Professor in Plant-Microbe Interactions


The Faculty of Science of the University of Fribourg / Switzerland (Department of Biology) invites applications for a tenured position of a Professor in Plant-Microbe Interactions

Qualified applicants must have an outstanding track record of successful independent research in the field of Plant-Microbe Interactions. Candidates with a clear emphasis on the microbial partners are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized competitive research programme sustained by external funding.

Teaching experience at university level is expected.

More information about the application procedure (deadline 31.08.2015) as well as the Department of Biology, facilities and curriculum are available at




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.




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”.





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: 7/7/15