Postdoctoral Fellowship in comparative genomics of fungi

The James Lab at the University of Michigan ( is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in comparative genomics of fungi. Research will involve the analysis and generation of genomes and transcriptomes from uncultivated single cells, metagenomes, and cultured fungi and their viruses. Scientific areas of interest are: linking metabolism to genomic signatures, phylogenomics and horizontal gene transfer, host specificity, and host-pathogen interactome.

This position will work at the intersection of multiple projects ongoing in the lab. Study systems include the marine yeast Malassezia, chytrid parasites of algae, amphibian-chytrid symbiosis, and mycoviruses of early diverging fungal lineages.

The ideal candidate will be well-versed in bioinformatics with experience using and creating analytical pipelines for answering biological questions with ‘omics data. Interest and knowledge in fungal or microbial systems is desired. Applicants may be involved with lab or field work depending on experience. Opportunities for mentoring undergraduates or research assistants will be provided. Funding is from NSF and from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with a start date between now and the end of 2021. The initial appointment is for one year with a possibility of extension to a second year pending performance review.

Our lab ( pursues diverse projects in fungal biology and embraces diverse perspectives and backgrounds in STEM. The lab is in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (, an intellectually stimulating environment in a vibrant college town (Ann Arbor, MI).

Interested applicants should email Tim James ( with a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references.