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Postdoctoral position, Ohio State University

The project involves increasing capacity for early detection of fungal forest pathogens by taking advantage of the Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) system currently used in the USA for early detection of forest pests, as well as developing/testing new-ish active trapping spore technologies. The candidate must be proficient in molecular fungal identification and microbiome analysis.

Starting date: The position is available starting 2024 May 1 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for 24 months and potentially renewable, based on availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

Requirements – At a minimum, candidates should have a PhD in plant pathology (forest pathology preferred) or equivalent degree with demonstrated expertise (publication record preferred) in molecular taxonomy (multigene phylogenies/genealogies for fungal species identification), as well as in microbiome characterization using established techniques (high throughput sequencing, bioinformatics pipelines, Qiime II, multivariate analyses, etc.).

The position carries a competitive stipend with full benefits. Please email letter of interest, specifying “Fungal eDNA” in the subject line, accompanied by CV as soon as possible to Pierluigi (Enrico) Bonello ( The CV must include academic record, publication record, and names of at least three professional references.

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Postdoctoral position, Phytopathology Group, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)

This position is in the Phytopathology Group at WSL. The project aims at investigating the effects of urbanisation on taxonomic and functional diversity of foliar fungal endophytes of trees using a third-generation sequencing approach. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the experts from the COST Action Urban Tree Guard. If you are a microbial ecologist/pathologist interested in working with a dynamic group of international researchers’ and you have good organizational, data analysis and writing skills we are looking forward to receiving your application (link provided within attached pdf).


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PhD position, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

PhD student position in forest pathology and silviculture with focus regeneration and restoration of ash after the ash dieback epidemic.

More information  Apply no later than 2023 July 30.

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Phd student position in forest pathology, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

The aim of the PhD student position is a doctoral degree. In this 4-year project the student will primarily do research on biotic threats affecting the growth and survival of poplar, aspen hybrid aspen and birch. The PhD studies include studies on both current threats caused by pathogenic fungi and new invasive pests on-the-horizon for Sweden. The PhD student will get a research education in forest pathology with training in microbiology and molecular ecology.

The PhD student will be included in our research team with focus on forest pathology using empirical data from field studies, and modern molecular techniques used in detection and monitoring. The research group in Forest Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp studies the biology, ecology and epidemiology of endemic and exotic invasive forest pathogens. Our work focuses on aspects of disease control and the interactions of trees with fungi and fungal-like (oomycete) organisms, including host symbioses and tree defense mechanisms. 

Application deadline: 2022-05-31.


The applicant should by the date of admission to PhD studies have a M. Sc. degree in forest pathology or related forest sciences. Other beneficial qualifications are experience in culturing techniques for fungi and plants and DNA analyses, and good communications skills with fluency in written English. Next generation sequencing and bioinformatics are additional merits. Drivers license is a necessity for the work duties. Attached to application should be curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, link to, or copy of master thesis and two listed references with email addresses. Also attached to application should be a written motivation or reflection, of maximum one A4-page written in Swedish or English. The motivation shall discuss the student’s personal interest in the topic of this study and in forest pathology in general.

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I'm pleased to announce we have two fully funded 4 year PhD projects available in Ireland to work on a multi-institute research programme focussed on forest resilience. We would be very grateful if you could share in your networks.

 1.  PhD on Forest pathology and microbiology

 1.  PhD on Pest Risk analyses and ecological modelling

Closing date 18/02/22.

Dr Richard O'Hanlon
Plant pathologist, Plant Science Division
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Backweston Laboratory Campus, Young's Cross, Celbridge, Co Kildare, W23 X3PH, Ireland

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Campas Shaotharlann Bhacastúin, Cros Óg, Cill Droichid, Co. Chill Dara, W23 X3PH.
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