Three Postdoctoral positions and two PhD student positions in Fungal Pathobiology

University of Helsinki, Finland is looking to recruit highly motivated postdocs and doctoral students to work in Applied bioinformatics, Functional genomics, Evolutionary fungal biology, or Fungal molecular biology with primary focus on developing a comparative genomics platform on Fungal Pathobiology.



Fungi (saprotrophs, pathogens, mutualists) associated with cultivated plants and forest trees are known to play fundamental roles in the health of cultivated crops and boreal forests, influencing their vitality and productivity. Comparisons at genomic and gene expression levels between the contrasting plant-fungus situations will help to forward our understanding of key elements in the interactions and the evolution of the various forms. Increasing wealth of fungal genomes sequences is becoming available. The key for maximal usage of data is in advanced methods of bioinformatics. Our aim is to develop a strong platform of theoretical expertise in fungal pathogenomics which will facilitate research and educational goals. This effort is supported by the Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) programme:http://www.fidipro.fi/pages/home.php


Location:
Departments of Forest sciences and Agricultural Sciences. Our laboratory is situated within the Viikki campus of the University of Helsinki. The research group is part of the larger Viikki Biocenter Research Organization with access to state of the art experimental and bioinformatics facilities http://www.biocenter.helsinki.fi/

Applicants:
Students and postdocs with good academic records and strong skills in Applied bioinformatics, functional genomics, evolutionary biology and molecular biology are welcome to apply to any of the positions. Knowledge in plant or forest pathology and mycology are considered as additional merits.
Start date: Immediately and the positions will remain open until filled.

Duration:
Two years for postdocs with potential for one additional year extension, and four years for PhD students
Submit the application with CV, list of publications, and three referees’ reports to Prof. Fred O. Asiegbu, Department of Forest Sciences, P.O. BOX 27 (Latokartanonkaari 7), FI-00014, University of Helsinki, Finland to arrive no later than December 15th, 2010 by 15.45 (local Helsinki time).

For further information about these positions, please contact:
1. Professor Fred O. Asiegbu, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Tel: +358-9-19158109, e-mail: fred.asiegbu@helsinki.fi; http://blogs.helsinki.fi/forestpathology/
2. Academy professor Jari P.T. Valkonen, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Tel. +358-9-19158387, e-mail: jari.valkonen@helsinki.fi; http://www.helsinki.fi/ppvir/research/index.html

3. Professor Yong-Hwan Lee, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-921, Korea, Tel: +82-2-8804674, e-mail: yonglee@snu.ac.kr; http://cfgp.snu.ac.kr

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