Jobs and Studentships in Fungal Biology
OPEN ARIADNE PhD position at BIOGER, INRA, Grignon (South of Paris), France
The ARIADNE project at Bioger aims at studying the MAP kinase pathways (Mps1, Hog, Pmk1) of the fungal wheat pathogen /Mycosphaerella graminicola/. These MAP kinases have been already shown to be required for infection. The project will develop transcriptomics approaches using conditional MAP kinase mutants (null or activated) and modified MAP kinases sensitive to specific inhibitors, to identify genes whose expression is controlled by these pathways. These analyses will help deciphering the regulatory networks controlled by these MAP kinases and will benefit from parallel studies in other fungi studied within ARIADNE.
Contact: M-H Lebrun, INRA BIOGER, France
Tel: (+33) 1 30 81 45.51
PhD position in Molecular Ecology of Arbuscular Mycorrhiza,
INRA / Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to work on the molecular ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). The aim of this project is to characterize fungal communities and populations, and associated bacteria, in order to explore the processes generating and maintaining fungal taxonomic and functional diversity. This knowledge will be useful to provide strategies for managing AMF for a more sustainable agriculture and in restoration projects in order to reduce chemical inputs.
Research mycologist - Systematic Mycology & Microbiology Laboratory (USDA), Beltsville, MD (outside of Washington, DC)
The Systematic Mycology and Microbiology Laboratory is seeking a Research Molecular Biologist/Microbiologist/Botanist (Mycology)/Geneticist to conduct independent research developing new knowledge and application of the systematics of fungi that threaten the food supply and serve to control harmful insects and plant pathogens. This scientist will conduct research to characterize fungi both inside and outside of the United States to prevent entry of destructive fungi and lead to the ability to control the diseases they cause. This research will involve determining phylogenetic relationships among members of plant-associated fungi especially those of importance to agriculture; characterizing the genetic variability, population structure and systematic relationships of plant pathogenic fungi; correlating molecular results with morphological characteristics based on examination of specimens; combining molecular and morphological results with existing geographic and host information to accurately define plant pathogenic fungi species; and developing molecular tools for the identification of these fungi. This position has promotion potential to a GS-15. Applications accepted until August 16, 2010.
Graduate Research Assistant (MS) - Fungal colonization dynamics on woody debris in northern forests University of Minnesota (USA)
Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Schilling
Study fungal wood colonization dynamics and subsequent effects on humic inputs in northern forests. This Mellon Foundation-funded position involves fieldwork in Minnesota and Alaska, plus laboratory trials. Both involve molecular tracking of fungi within communities. The successful applicant would join a team, including a second-year PhD student.
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