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Postdoctoral Fellowship on The Genomics of Fungal Adaptations

A two-year postdoctoral fellowship on comparative genomics of Podaxis fungi is available from July 1, 2018 at the Section of Ecology and Evolution within the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
The fellowship will be part of a four-year research project titled "Solutions to Extreme Life in a Global Fungus”, financed by The Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Sciences to Associate Professor Michael Thomas-Poulsen (  The project will be based at excellent research environment of the Centre for Social Evolution (,  with Thomas-Poulsen as main advisor and Professor Nina Gunde-Cimerman (  from the University of Ljubljana as co-advisor. The project will involve sequencing and comparative genomics of selected species of Podaxis. The successful applicant will have bioinformatics experience and an interest in fungal genetics, genomics and evolution.
Project abstract 
Adaptations to abiotic and biotic conditions through natural selection is a cornerstone in the evolution of life, but our understanding of adaptations to harsh conditions in fungi remains sparse. This is especially so for the basidiomycetes, despite their importance in natural ecosystems and for humans. The genus Podaxis is a promising model to elucidate basidiomycete adaptations to harsh environments, because species in this genus have evolved solutions to extreme abiotic and biotic conditions: desert species survive extreme drought and species growing from termite nests avoid antagonism from the insects during exploitation of termite resources. This project involves a complementary international group that will carry out comparative genomics, characterisations of genes of adaptive importance, and identification of putative insecticides in Podaxis, with the ultimate goal to provide fundamental insights into our understanding of fungal adaptations. 
a) A PhD in biology. 
b) Experience with fungal cultures. 
c) Experience with whole-genome sequencing, assembly and analyses. 
d) An interest in comparative genomics, fungal adaptations and evolution. 
e) Creativity and ability to be both team-oriented and independent. 
f) Embrace of an international research environment and interdisciplinary research. 
g) A proven record of excellent English speaking, reading and writing skills. 
Procedures and shortlisting 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether an expert committee will assess their application. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. The Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee, will make the final selection of the successful candidate. 
Place of employment and principal place of work 
University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology, Section for Ecology and Evolution, Universitetsparken 15, Building 3, DK-2100 Copenhagen East. The University of Copenhagen provides a top-notch research environment and the city of Copenhagen provides a vibrant cultural scene.   
Terms of employment 
The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position for a period of two years, contingent on a satisfactory performance, with the specific intent that it results in production of scientific publications. Terms of appointment and payment according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. While negotiation for salary supplement is possible, the starting salary is currently up to 367,627 DKK/year (+ pension up to DKK 62,864) including annual supplement and pension. Further information can be obtained from Dr. Thomas-Poulsen (e-mail:   
How to apply 
Applications must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) statement of research interests and reasons for applying to this position (max 2 pages), (3) curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), (4) copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD), and (5) the names, e-mails, telephone numbers and addresses of 3 referees. In addition to the fulfilment of the above-mentioned qualifications, the main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant, the match with the project, and good interpersonal skills. 
Please forward your application via the job portal of The University of Copenhagen at Job Portal. Press “APPLY NOW” to fill in the application form.  
Deadline for application is April 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM CET. Applications received after the deadline, not using the online application form, or not including the required documents will not be considered. 
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

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