Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Diagnosing & Tracking Latent Fungal Infections
A post-doctoral opportunity is available to conduct research that provides critical knowledge of boxwood blight, a destructive fungal disease that is spreading throughout the U.S. and worldwide. The post-doctoral researcher will take a lead on development and implementation of molecular tools to diagnose, quantify and visualize infection by the boxwood blight fungus. The research will yield an improved understanding of how latent, asymptomatic infection of less susceptible boxwood cultivars affects the movement and persistence of the pathogen in the environment.
The position is located at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in the Mycology & Nematology Genetic Diversity & Biology Laboratory located in Beltsville, MD, just 16 miles outside Washington, D.C. This project is just one component of a multi-state, multi-disciplinary initiative focused on mitigating the impact of boxwood blight disease in the U.S. The project involves frequent interactions between USDA-ARS and university collaborators, providing direct access to substantial scientific and computational resources.
Requirements: The position requires a Ph.D. in plant pathology, mycology, molecular biology, microbiology, or a closely related field within four years of the start date. Must have excellent molecular biology skills, and experience manipulating fungi/ microorganisms is required. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including a solid record of peer-reviewed publications.
Preferred qualifications: Proficiency in next-generation-based amplicon sequencing and computational analyses such as R and/or Python; experience developing isothermal amplification assays for pathogen detection; experience with precision fluorescent imaging techniques such as FISH.
Application instructions: To apply, please send: (1) a brief cover letter detailing your research experiences, interests and career goals; (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information of three references to Jo Anne Crouch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The initial appointment period is one year, with reappointment after the first year based on successful performance and availability of funds. The desired appointment start date is February 4, 2019, but will remain open until filled. This position requires a pre-appointment background check, and is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.