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Spatial modeling, molecular epidemiology and phylogeography of plant pathogens

A postdoctoral research position is available in the Phylodynamics Research Group led by David Rasmussen at NC State University in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and Bioinformatics Research Centre. This position is part of a USDA NIFA funded project to track the spread of plant pathogens through agricultural landscapes using population genomic data.

The successful candidate will help our team unify recent advances in spatial epidemiology and population genetics to improve phylogeographic methods for plant and other agricultural pathogens. This will include developing new spatial models to track pathogen spread through complex landscapes and that can identify factors promoting transmission. These spatial models will then be coupled with population genetic methods to infer spatial transmission patterns from pathogen genomic data. In collaboration with co-PIs Ignazio Carbone, Peter Ojiambo and Dorith Rotenberg, the candidate will also help us apply these methods to a wide variety of plant pathogens ranging from viruses to fungal and oomycete pathogens. Because many of these pathogens sexually reproduce or recombine, emphasis will be placed on developing methods that allow for recombination.

North Carolina State University
Closing date
July 15th, 2019
Posted on
June 12th, 2019 18:45
Last updated
June 12th, 2019 18:45