We are seeking to recruit a motivated post-doctoral fellow to explore macroecological patterns of fungal diversity. The candidate will be expected to analyse diversity patterns of fungal communities using spatial and phylogenetic techniques to explore questions about the drivers and consequences of fungal diversity. The candidate should thus have an ecology, phylogenetics and/or bioinformatics background. The work will be conducted in a collaborative team comprising members of the Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where expertise in mycology, plant pathology, metagenomics, phylogeny and spatial analyses at macroecological scales are housed.

The successful candidate would be required to start by the end of 2015. 

The University of Pretoria is one of Africa's leading research institutes as measured by the quality, diversity and extent of its research outputs. The University offers a supportive and pleasant working environment, which, together with the world class capacity in facilities and expertise at FABI and the Department of Plant Sciences, makes it an ideal place to explore these questions.

Interested candidates should contact Bernard Slippers (bernard.slippers@up.ac.za) or Michelle Greve (michelle.greve@up.ac.za). For more information on the experience of being an international postdoc at the University of Pretoria, Dr Martin Kemler (martin.kemler@fabi.up.ac.za) can be contacted. 

Deadline for applications is 30 August 2015.