March 2018

There is a Marsden-funded post-doc position and PhD scholarship available at University of Waikato in the lab of Dr Charles Lee. 
Please find adverts attached and note the tight timeline for the post-doc application.

The endosymbiotic microbiome in the Pisolithus fungi facilitates survival in extreme geothermal soils
A PhD scholarship is available from the University of Canterbury to investigate why a fungal species (Pisolithus tinctorius) found throughout geothermal areas in New Zealand and the US host intra-tissue (endosymbiotic) bacterial communities populated with new candidate phyla and novel deeply-branching lineages. We will use molecular, ecological and cultivation techniques to test whether the symbiotic relationship is mutually beneficial, permitting both cohorts to survive in highly-challenging and nutrient-poor geothermal soils. This investigation will expand the diversity of known microbiomes and is critical to understanding carbon and nitrogen cycling in these areas.

The JAMS 7th Annual Symposium is less than one week away! If you have registered for attendance you will receive the Symposium Program on Monday 19 March 2018, however for a quick overview of our annual event see below:
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Symposium begins
1:15pm – 3:10pm
Mike Manefield, University of New South Wales, Australia
"Microbiology as a foundation for ecosystem engineering"
Caroline Chénard, NTU, Singapore
"Understanding viral activity and dynamics are fundamental questions in aquatic microbial ecology"