Postdoc available in Sept 17 - ecology and omics of fungal endophytes

August 3, 2017

postdoctoral researcher to work on a USDA-funded project studying how fungal endophytes control plant drought responses in switchgrass, sorghum, and maize. The goal of the project is to develop a mechanistic framework for predicting fungal effects on plants at scale. 


We are looking for a highly motivated PhD with the demonstrated ability to carry out outstanding research in plant-fungal ecology. The work will include fungal genomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics. The successful candidate must have experience in these omics approaches, related skills in bioinformatics and phylogenetics. The work requires both greenhouse and field experiments.


Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, microbiology, chemistry, or a related field and demonstrated experience in molecular microbial ecology. The position requires an independent, organized, creative individual who is personable and enthusiastic about working in a collaborative group environment. The postdoc should be comfortable training and mentoring undergraduates and graduate students in methods related to the project.


Interested candidates should send a single pdf file containing the following to Dr. Christine Hawkes (


-cover letter indicating interest in the project

-curriculum vitae

-list of three references including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers

-two representative publications


Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Preferred start date in September 2017. The position will be for one year, with potential for renewable based on performance and funding. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran's status, or sexual orientation.