and transcriptome analyses) for a more targeted avocado genomic selection in the UCR Avocado rootstock breeding program.


Minimum qualifications: Applicants for the postdoctoral position should be within 2 years of receiving their PhD. Applicants should have research experience in molecular biology techniques, experience working with microorganisms and plants; ability to communicate effectively in English; ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.


Preferred qualifications: I am particularly interested in candidates that have a strong background and publication record in plant pathology/plant-microbe interactions (experience working with oomycete pathogens will be a plus). Experience with next generation of sequencing approaches and analysis of large data sets (ie. RNAseq, Small RNAs). Candidates with a proven record in these areas will be seriously considered.


Salary range: Depending on experience and qualifications $42,840-46,344. One year contract, but renewable upon satisfactory job performance.


How to Apply / Contact: Candidates should submit a single PDF containing: cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references to The subject of the email should be “Plant-oomycete interaction position”.





Research Associate - Medicago symbiosis

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 study colonisation processes of filamentous microbes in plants.

The overall aim of this position is to study the interaction of Medicago truncatula with beneficial symbionts and detrimental pathogens. We have recently identified a significant overlap between symbiotic and pathogenic interactions (see Rey et al, 2014, New Phytol. DOI: 10.1111/nph.13233). The successful candidate will take advantage of our established experimental systems to study the interaction of Phytophthora palmivora and mycorrhiza fungi with Medicago truncatula using genetics, transcriptomics, microscopy and biochemical approaches. Candidates will also be able to develop their own research objectives and proposals such as evolutionary aspects of colonisation processes within the frame of our general research. The candidate will be provided with horticultural/technician support and will be able to team up with post docs studying microbial effector biology and monocot resistance breeding.

Candidates must have or be close to finishing a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. plant biology, plant biochemistry). Previous experience with Medicago truncatula, Lotus japonicus or similar legumes is desirable. Proficiency in qPCR analysis, cloning and fluorescence microscopy is also required.

The successful candidate will be fully involved in the basic research in these areas whilst also writing up their research work for presentation and publication. The post holder may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to their research area.

Good communication skills are essential as the post holder will need to work well in a team and collaborate with other researchers in the Institute. Candidates would ideally have published or submitted papers in this area. Candidates should demonstrate a history of science communication (e.g. presentations, outreach activities, teaching).

Salary: up to £37,394
Closing date: 15 April 2015

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.
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Please quote reference PT05617 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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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.





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.


Date Updated: 5/28/15