The Garnas lab ( seeks a highly
motivated postdoctoral scientist to study 1) patterns and consequences of
microbial diversity in the beech bark disease (BBD) pathogen complex and
associated bark communities; and 2) impacts of divergent life histories
among the dominant BBD associates on pathogen gene flow and population
structure across the range of the disease. Within this framework, the
successful candidate will be encouraged to develop his/her own ideas to
advance basic and applied knowledge around fungal evolution in the context
of a complex, multi-player decline disease.

Brief background
Beech bark disease (BBD) is a widespread decline disease arising from
complex interactions among a non-native scale insect and at least two
putatively native pathogens that differ in key aspects of their biology and
ecology. Recent work also suggests that associated microbes may play a role
in disease development and/or attenuation. In addition to being highly
relevant ecologically (e.g., to wildlife and to forest stand development),
the BBD system represents fertile ground for scientific inquiry, with many
key questions that are currently unexplored.

Details of the position and skills sought
The ideal candidate will have both experience and a proven publication
record that demonstrates a keen interest and background in population
genetics and/or bioinformatics as well as facility with the core concepts of
eco-evolutionary dynamics. While the research will be primarily lab and
bioinformatics-based, a non-trivial field component to help augment current
collections across the range of the disease may be required, together with
fungal isolation and culture curation. Experience working with fungi is
preferred but not required.

Funding is for 2 years at with an annual salary of $48K plus benefits.
Target start date is October 1, 2017.

The University of New Hampshire and the Department of Natural Resources and
the Environment are home to a vibrant community of productive researchers
with a strong commitment to student success (see: and Located in the town of
Durham, UNH is a beautiful campus surrounded by forest and natural
landscapes. Only 30 minutes from the sea and less than 2 hours from the
White Mountains, outdoor and other recreational activities abound, including
right on campus.

Interested applicants should please send the following as a single pdf file
to [email protected]:
– CV
– Statement of purpose that summarizes research goals/interests/trajectory
and relevant experience
– 2-5 relevant publications, with an annotated list of the applicant’s
role/contribution for each
– Contact information for three references

Position will be open until filled. Review of applications will begin on or
around the first week of July.

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