Announcements from the FGSC


The FGSC is located in the
Department of Plant Pathology,
Kansas State University


Save the Dates!

The Neurospora 2018 Conference at Asilomar will be held October 18- 21, 2018.

The FGSC moved from Kansas City to Manhattan Kansas (about 200 Km) in November 2014. This is the 4th time the FGSC has relocated since it was founded in 1960




Postdoctoral Positions at TU Wien


There is a recently established PhD program “TU Wien bioactive” with 10 open PhD positions. The program is highly interdisciplinary (informatics, biosciences, chemistry, biophysics, chemical engineering, and civil engineering), and we - as a team - aim to discover and produce bioactive substances in a sustainable way. You can find more information on our homepage:



Two USDA Postdoctoral Positions in Peoria IL


The positions are available in the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology (MPM) Research Unit at the USDA-ARS in Peoria.  MPM scientists have an outstanding, internationally recognized record of discovery and publication regarding Fusarium biology and chemistry.  These full-time positions are funded for 1 year ($61,218 + benefits) with the possibility of annual renewal for up to 4 years.  The successful candidate must hold a PhD in biology, microbiology, chemistry or related field, be proficient in written and oral English, and be a US Citizen.


Both positions are for interdisciplinary projects aimed at controlling mycotoxin contamination in cereal grain.


Position 1 is focused on improving climate resilience of host disease resistance to Fusarium Head Blight of wheat in order to ensure food safety and security.  Depending on her/his background and interests, a successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in one of the following areas: (1) impact of abiotic and biotic stress on host susceptibility; (2) effect of climate-induced changes in the environment on fungal virulence and mycotoxin production; and (3) influence of microbial interactions/phytobiome on plant disease and mycotoxin contamination.  To apply, please email Martha Vaughan at


Position 2 is focused on harnessing meiotic drive elements to limit fumonisin mycotoxin contamination in corn. The project will involve (1) the molecular characterization of the natural meiotic drive element Spore killer in Fusarium and (2) development of a synthetic drive element using CRISPR/Cas9.  For information, please email Daren Brown at immediately (June 19, 2018)




USDA ARS NRRL Culture Collection


There is an opportunity for a scientist to fill one vacant position at the USDA NRRL culture collection. This is an opportunity to conduct research on microbial diversity and contribute to curation of the NRRL. The position will be hired as a one-year contract.


Please contact  Todd J. Ward, Ph.D., Director - ARS Culture Collection (NRRL)

Todd.Ward@ARS.USDA.GOV, 309-681-6394




Post-Doctoral Scientist

Hexagon Bio is seeking a fungal geneticist.




Scientist, Fungal Molecular Biology

ADM Research & Development – Davis, CA


For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 32,000 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 250 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 38 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at                     


Position Summary:

We seek a molecular biologist with exceptional skills to develop filamentous fungal host strains for production of industrial enzymes.  The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and contributing to research projects in collaboration with a cross-organizational team of scientists focused on generation and optimization of fungal enzyme production strains. The individual will be involved in all the steps required for industrial strain construction and testing including experimental design, vector construction, genomic transformation, genome sequence verification, small scale testing, data analysis, interpretation, reporting and follow up discussions.  The individual will also be a highly motivated self-starter and able to work in a fast-paced environment on a multi-disciplinary team.


Job Responsibilities:

•           Design and engineer fungal strains using state-of-the-art methods, microbiological methods, molecular biology, molecular evolution, and other techniques

• Interface and productively collaborate with members of cross-organizational research teams, research and development units, including external and academic partners, and business units

•           Manage or contribute to research projects including planning, strategic direction, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation

•           Maintain laboratory documentation in accordance to required scientific, regulatory, and intellectual property requirements

• Prepare scientific reports and presentations and registration documents as required


Job Requirements:

•           Ph.D. in Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, or a related discipline with industrial biotechnology experience is required.  Alternatively, a Master’s degree with 4 years of industry experience or a Bachelor’s degree with 10 years of industrial experience are required.

•           Hands-on experience and extensive knowledge of fungal genetics, molecular biology, genome manipulation, and construction of filamentous fungal strains for industrial fermentation is essential

• Ability to manage and guide research projects to successful outcomes.

• Strong affinity for lab work in industrial environments; results-oriented mind set

• Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

•           Team player and able to work in global, multidisciplinary teams

•           Creativity, strong problem solving and critical thinking skills

• Computer skills (proficiency with MS Office, scientific software packages is expected)

• Experience with strain/enzyme rational or random evolution principles is a plus


Relocation assistance is available with this position.


This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life, vision, and dental insurance.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.  


ADM is an EOE for minorities, females, protected veterans and individuals with a disability.


Apply at



Post-Doctoral Fellowship

A postdoctoral position in Molecular Genetics is available. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in the project "Molecular characterization of mechanisms involved in pathogenicity and cell signaling in fungi" at the Laboratory of Genetics and Molecular Biology of fungi at Department of Genetics, Ribeirao Preto Medical School, Sao Paulo University, Brazil.

The sub-project to be developed is “Transcription factors and cell signaling". It aims to understand the processes involved in cell signaling, and the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation and modulation of gene expression that allows fungi (dermatophytes) survive in stressful environments such as extremes of pH, nutrient deprivation, and interaction with the host molecules in vitro. Transcription factors, metabolic pathways, and cell signaling will be addressed with this approach.

Candidate Requirements

1) Ph.D. in Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or related fields acquired in the last five years;

2) Experience in microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology techniques, such as RNA extraction, preparation of libraries, analysis of gene expression by RNAseq, Real Time, RT-PCR, among others. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven experience in the molecular biology of fungi. Experience in computational analysis of large-scale data, gene knockout technology, and enzymatic analysis is helpful;

3) Full dedication to project activities.

Documentation for registration

Interested applicants should contact Antonio Rossi by email ( attaching a cover letter in which the applicant justifies the interest in the fellowship, including name, email, and telephone of two professional for references.  Curriculum Vitae and a copy of the doctoral degree. Those interested should apply until May 20, 2018.

The post-doctoral fellowship duration will be 08 months. The monthly stipend of the scholarship will be following FAPESP's norms for post-docs ( The selected candidate will receive a FAPESP's Post-Doctoral Fellowship amounting to R$ 7.174,80 monthly and a research contingency fund, equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the scholarship that should be spent on items directly related to the research activity ( This opportunity is open to candidates of any nationality.



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