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Postdoctoral Position in the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Deadline: 22.2.2015

A postdoctoral position is available in the group of Associate Professor Åke Olson on the Effects of genetic distance on epistasis and fitness in the root-rot pathogen Heterobasidion parviporum. Epistasis is when the effect of one gene depends on the genetic background that the gene is present in. Understanding epistasis in basidiomycetous fungi and how genetic distance of the participating homokaryotic nucleotypes of the vegetative heterokaryotic mycelium influence fitness is vital for a deeper knowledge about selection. The overall objectives is to use the root-rot fungus H. parviporum as a model to challenge the existing concept of cooperation and conflict in basidiomycetous fungi, and to investigate how genetic distance influence epistatic interactions between nuclear and mitochondrial loci, and shape the adaptive landscape in fungal pathogens. The work is conceptually important in contributing to the debate of genetic contribution of the separate haploid nuclei in basidiomycete fungi. It has the potential to provide significant insight to the epistasis effect in this important forest pathogen, and to become a model for further investigations of in fungi.

The candidate must have a Ph. D. in a relevant subject and experience from mycology or microbiology. Furthermore, experiences from the following areas are desired bioinformatics, genetics, fungal genomics, and next generation sequence data analysis. In addition, good communication skills are essential to the project. Funding for 1 + 1 years are available pending adequate progress. Position will become available from 1st of March 2015, but starting date is negotiable. Question can be addressed to Associate Prof. Åke Olson +46 18 671876, or Dr. Mikael Brandström Durling.

Please submit CV, letter of introduction and contact information for references to Associate Prof. Åke Olson no later than the 22nd of February.

ake.olson [at] slu.se
mikael.durling [at] slu.se

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