Faculty Position in Bacteriology

The Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking candidates whose research addresses important questions at the forefront of any area of microbiology in any domain of life. The candidate should place an emphasis on molecular mechanisms underlying their area of research. The full job listing for this tenure track Assistant Professor position can be found here: https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu PVL: 235869

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Bacteriology are committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Deadline to Apply Oct 15 2021

Research Biologist/Microbiologist/Plant pathologist with the USDA

The USDA, ARS, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Peoria, Illinois, is seeking a Research Biologist/Microbiologist/Plant Pathologist. The incumbent serves as a Researcher in the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology (MPM) Research Unit. As a Researcher, the incumbent will conduct research, develop epidemiological models to predict severity of mycotoxin contamination in maize; and determine how future climate predictions might impact the distribution and diversity of mycotoxigenic fungi and mycotoxin contamination in different geographic regions of the U.S. The incumbent will publish peer reviewed journal articles focused on
the epidemiology, ecology and management of ear rot and mycotoxin contamination of maize. The goal of the research is to develop novel approaches to reduce mycotoxin contamination in maize in response to
stakeholder needs.

U.S. Citizenship is required. Applications must be received by the closing date of June 3, 2021.

USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider

From https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/600219900

Location: Peoria, IL

Summary: The incumbent serves as a Research Biologist/ Microbiologist/Plant Pathologist in the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology (MPM) Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Peoria, Illinois. MPM scientists conduct interdisciplinary research in chemistry, microbiology, genetics, and plant biology to produce information and technologies needed to enhance food safety and crop production in the U.S. and around the world.


  • Conducts research focused on the epidemiology, ecology and management of ear rot and mycotoxin contamination of maize.
  • Determines how environmental variables, production practices, and diversity of mycotoxigenic fungi affect disease severity and mycotoxin contamination.
  • Develop epidemiological models to predict severity of mycotoxin contamination in maize.
  • Collaborates with other ARS, university, and private sector scientists to build a multi-disciplinary team necessary for this research.
  • Analyzes, interprets, and disseminates the findings in the form of reports, presentations, and publications in scientific journals.

For further information and complete application instructions, search for announcement

ARS-D21MWA-11098328-JML at https://www.usajobs.gov/
Direct Link: USAJOBS – Job Announcement

Videos of the Student and Postdoc Colloquium

Hello! This page has the videos of recorded MSA Student and Postdoc Colloquium!

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did and feel free to stop by our YouTube channel and subscribe for more!

Daisy Hernandez talks about Ganoderma spp. in California and Robert Blundell talks about the Discovery, identification and implementation of potential biological control agents for pruning wound protection against grapevine trunk diseases. January 2021
Jacob Steenwyck talks about When two become one: The hybrid origin of a filamentous fungal pathogen and Abigail Labella talks about Harnessing synonymous codon usage for reverse ecology in budding yeasts. February 2021
Sebastian Fajardo talks about the Impacts of Phytophthora pathogens on post-fire regeneration and restoration in Angeles National Forest and Lisa Rosenthal talks about how the Direction and drivers of the diversity-disease relationship are distinct across hierarchical levels. March 2021
Dr. Patricia Kaishian, co-founder of the International Congress of Armenian Mycologists, talks about Mycology as a Queer Discipline! 106th Remembrance Day of the Armenian Genocide, April 24th, 21.

Katherine Drotos talks about How an estimate of lichen ecosystem became “fact” and Kyle Gervers talk about how Crown closure affects endophytic leaf mycobiome compositional dynamics over time in Pseudotsuga menzieii var menziesii. June 2021

Post-doc at UC-Riverside (Fungal Ecology)

Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology

University of California, Riverside (UCR)

The Glassman Lab at the University of California, Riverside is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral researcher position focused on fungal ecology. The Glassman lab studies ectomycorrhizal, arbuscular mycorrhizal, and saprobic fungal ecology, bacterial-fungal interactions, decomposition, the impacts of fires on fungi and bacteria, and the use of microbes to improve post-fire regeneration. The recruit has the potential to lead ongoing projects in the Glassman lab or propose their own independent idea relevant to ongoing projects in the Glassman lab. We use a combination of approaches including fieldwork, greenhouse work, culturing, molecular ecology, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and multivariate statistical analyses to advance fungal ecology. For more information on the Glassman lab please visit our website: https://sydneyglassman.wordpress.com.

Applicants should have, or be close to receiving, a PhD in microbial ecology, mycology, molecular ecology, or a closely related area. Applicants with experience working with arbuscular and/or ectomycorrhizal fungi will be given high priority. Additional minimum qualifications include: at least one peer-reviewed first-author publication in a related field, willingness to perform field work in California, effective written and oral communication skills, ability to work well independently and as part of a team, and passion for fungi. Additional necessary qualifications include: bacterial or fungal culturing, expertise in ecological experimental design, programming in R, advanced multivariate statistical analysis, bioinformatics, and molecular techniques including DNA extractions, PCRs, and 16S or ITS sequencing. Experience with or desire to learn network analysis, metagenomics, genomics, or transcriptomics would be a bonus.

UC Riverside is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

How to apply/contact: The position could commence as early as April 15, 2021 but no later than July 15, 2021. Screening will begin February 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Salaries scales for first year post-doctoral researchers begin at $53,460 and are available on this website (https://graduate.ucr.edu/postdoctoral-studies). All UC Riverside Postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate in the Postdoctoral Scholar Benefit Plans, which include medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. Candidates should apply directly to Dr. Sydney Glassman via email to sydneyg@ucr.edu by submitting a single PDF file containing: Curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter indicating your research interests and how you meet the minimum qualifications, and listing the contact information of three references. The subject of the email should be “Postdoctoral Scholar in Fungal Ecology”.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position- Doyle Lab, Louisiana State University

The Doyle Lab at Louisiana State University is recruiting a postdoctoral research associate to be involved in a project to understand the role of soil microbiota in the dieback of Phragmites australis along the Gulf Coast and research to develop approaches leveraging native soil microbes for restoration efforts. The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to play a part in designing and conducting field, mesocosm, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments, analyzing data, writing manuscripts, presenting results at meetings and conferences, and mentoring undergraduates. Prior experience with microbiome data collection and statistical analysis is required. Ability to carry out strenuous work in a hot and humid climate in coastal marsh habitats will be necessary. Demonstrated experience carrying out microbiome studies, preferably in the context of plant-soil-microbe interactions, is required. Preference will be given to those with a background in mycology and/or experience working with fungal and bacterial cultures. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and a willingness and ability to interact and collaborate with other scientists are essential to the success of the research. A valid Louisiana State driver’s license and ability to drive is required at the time of appointment. A start date in March is preferred.

Please contact Vinson Doyle if you have any questions at: vdoyle@agcenter.lsu.edu

Applications should be submitted here

Mycology Colloquium

Hi there! We are planning to have monthly meetings to highlight and offer opportunities to present research!

We encourage you to volunteer and share your research with us!

Do you want to check the recording of previous Mycology Colloquiums? Check our YouTube channel or check them here!

Submit an abstract, title and other info to the following Google Form and we will get in contact with you!


Bioinformatics Resources

Hi there!

This section will list resources for bioinformatics that we thought might be useful!

If you have additional bioinformatics resources you would like us to share send us an email at students.msa@gmail.com.

1. Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

This is a GitHub for the Harvard course of Intro to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology! This resource was set up by: Xiaole Shirley Liu, Joshua Starmer, Martin Hemberg, Ting Wang, Feng Yue, Ming Tang, Yang Liu, Jack Kang, Scarlett Ge, Jiazhen Rong, Phillip Nicol and Maartin De Vries.

2. A ggplot2 Tutorial for Beautiful Plotting in R

This is a tutorial for the ggplot2 package on R. The tutorial was set up by Cédric Scherer, check the following Tweet for more info of the tutorial https://twitter.com/CedScherer/status/1335918784729800704?s=20.

Graduate Student at Whitman Lab

The Whitman Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are recruiting a new graduate student (MS or PhD) to join their Soil Ecology lab starting as soon as summer or fall of 2021!

“Students will work with Dr. Thea Whitman as an advisor to develop a project investigating the effects of wildfires on soil microbial ecology and organic matter biogeochemistry. The ideal candidates would have a strong interest in soil ecology and experience in at least some of the following: field or laboratory research, microbiology, soil science, biogeochemistry, ecology, statistical analyses, or bioinformatics (Python or R).

Students will be enrolled in the Soil Science graduate research program (or can potentially be advised through Plant Pathology, the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program, Agroecology, Environment and Resources, or Environmental Chemistry and Technology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the position will be a 50% Research Assistantship that will include a stipend of $2,068/month. Health care benefits are included in the appointment. UW- Madison has a strong culture of collaboration across fields, and the selected graduate students will interact with researchers from diverse fields, including microbiology, geography, forest ecology, agronomy, and environmental studies.

Applications should be submitted to twhitman@wisc.edu by February 26, 2021, and include a letter describing your interest in the position, a CV, a record of grades (e.g., copy of transcript), and the name and contact information for three references. Successful applicants will need to apply to the Soil Science graduate program through the UW Madison graduate school and be accepted (requires TOEFL scores (if applicable), official transcripts, and letters of recommendation; does not require GRE scores).”

Check Dr. Whitman’s lab website for more info! https://whitmanlab.soils.wisc.edu/

Research Position with the USDA

About this Position:

This position is with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station (NRS). They are seeking for a Research Biologist with an emphasis on mycology, located in Madison, WI. This is a full-time permanent position and the selected candidate will be eligible for a full benefit package including health/life insurance, retirement benefits, vacation and sick leave.

The position will be part of the Center for Forest Mycology Research (CFMR) in the Northern Research Station (NRS Research Work Unit 16). The CFMR is a nationally and internationally recognized source for mycological knowledge and includes a large fungal herbarium and culture collection. The mission of the CFMR is to advance the science of mycology as relates to high-priority fungi critical for forest health and management. The person selected for this position will be responsible for developing research tools and coordinating research teams that address specific solutions to problems that involve high-priority fungi for restoring or maintaining healthy ecosystems. The incumbent is expected to undertake research that will apply mycology, plant pathology and related fields to benefit the health and resiliency of forest resources. Further, the incumbent will be expected to engage CFMR stakeholders and other researchers to define forest health-related research needs in the CFMR over both short and long terms.

Qualification Requirements

Those who are interested must meet the qualification requirements for the GS-­‐0401 series that is covered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions–GS-­‐12-­‐0401: Research Biologist. The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook Manual is available for the review at any federal personnel office OR on the Internet at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-­‐IV/A/gs-­‐admin.asp. Specialized knowledge of mycology will be needed for this position, with a Ph.D. in a field relating to mycology, such as plant pathology, botany, biology, etc., or equivalent experience.

• Go to USAJOBS https://www.usajobs.gov/
o You must set up or have an existing USAJOBS profile.
o Search/locate the announcement number, once available.
o Select position(s) and location(s) you are interested in and begin the application process.
o You must complete and submit your application by the closing date specified on the announcement.

Check more details at https://msafungi.org/research-position-northern-research-station-madison-wi/

PhD Fellowships Plant Pathology at Purdue University

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue has a new PhD training program in Quantitative Plant Pathology (QP3), funded by the USDA and Purdue Research Foundation. QP3 provides funding for students to earn their PhDs in one of 13 plant pathology labs at Purdue: https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/Pages/researchprofiles.aspx. We are searching for talented students who are eager to make a difference through plant pathology.

Plant pathogens cause over $75 billion in crop loss worldwide and threaten to further impact food supply as climate variability and agricultural intensification worsen.  Plant pathologists need skills to analyze big data, develop epidemiological models, or develop models of plant-pathogen interactions on a cellular and molecular scale. The QP3 program will comprehensively train the next generation of plant pathologists in basic studies of molecular plant-microbe interactions as well as applied areas in disease diagnosis, epidemiology and disease management.

First semester students work in three different plant pathology labs to gain experience prior to choosing the laboratory in which to do their PhD. Students can take coursework across a range of plant pathology and quantitative biology courses and participate in a peer-mentoring program. In addition to scientific training, QP3 provides leadership and internship opportunities to prepare students for a variety of scientific careers. With a range of plant pathology faculty and unique imaging and diagnostic resources, Purdue University is uniquely positioned to offer this innovative doctoral training program.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

1.    Undergraduate GPA higher than 3.0

2.    Experience in plant pathology or plant biology (lab, field, academic or industry)

3.    Letter of recommendation from advisor of plant pathology/biology experience

4.    Not previously enrolled in BTNY graduate program at Purdue

The application deadline for QP3 is Dec. 15. Applicants apply to the BPP department through the Purdue Graduate School: https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/, and list ‘plant pathology’ as their area of interest.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi, asi2@purdue.edu.