Postdoctoral Associate | Ecology and Evolution of Fungal-bacterial Symbioses | Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section | School of Integrative Plant Science, CALS
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Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ecology and evolution of fungal-bacterial symbioses
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) is the largest academic unit in Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, providing a unifying framework for five sections with interrelated activities: Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil & Crop Sciences. The sections are associated with distinct disciplines and graduate fields, but are increasingly connected by urgent local and global challenges and the revolutionary scientific tools now available.
The Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Sciences has been an active center of investigation for more than a century and boasts an impressive legacy of scholarship in research and education in topics such as pathogenesis, plant immunity, plant-associated microbes, and sustainable methods to suppress plant disease. Our faculty and staff have a rich history of developing leaders in plant biology throughout the world, and our alumni remain engaged and in close contact with each other and department faculty.
A postdoctoral position is available in the Pawlowska Lab at Cornell University to work on the NSF-funded project "Unravelling the influence of endosymbiotic bacteria on the biodiversity of Mucoromycota fungi." The postdoctoral associate will investigate how endosymbiotic bacteria (EB) contribute to ecological community assembly and evolutionary diversification of early-divergent fungi in the phylum Mucoromycota, with a particular focus on the subphylum Glomeromycotina, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
The project is an exciting collaboration between the Pawlowska lab at Cornell and partners at Oregon State University and North-West University in South Africa.
Responsibilities will include: (1) addressing project objectives of field sample collection, identification of fungi and their EB using culture-dependent and culture-independent methods, ecological analyses of fungal diversity across spatial scales, experimental manipulation of fungal communities to understand the role of EB in fungal community assembly, phylogenetic analyses of coevolution between fungal hosts and EB, as well as gene expression, proteome and metabolome profiling of fungal-bacterial symbioses, (2) mentoring undergraduate assistants working on the project, and (3) assisting with outreach activities.
Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of fungal and bacterial biology as well as experience in working with early-divergent fungi, with a particular focus on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
Anticipated Division of Time
Lab Research 90% Field Research 10%
PhD in Plant Biology, knowledge of fungal and bacterial biology, experience in working with early-divergent fungi, with a particular focus on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
Anticipated travel 3-5 weeks/per year.
This position may supervise students.
Applicants should submit a cover letter that addresses the requirements above, and include a statement of your research interests, a curriculum vitae, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the names and contact information for three references via Academic Jobs Online. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 1, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.
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