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  POST DOC position in pathogen evolution and epidemiology

Applications are invited for 18 month post doc (with a possibility of continuation) in the research group of Anna-Liisa Laine as part of the ERC funded PATHEVOL project (Starting Grant scheme). The successful applicant will join the Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Research at the University of Helsinki.

The project is centered on the interaction between host plant Plantago lanceolata and its fungal pathogen Podosphaera plantaginis in the Åland Islands. With 14 years of epidemiological data complemented with intensive disease sampling since year 2010, sequenced pathogen transcriptome and solid experimental protocols, this system offers unique opportunities for testing classic hypotheses regarding pathogen evolution with direct links to epidemiological dynamics. One of the main aims of this position is to study virulence effectors of P. plantaginis using recently generated pathogen transcriptome data, and link effector variation to pathogen phenotype data and large scale epidemiological dynamics.

Recent relevant publications include:
Jousimo, J, Tack, AJM, Ovaskainen, O., Mononen, T., Susi, H., Tollenaere, C. & Laine, A.-L. 2014. Ecological and evolutionary effects of fragmentation on infectious disease dynamics. Science, 344: 1289-1293. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1253621

Tollenaere, C. Susi, H., Nokso-Koivisto, J., Koskinen, P. Tack, A. J. M., Auvinen, P. Paulin, L., Frilander, M. J., Lehtonen, R. & Laine, A.-L. 2012. SNP Design from 454 Sequencing of Podosphaera plantaginis Transcriptome Reveals a Genetically Diverse Pathogen Metapopulation with High Levels of Mixed-Genotype Infection. PLoS ONE 7: e52492. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0052492

The successful candidate should have PhD / post doctoral experience with host-parasite interactions, evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, plant pathology, evolutionary biology or similar, and a strong interest in studying disease in natural populations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to think independently and creatively are required. You must demonstrate ability to work as part of a team, and participate in supervision of more junior group members.

More information:

Starting date: Early 2015
Application deadline: 16 November 2014
Mail your application (CV with publications included, contact details of two references, and a letter (MAX 1 page) with a description of your research interests and why you would be a suitable candidate for the project) as a single pdf file to biotiede-mrg@helsinki.fi.
Informal inquires to anna-liisa.laine@helsinki.fi