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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: 55,000

Location: Stanford, CA

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION

We are accepting applications for a postdoctoral position that involves the analyses of molecular aspects of photosynthetic processes and their control by light and metabolic signals. The work, which will use the model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, will involve a strong knowledge of molecular and biochemical techniques and assays to measure photosynthetic activity (see below). The successful applicant will work at the Carnegie Institution for Science (on the Stanford campus) but will interact with other principal investigators associated with the project who are in both the USA and Europe.

Desired skills

  1. Strong understanding of molecular biology and biochemical techniques including cloning, sequencing, gene expression analyses such as RNA-seq and RT-qPCR, transformation and the use of selections and reporter genes, assays for protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions (hybridization capture of chromatic associated proteins), immunodetection of proteins and the use of immunology to localize proteins in the cell, subcellular fractionation using various chromatography techniques.
  2. Experience in measuring photosynthetic activities through gas exchange and spectrophotometric and fluorescence techniques.
  3. Experience growing and performing genetic crosses with the unicellular algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

Responsibilities

  1. Designing and performing experiments.
  2. Writing manuscripts and reports.
  3. Working with other postdoctorals and PIs in collaborative efforts.
  4. Presenting the work at lab meetings, local meetings and scientific conferences.
  5. Mentoring junior people in the lab.
  6. Participating in the tasks needed to maintain the lab.

The position is for 3 years depending on the performance of the successful applicant.  Please send a letter indicating your interest, a full CV and have three reference letters sent to Arthur Grossman, preferably by email.

Arthur Grossman

Department of Plant Biology

The Carnegie Institution for Science

260 Panama Street

Stanford, CA 94305

Research Assistant/Associate

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $40k – $60k

Location: Stanford, CA

A Research Assistant/Associate position is available in the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science, located in Stanford, California, to participate in a research project that maps protein networks in plants by expressing tagged proteins in transgenic plants.

This is a full time, salaried position with benefits.

Qualifications:

The qualified candidates must have a B.S or higher degree in biology or chemistry, research experience with molecular cloning, good communication skills and ability to work effectively as a part of a team. Experience in protein purification is a plus.  

To apply, please send email to zywang24@stanford.edu with your CV, a brief statement of your research experience and career goal, and email addresses of three references.  

The Carnegie Institution, a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences, was founded and endowed by Andrew Carnegie in 1902. Andrew Carnegie conceived the Institution’s purpose “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery, and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind.” The Department of Plant Biology engages in basic research on the mechanisms involved in the growth and development of photosynthetic organisms. The Department of Plant Biology is co-located with the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology on a seven-acre site on the campus of Stanford University.

 

Lab Technician-Part Time

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: Based on experience

Location: Baltimore, MD

The Ludington lab seeks a part-time media preparation technician (10-12 hours per week) to make fruit fly food, bacterial agar plates, and liquid bacterial culture broth. This role provides fundamental support to our gnotobiotic fruit fly work. The technician will be a part of the lab and may receive training to take on more responsibilities. Candidates should be highly experienced in sterile technique.

Job Duties:

  • Prepare fruit fly food under sterile conditions using an autoclave, filter sterilization, and a tissue culture hood.
  • Prepare bacterial agar plates under sterile conditions using an autoclave, filter sterilization, and a MediaJet.
  • Keep track of media supplies and coordinate orders for the lab to maintain ample supplies. This will require daily to weekly coordination with the lab manager.
  • Maintain precise records of work.
  • Communicate with lab manger about the needs of the lab to plan work.
  • Other assigned duties where training will be provided.

Other Responsibilities:

Organize assigned projects within a daily schedule to ensure goals are met. Meet routinely with supervisor. Report work issues to supervisor promptly to assist resolution.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in relevant science area and 6 months of relevant lab experience.
  • Knowledge and practice of sterile technique and other basic laboratory biology practice.
  • Ability to follow established written protocols independently after training.
  • Ability to calculate recipes for chemical solutions.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.Ability to work independently and effectively
  • Ability to work independently and effectively.
  • Maintain the fly room, bacteria culture area, sink area, chemical shelves and chemical weigh in area.

Additional information:

The Department of Embryology is one of six departments comprising the Carnegie Institution for Science. The department functions as a private, non-profit research institute affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University and is located adjacent to the JHU Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. The department consists of 10 laboratories studying a variety of questions in cell and developmental biology. For more information about the Department, visit https://emb.carnegiescience.edu/

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Please submit a copy of your resume or CV with the application. 

 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Stipend Scale

Location: Baltimore, MD

The Zheng Lab at the Department of Embryology seeks ambitious postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing one of the following two areas of research listed below.

The role of genome organization in development, tissue function, and aging.

How cells in different lineages acquire and maintain their unique genome architecture has remained poorly understood. We use various tools and organisms to study how genome organization in different cells influences lineage specification and terminal differentiation, how such organization is maintained in differentiated cells, and whether genome dis-organization accompanies aging and contributes to organ decay.

Selected publications:

  1. Kim Y…Zheng Y (2011). Mouse ES cells do not need any lamins but proper organogenesis requires lamin-Bs. Science 334:1706-1710.
  1. Jia J…Zheng Y (2012). Regulation of pluripotency and self-renewal of ES cells through epigenetic threshold modulation and mRNA pruning. Cell 151:576–589.
  1. Chen H, Chen X, and Zheng Y (2013). The nuclear lamina regulates germline stem cell niche organization via modulation of EGFR signaling. Cell Stem Cell 13:73-86.
  1. Chen H, Zheng X, and Zheng Y (2014). Age-associated loss of lamin-B leads to systemic inflammation and gut hyperplasia. Cell 159:829-843. Zheng X…Zheng Y (2018). Lamins organize the global three-dimensional genome from the nuclear periphery. Molecular Cell DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molcel.2018.05.017 .

Cell division mechanisms

We are interested in understanding how cells segregate chromosomes equally into daughter cells using mitotic spindle apparatus. We discovered protein complexes called γ-tubulinring complex (γTuRC) and γ-tubulin small complex (γTuSC) that mediate microtubule nucleation and organization in mitotic and interphase cells. By using the powerful Xenopus egg extract system, we and others have uncovered an important signaling pathway mediated by the nuclear small GTPase Ran that regulates multiple aspects of cell division. More recently we discovered a new spindle assembly factor called BuGZ that regulates mitosis in part by its ability to undergo protein phase separation or transition.

Selected publications:

  1. Zheng Y…Mitchison TJ (1995). A γ-tubulin ring complex from the unfertilized eggof Xenopus laevis can nucleate microtubule assembly in vitro. Nature 378:578-583.
  1. Wilde A & Zheng Y (1999). Stimulation of microtubule aster formation and spindle assembly in Xenopus egg extracts by the small GTPase Ran. Science 284:1359-1362.
  1. Wiese C…Zheng Y (2001). Role of importin-b coupling Ran to downstream targets in microtubule assembly. Science 291:653-656.
  1. Tsai M-Y…Zheng Y (2006). A mitotic lamin B matrix induced by RanGTP required for spindle assembly. Science 311:1887-1893.
  1. Jiang H…Zheng Y (2014). A microtubule-associate zinc finger protein, BuGZ, regulated mitotic chromosome alignment by ensuring Bub3 stability and kinetochore targeting. Developmental Cell 28:268-281.
  1. Jiang H…Zheng Y (2015). Phase transition of spindle-associated protein regulate spindle apparatus assembly. Cell 163:108-122.

Additional information:

The Department of Embryology is one of six departments comprising the Carnegie Institution for Science. The department functions as a private, non-profit research institute affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University and is located adjacent to the JHU Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. The department consists of 10 laboratories studying a variety of questions in cell and developmental biology. For more information about the Department, visit https://emb.carnegiescience.edu/

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Please submit a copy of your resume or CV with the application.  If you have further questions please reach out to Dr. Yixian Zheng, Principal Investigator.

 

Executive Assistant to Research Scientist, Stanford, Part Time

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

Part-time (10 to 16 hours per week, 1000 hours a year max) Executive Assistant needed to support work of a research scientist and their lab of postdoctoral researchers. The successful candidate could either come in to the office on the Stanford campus for several hours most days of the week, or most of the working day on two or three days of the week. There is significant flexibility with hours, but availability to cross over with some of the Research Scientist’s typical hours in the office (Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm) is important.

Job summary and skills

The Executive Assistant will help manage the time of the Research Scientist, allowing them to spend maximum time on scientific work and minimum on bureaucracy. If the senior scientist is spending time managing the Executive Assistant, then it is not working. Therefore, the successful candidate needs to be able to take direction, work with independence and use their initiative. Characteristics of the successful candidate are high levels of organization, reliability, discretion, trustworthiness, intelligence, written and verbal communication skills, and motivation.

Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • managing calendar
  • help Research Scientist stay on top of to-do list and action items
  • responding to routine emails
  • monthly credit card reconciliation
  • financial paperwork and other bureaucracy
  • supporting lab members in administrative tasks
  • collaborate with other staff
  • liaising with visitors to lab and prospective postdocs on logistics and arranging their reimbursement of expenses
  • letter writing
  • logistical support for research expeditions and events
  • website updating
  • keeping track of lab equipment and assets

Depending on the candidate’s qualifications and interests, job functions could expand to include: helping prepare figures for publication, helping with video production, etc, and/or helping to direct people engaged in some of these functions.

While it is hoped that the successful candidate will continue in these roles for the long term, the initial two-month period will be probationary; further action will be required to extend employment beyond this initial period.

More information about our group is available here: http://dge.stanford.edu/labs/caldeiralab/ . Potential applicants must apply with CV and covering letter explaining suitability for the role with reference to the characteristics mentioned above, via the ‘apply now’ button below.
The position will remain open until filled.

The Carnegie Institution for Science does not discriminate based on race, sex, age, physical condition, or country of national origin. The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer.

Investment Director

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

Job Title:        Investment Director

Reports to:      Chief Investment Officer

Status:             Full‐Time    

Location:        Washington, DC

Position Summary:

Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non‐profit, private endowment headquartered in Washington, DC. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals—men and women—with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the West and East Coasts. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology.

The Investment Director role will be structured as a generalist position that will seek out, research, and underwrite investment opportunities across a broad range of asset classes e.g., hedge funds, private equity and public/private credit investments. This role will be an integral part of the Institution’s investment group, which has responsibility for implementing the investment policy established by the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees.

The Investment Director performs a range of related duties as necessary to support the overall activities of the investment group in collaboration with the Chief Investment Officer including but not limited to fund manager sourcing across asset classes, front office due diligence, operational due diligence and ongoing monitoring of existing relationships. They are also responsible for staying abreast of market conditions and developments that may affect the Institution’s investment holdings.

Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualizes, executes, and evaluates investment strategies across hedge fund, long-only, fixed income, private equity, public/private credit and public market investments. Continually explore, identify, evaluate, and recommend new investment opportunities and managers. Develop investment recommendation memos for review and refinement by the Chief Investment Officer and presentation to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of existing investments and investment managers through continuous review of portfolio analytics, manager meetings, and manager communications.
  • Participate in the institutional investment community, representing the Endowment, maintaining relationships, sharing information, and assessing trends.
  • Support the Chief Investment Officer in all aspects of Investment Committee relations, asset allocation, and liquidity management.
  • Execute due diligence reviews on prospective investment managers, evaluate operational support structure, internal controls, and conduct operational due diligence.
  • Adhere to and ensure compliance with the Endowment’s investment policy, the investment group’s policies and procedures, and all relevant legal, regulatory, and ethical standards.
  • Assist in endowment operations as needed.

Education and Experience:

  • The Investment Director position requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and five to ten years of substantive investment experience. Desirable experience includes the evaluation, monitoring, and selection of private equity, credit, real estate, and alternative strategies. An MBA or CFA is preferred.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • The Investment Director position requires a high level of intellectual, analytic, and problem-solving ability, as well as broad knowledge of and passion for investment markets, instruments, and practices.
  • The candidate must demonstrate strong, critical intelligence and a high level of attention to detail.  With these attributes, the Investment Director will possess the ability to conduct and interpret in-depth analyses without losing sight of the larger picture.
  • The position requires an individual who is self-motivated and proactive, with the confidence, courage, and intelligence to develop and promote non-consensus investment recommendations. The director must have a strong team orientation and exceptional communication skills in order to convey ideas and results to colleagues formally and informally (in writing and verbally), in a logical, concise, and coherent manner, and to be highly effective in external interactions. The position requires superior organizational and quantitative skills as well as strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Computer skills include a solid command of information management applications including Excel and PowerPoint and a familiarity with eVestments is an advantage. Travel (domestic and international) is required.

*Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with work experience and skills.

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume. Only applications with both cover letters and resumes will be considered. No phone or email inquiries please.

Please apply by clicking on the below link:

https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/investment-director/

All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Manager of Strategic Development Events

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

About Carnegie Institution for Science

Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington (“Carnegie”) in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery.  His intention was for the institution to be home to exceptional individuals—men and women with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields.  The Carnegie Institution of Washington is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 institution.

Carnegie is headquartered in Washington, DC and has six departments located in 4 cities: the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, DC; the Department of Embryology in Baltimore, MD; The Observatories in Pasadena, CA, and Las Campanas, Chile; and the Departments of Plant Biology and Global Ecology in Palo Alto, CA. Carnegie Science is seeking a full-time Manager of Strategic Development Events to initiate, plan, and execute Carnegie’s development events for the institution.

Manager of Strategic Development Events

The Manager of Strategic Development Events is a consummate events administrator who will work closely with the Associate Director of Advancement Services to initiate, plan, and execute Carnegie Science’s development events–a combination of onsite and off-site outreach, recognition, cultivation, stewardship, and/or fundraising events.

In-person engagement opportunities–whether intimate dinners with prospective donors, or larger donor appreciation events–are crucial components of Carnegie’s major and principal gift cultivation strategies. The ideal candidate will understand how to use events featuring the president, senior leadership, and trustees to strategically engage donors.  The incumbent will also play a key logistical role in Carnegie’s public outreach program, the Capital Science Evening lecture series, at its Washington, DC headquarters.

The Manager of Strategic Development Events ensures that donor engagement and stewardship goals are met through tailored, well-executed events.  Events play a crucial role in connecting donors and prospects with Carnegie Science’s mission, top researchers, and most engaging science. The successful Manager of Strategic Development Events will be adept at soliciting ideas and driving the process of translating vision into reality.

Primary Responsibilities:

Event Strategy

  • In consultation with the Associate Director of Advancement Services and gift officers, develop the annual outreach and events strategy and maintain the execution calendar.
  • Collaborate with Development Team to determine how to best utilize strategic events as part of overarching engagement and stewardship initiatives, and recommend events (type, location, size) to cultivate and steward specific donor groups, including Carnegie giving societies.
  • Act as a liaison with departments and coordinate headquarters events calendar with regional/department events calendars.
  • Identify and network with key local partners to execute engaging events.
  • Maintain vendor relationships to secure the best rate or donation of services needed for events.
  • Build a development events resource hub, with curated resources on partners, vendors, event best practices, samples, templates, and protocols.

Event Coordination

  • Act as staff lead and on-site manager during development events, overseeing activities, staff, vendors, and volunteers to ensure satisfaction of participants, and flawless event execution.
  • Lead the planning and execution of all engagement and stewardship events attached to the semiannual Board of Trustee meetings, including dinners, departmental tours, etc.
  • Working closely with prospect relationship managers, lead the planning and execution of donor engagement and stewardship events, including donor appreciation events, intimate donor cultivation dinners, small group educational travel programs, and house parties.
    • Work with Advancement team and relevant departmental staff to develop event theme and program and assist in securing or preparing feature program speakers as needed.
    • Track invitations and responses in Salesforce database.
    • Arrange for appropriate event space.
    • Secure vendors for AV, catering, decorations, etc.
    • Recruit event volunteers–internal and external–as needed.
    • Create detailed briefings and event staffing plans and schedules.
    • Ensure all relevant Carnegie staff are briefed on logistics and attendees.
    • Manage the design, copy and production deadlines for all event collateral including invitations (electronic and hardcopy), scripts/talking points, briefings, program, signage, etc.
    • Manage table assignments, nametags, event look-and-feel, AV, signage, check-in.
  • Provide logistical support for the Capital Science Evening lecture series.

Event Follow-up

  • Develop a consistent event follow-up strategy, and execute with key staff follow-up communications, including thank-yous, acknowledgments, cultivation materials, and other collateral.
  • Lead post-event debriefs and collect and analyze feedback from staff and guests to make recommendations for improving future effects.
  • Work with Carnegie Science staff to collect and upload qualitative and quantitative event data.

Key Attributes

  • Strategic, creative, imaginative, and critical thinker with the ability to link Carnegie Science’s mission and program objectives with donors’ interests and priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and thorough follow-up.
  • Facility with data and databases, and the ability to analyze and report on data as it relates to events and engagement.
  • Superior project and process management skills including planning, coordinating, and organization.
  • Can build internal and external partnerships, and can balance a partner organization’s vision with Carnegie’s for co-sponsored events.
  • Highly proactive, responsive, timely, accurate and thorough in follow-through.
  • Can advance projects independently; knows when to include key decision-makers, and when to be proactive in moving projects along.
  • Can manage spending and work creatively within a budget to execute high-quality engagement opportunities.
  • Ability to prioritize and work in a fast-paced environment and to juggle multiple projects.
  • Superior customer service skills.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum three years of experience in event coordination, preferably in a development environment, or a combination of events and develop experience in a non-profit charitable organization.
  • Demonstrated capacity to create and execute a variety of events: from intimate gatherings, to high-profile, large-scale events.
  • Superior organizational skills, accuracy and precision in handling timelines and details.
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel, and experience with donor databases (Salesforce preferred).
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team atmosphere.
  • Budget management experience, preferably for events.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments.
  • Experience in communications, marketing, or design a plus.
  • Flexibility to travel and work extended hours.

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume. Only applications with both cover letters and resumes will be considered. No phone or email inquiries please. Please apply by clicking on the below link:

https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/manager-of-strategic-development-events/

 

All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Assistant to the General Counsel

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

Administrative Assistant to the General Counsel Position

Job Title:             Administrative Assistant to the General Counsel

Reports to:         General Counsel

Status:                  Full‐Time

Location:             Washington, DC

Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non‐profit, private endowment headquartered in Washington, DC. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals—men and women—with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the West and East Coasts. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology.

 Position Summary:

 Administrative Assistant to the General Counsel

The Carnegie Institution for Science is seeking an Administrative Assistant to support the General Counsel.  This role will provide senior level administrative support to the General Counsel while prioritizing and supervising day-to-day administrative operations of the Office of the General Counsel.   Responsibilities include the following:

  • Manage workflow for legal, Intellectual Property and Board activities
  • Assist the General Counsel with all Board of Trustees responsibilities including meeting logistics and preparation of meeting materials. Disseminate documentation related to board activities using a variety of electronic means, including the electronic board portal.
  • Support the General Counsel and legal team by assisting with daily activities and special projects such as the creation and maintenance of legal and regulatory documents and files.
  • Responsible for handling extremely confidential material and using appropriate discretion for a wide variety of legal and Board of Trustees matters.
  • Coordinate projects including: planning, development, process evaluation, implementation and on-time delivery of projects.
  • Create and review correspondence and materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Manage General Counsel’s calendar and monitor commitments for the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Track and execute reporting and filing requirements.
  • Work collaboratively with a variety of departments across the Institution. Act as a liaison with these areas to coordinate efforts to meet Board meeting and other deadlines.
  • Track expenditures and revenues and prepare reports and invoices.
  • Other duties as assigned by the General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel.

Education and Experience

  • 5+ yrs. of senior administrative level assistant experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience in formatting documents, compiles reports and prepares agendas, and background materials.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Experience with calendaring, organizing meetings and events and making travel arrangements.
  • Superior planning, organizational, analytical and project management skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks at one time including managing multiple clients and deadlines.
  • Strong proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel.  Working knowledge of Google Suite.
  • Able to exercise good judgment and remain solution-oriented across a variety of situations.
  • Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and experience interacting with executives, directors and clients/vendors.
  • Ability to communicate and present clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Highest degree of ethics and integrity

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume. Only applications with both cover letters and resumes will be considered. No phone or email inquiries please.

Please apply by clicking on the below link:

https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/administrative-assistant-to-the-general-counsel-2/

All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Computational biology postdoc position to study transcriptional regulation of metabolism in plants

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location:

A postdoctoral researcher position is available immediately in laboratory of Dr. Sue Rhee at Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology. The project aims to systematically examine the transcriptional regulation of plant metabolism using multiomics approaches. The successful candidate will lead the collaborative project and develop novel computational methods and algorithms for multi-omics datasets integration (e.g. RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, HiC, and ATAC-seq).

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Plant Biology, or a related field, and a strong background in programming, statistics as well as a strong interest in development of new computational algorithms to address interesting biological problems. Candidates with experience in machine learning are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidates should also have demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, excellent communication and teamwork skills, and enthusiasm for learning new knowledge.

The Carnegie Institution, a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences, was founded and endowed by Andrew Carnegie in 1902 and incorporated by an act of Congress in 1904. Andrew Carnegie conceived the Institution’s purpose “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery, and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind.” The Department of Plant Biology engages in basic research on the mechanisms involved in the growth and development of plants and algae. The Department of Plant Biology is co-located with the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology on a seven-acre site on the campus of Stanford University.

A bioinformatics postdoc position to study the origin and diversification of metabolic gene clusters in plants

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Palo Alto, CA

A postdoctoral researcher position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Sue Rhee (https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/labs/rhee-lab) in the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, CA.

The main goal of the project is to develop computational methods to predict and analyze metabolic gene clusters involved in producing novel secondary metabolites in plants. The project has opportunities to use genomics and functional genomics data in plants to develop algorithms that can accelerate the discovery of secondary metabolic pathways in plants.

The Rhee Lab has pioneered the development of new computational algorithms to predict metabolic gene clusters:

  • Schlapfer et al. Genome-Wide Prediction of Metabolic Enzymes, Pathways, and Gene Clusters in Plants. Plant Physiology. 2017.
  • Chavali and Rhee. Bioinformatics tools for the identification of gene clusters that biosynthesize specialized metabolites. Briefings in Bioinformatics. 2017.

 

The successful candidate may build upon existing methods in the Rhee Lab to develop algorithms with improved performance. In addition to predicting metabolic gene clusters, the candidate will be motivated to study the origin and diversification of metabolic gene clusters by using evolutionary and comparative genomics approaches. The postdoc will be part of a consortium that includes several pioneering labs in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering to experimentally test the functions of these gene clusters in yeast and in planta.

Qualified candidates must have: 1) a Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Evolutionary or Population Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Engineering or related field; 2) expertise or fluency in large-scale data analysis, statistics, genomics, machine learning, and/or related field; and 3) proficiency in programming (R, Perl, Python, MATLAB, etc.). The successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate independent and critical thinking, ability and initiative to learn new things, excellent communication and teamwork skills, and a passion for biological research.

The Carnegie Institution, a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences, was founded and endowed by Andrew Carnegie in 1902 and incorporated by an act of Congress in 1904. Andrew Carnegie conceived the Institution’s purpose “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery, and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind.” The Department of Plant Biology engages in basic research on the mechanisms involved in the growth and development of plants and algae. The Department of Plant Biology is co-located with the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology on a seven-acre site on the campus of Stanford University.

Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Optimization of Idealized Near-Zero-Emission Energy Systems

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive Salary

Location: Stanford, CA

We seek to understand basic principles relating to how various cost and performance characteristics of energy technologies would affect their penetration in possible future near-zero-emission energy systems. For example, under what conditions would two different battery technologies, one with higher capital costs and round-trip efficiency and another with lower capital costs but lower round-trip efficiency, be able to co-exist in a future energy system and under what conditions would one of these battery technologies drive out the other? Similar questions can be asked about a wide range of technology choices. It is hoped that the understanding gained would inform R&D investment aimed at near-zero-emission energy system innovation, and also help indicate how deployment choices could help maintain optionality and avoid technological lock-in.

Coming from a physical science and engineering cost perspective, and putting aside political and policy constraints, we seek to define an idealized system and then solve it exactly, in the hopes that the conceptual understanding gained will inform decision-making in the real world.

Our initial focus will be on optimization of a schematic model of electricity and fuels sectors. The research will utilize a spatially-unresolved functional model of energy transformations and uses to evaluate different technical solutions for decarbonizing electricity production. Technology options include, but are not limited to: intermittent electricity generation technologies (solar, wind), energy storage (batteries, compressed air, thermal, pumped hydro, power-to-gas-to-power), flexible generation (natural gas w/ and w/o CCS, flexible nuclear, traditional hydro) and baseload generation (nuclear, coal). Electricity and heat to fuels is also of interest, as are demand side components, such as demand management and increases in demand due to vehicle electrification or power-to-fuel transitions, among others. Later analysis could involve extension to explicitly consider spatial dimensions.

A successful candidate will play a major role in planning and executing these techno-economic investigations and communicating the results through peer-reviewed publications and direct engagement with public and private technology investment and policy decision makers.

The position will involve working with Ken Caldeira at the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology and Adam Brandt of the Stanford Department of Energy Resources Engineering on the Stanford University campus.

We maintain an exciting collegial atmosphere, working in a diverse group that includes climate modelers, energy-system analysts, assessment experts, and field researchers. Carnegie Institution post-docs have access to most Stanford facilities.

The initial term will be for one year with the potential for renewal for a second year up to a maximum of four years. Positions are available now and we are flexible with regard to start date.

Candidates with a PhD in engineering or a related scientific or technical field, or comparable experience, are particularly encouraged to apply. Achievement in the area of scientific publication, or comparable evidence of being able to complete high quality work in a timely manner, is a primary filter determining which applications receive greater consideration. Compensation for this position includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Ken Caldeira at kcaldeira@carnegiescience.edu and/or Adam Brandt at abrandt@stanford.edu, however formal applications for employment must be submitted by clicking on the blue bar below.

To be considered, please include a cover letter and CV.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, sex, age, physical condition, or country of national origin.

Director, Department of Global Ecology

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary:

Location: Palo Alto, CA

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment headquartered in Washington, DC. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals—men and women—with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the West and East Coasts. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology.

The Carnegie Institution for Science is seeking a Director for the Department of Global Ecology to lead the department in multidisciplinary basic research programs that include, for example, Ecology, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Analysis, Energy Systems, and response to Climate Change. The Department of Global Ecology is co-located with the Department of Plant Biology, which maintains independent research programs in Plant Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, and Phenomics.

The Director will be expected to maintain an active scientific program and to provide general scientific leadership for the staff, who currently focus on the research themes mentioned above. The successful candidate will have a strong record of scientific excellence in at least one of the following areas: Ecology, Earth System Science, Biogeochemistry or Geostatistics. The Department of Global Ecology is located on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, CA. It presently consists of 4 staff scientists, 10-20 postdoctoral fellows, and a supporting technical staff. All scientific staff salaries, several postdoctoral fellows, and a major part of the research program are covered by endowment funds. Research grants make up the balance of the funding. This position will report to the President of the Institution, currently Dr. Matthew Scott. The Director will be responsible for the advancement of the program, as well as development, budget, and scientific/administrative oversight.

Application Instructions

Potential candidates should send a CV and a letter of interest, attached as a single combined PDF file to dge-search@carnegiescience.edu. Only applications received at this address will be considered, and applicants should not apply through this site nor via the link below.

The review of applications will begin on January 15, 2017 and the position will remain open until it is filled.

All applications will be kept in the strictest confidence.

The Carnegie Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: DOE

Location: Stanford, CA

Postdoctoral Research Associate

A postdoctoral position is available immediately to work on a project with the long term objective to re-engineeralgal and (crop) plant plastids for N2fixation. A combination of bioinformatics, molecular and synthetic biology tools will be used to design and re-engineer the N2 fixation gene cluster into a non-N2 fixing cyanobacterium along with other significant modifications.

A highly motivated and creative person, with strong training in molecular biology/bioinformatics and preferably experience working with cyanobacteria/microbes or synthetic biology will be ideal. Postdoctoral fellows will have the unique opportunity to work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary international team.

The Carnegie Institution for Science is on the Stanford campus, in the San Francisco Bay area, with opportunities for extensive social and scientific interactions. The project is funded by NSF and the contract will be for one year at time and renewable based on performance.

The Carnegie Institution of Science is an equal opportunity employer.

Post Doctoral Fellow – Department of Plant Biology (Wang Lab)

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Stanford, CA

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a non-profit, world-class research institution. Carnegie’s Plant Biology is located on Stanford University campus, California. Website: www.dpb.carnegiescience.edu.

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Zhi-Yong Wang at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, to study plant growth regulation mechanisms. The Wang lab uses a wide range of approaches, including genetics, proteomics and genomics, to elucidate the signaling networks through which plants respond to hormonal, environmental, and nutritional signals. The lab focuses on the model organism Arabidopsis, but is also interested in other model systems such as Chlamydomonas, maize, and sorghum. The specific research projects for the new postdoctoral fellow will be determined based on the interest and expertise of the candidate as well as the ongoing research of the lab. To learn more about our research, please visit our website at: https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/labs/wang-lab

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in a field broadly related to life science. To apply, please send email to zywang24@stanford.edu your CV and a brief statement of your experience, research interest, and how you may contribute to our science and how such training experience may advance your career goal.

The Carnegie Institution, a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences, was founded and endowed by Andrew Carnegie in 1902. Andrew Carnegie conceived the Institution’s purpose “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery, and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind.” The Department of Plant Biology engages in basic research on the mechanisms involved in the growth and development of photosynthetic organisms. The Department of Plant Biology is co-located with the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology on a seven-acre site on the campus of Stanford University.

Carnegie is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Carnegie Institution for Science has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we particularly encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Exploring Key Factors for a Near-zero Emission Energy Transition

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

We are developing a group of collaborating researchers who seek to explore key factors that could help facilitate a transition to a near-zero emission energy system. As the Carnegie Energy Innovation project (http://CarnegieEnergyInnovation.org), we engage in a collection of projects, which postdocs are expected to lead. Our work typically falls into four related areas:

  1. Schematic energy-system modeling
  2. Schematic economic modeling
  3. Geophysical modeling
  4. Energy and climate-related analysis

Examples of current projects include: (1) A schematic energy system modeling effort aimed at understanding the range of potentially feasible near-zero emission energy systems, what would have to become true to make feasible different system architectures, and the value of technical innovation. (2) A schematic economic modeling effort aimed at understanding the role of efficiency improvements in affecting carbon dioxide emissions and economic growth. (3) A geophysical modeling effort aimed at understanding efficacy and possible unintended consequences of regional-scale wind farms. (4) An analysis of factors that would affect the potential climate benefit of possible technological innovations. We are also in the process of organizing an international meeting on balancing climate and development objectives in the poorest countries of the world.

Postdocs are free to work on a broad range of topics within this broad general domain. Examples of such studies published so far this year include: Shayegh et al. (Evaluating relative benefits of different types of R&D for clean energy technologies, Energy Policy, 2017), Cao et al. (Simultaneous stabilization of global temperature and precipitation through cocktail geoengineering, GRL, 2017), Clack et al. (Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar, PNAS, 2017), Wang et al. (Will the use of a carbon tax for revenue generation produce an incentive to continue carbon emissions? ERL, 2017), Ahbe and Caldeira (Spatial Distribution of Generation of Lorenz’s Available Potential Energy in a Global Climate Model, J Clim., 2017).

This position will involve working with Ken Caldeira at the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus. Caldeira has a physical science background, but we are collaborating closely with (and hiring!) people who have deeper experience in energy system and/or economic modeling.

Successful candidates will play a major role in planning and executing these investigations and communicating the results through peer-reviewed publications and direct engagement with public and private technology investment and policy decision makers. The initial term will be for one year with the potential for renewal for a second year up to a maximum of four years.

Candidates with a PhD in science, engineering or economics, or comparable experience in quantitative analysis, are particularly encouraged to apply. Achievement in the area of scientific publication, or comparable evidence of being able to complete high quality work in a timely manner, is a primary filter determining which applications receive greater consideration. Positions are available now; start date is flexible but Spring or Summer of 2018 would be ideal. Carnegie Institution post-docs have access to most Stanford facilities. Compensation for this position includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Ken Caldeira at kcaldeira@carnegiescience.edu.  Formal applications for employment must be submitted by clicking on the bar below, and must include both a cover letter and CV. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, sex, age, physical condition, or country of national origin.

Bioinformatics postdoc position to develop computational pipelines to identify and annotate enzymes in plant genomes

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Stanford, CA

A postdoctoral researcher position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Sue Rhee at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, to create and analyze metabolic networks of plants. Plant metabolism is the biological engine that feeds the world, not only humans but also microbes and animals. The successful candidate will lead the development of computational tools and methods for predicting plant metabolic enzymes as a part of a team called the Plant Metabolic Network (PMN, www.plantcyc.org). The successful candidate will have opportunities to investigate novel questions regarding evolution, function, or regulation of enzymes and transporters as well as metabolic networks in plants by leveraging the tools and data generated at the PMN and the Rhee lab.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biology, Biochemistry or a related field, with a strong background in machine learning or phylogenomics. Working experience in large-scale amino acid sequence analysis and proficiency in programming languages such as Python and/or Perl are highly desired. The successful candidate should also have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, excellent communication and teamwork skills, and enthusiasm for learning new things.

The Carnegie Institution, a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences, was founded and endowed by Andrew Carnegie in 1902 and incorporated by an act of Congress in 1904. Andrew Carnegie conceived the Institution’s purpose “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery, and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind.” The Department of Plant Biology engages in basic research on the mechanisms involved in the growth and development of plants and algae. The Department of Plant Biology is co-located with the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology on a seven-acre site on the campus of Stanford University.

Biological Laboratory Technician

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

Immediate openings are available for full-time or part-time laboratory technicians in laboratory of Dr. Jose Dinneny in the Department of Plant Biology located on the Stanford University campus at Carnegie Institution for Science. This is an opportunity to work in an outstanding academic environment and to gain experience in biological sciences.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare chemical solutions, such as bacterial and plant growth media
  • Maintain lab inventory, restocking and ordering as required
  • Autoclave and discharge waste reagents
  • Grow plants (Arabidopsis, tobacco) and harvest seeds
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Strong academic record in Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, or equivalent
  • Experience growing and harvesting plants
  • Familiarity with sterile technique and preparing chemical solutions
    Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Specific opportunities to develop independent research projects. Lab duties will involve keeping track of lab orders, lab organization, maintaining cultures and other stocks. Assisting and interacting with lab members on specific projects.
  • Good judgment and common sense as well as critical thinking and attention to detail are required. Must possess excellent analytical, presentation, and written/verbal communication skills.

CV should include GPA if applicant is a recent graduate.  Cover Letter should indicate earliest joining date possible.

Carnegie Institution for Science (http://carnegiescience.edu/) is a private, nonprofit organization for scientific discovery founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1902. He intended the institution to be home to exceptional individuals with imagination, intelligence and enjoyment capable of creating and expanding the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the West and East Coasts. The Department of Plant Biology engages in basic research on the mechanisms involved in the growth and development of plants and algae. The Department of Plant Biology is located on the campus of Stanford University. Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.

Part-Time Laboratory Technician

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: DOE

Location: Stanford, CA

Part-Time Laboratory Technician

 

Immediate opening for a 1-year half-time technician in the laboratory of Dr. Devaki Bhaya at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology at Stanford.

 

Qualifications:

– Strong academic record and Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology/ or equivalent.

– 1-2 years of lab experience (outside of coursework) and familiarity with common molecular biology techniques such as PCR and cloning. Familiarity with computers/programming/ bioinformaticsstrongly preferred.

– Specific opportunities to develop independent research projects. Lab duties will involve keeping track of lab orders, lab organization, maintaining cultures and other stocks. Assisting and interacting with lab members on specific projects.

– Good judgment and common sense as well as critical thinking and attention to detail are required. Must possess excellent analytical, presentation, and written/verbal communication skills.

CV should include GPA if applicant is a recent graduate and 2-3 references will be required.  Cover Letter should indicate earliest joining date possible. 

The Carnegie Institution of Science is an equal opportunity employer.