Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
evolution of fungal-bacterial symbioses
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School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) is the largest academic unit in
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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
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
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.
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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