Postdoctoral Position in Fungal Ecology and Evolution


Contact: Dr. Serita Frey, Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH USA

(Questions can also be directed to Dr. Anne Pringle, University of Wisconsin-Madison, anne.pringle@wisc.edu)

Our laboratory aims to understand connections between microbial community structure and ecosystem function. We document the impacts of environmental change on the diversity, community composition, and function of the soil microbial community, and test whether shifts in the community subsequently influence ecosystem-scale carbon and nutrient cycling dynamics. A recent focus is on anthropogenic drivers of fungal evolution, in collaboration with Dr. Anne Pringle at the University of Wisconsin.

This two-year position will focus specifically on fungal evolution within global change contexts, with an emphasis on how fungi evolve in response to soil warming and simulated nitrogen deposition. The candidate will have the flexibility to explore questions that fall within this general topic area, while building on previous research conducted in the Frey and Pringle Labs. The candidate is expected to have strong interests and experience in evolution and ecology. Expertise in cultivation-based and genomic analyses as applied to soil fungi is highly desirable. The candidate will be expected to work independently, but also cooperatively with other members of the lab and with the Pringle Laboratory. A Ph.D. degree in evolution, ecology, natural resources, microbiology, or related field, along with relevant research experience is required. The target start date is Oct. 1, 2017, though an earlier start date is possible. Review of applications will begin April 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

To apply please send the following items in a single PDF file to Serita Frey (serita.frey@unh.edu): letter of interest/experience, CV, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

Prospective Students


I welcome inquiries from potential graduate students who are motivated, have prior research experience, and are interested in working at the interface between ecosystem and microbial ecology. If you are interested in applying to work with me, please send your CV and a brief description of your background and research experience and interests. While I typically support students on my research grants, I strongly encourage students to seek external sources of funding from programs such as:

• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow/

• National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

• NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants Program: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5234