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Bioinformatics postdoc position to develop computational pipelines to identify enzymes and transporters 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 and transporters 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, including standard molecular genetic tools and resources.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biology, Biochemistry or a related field, and a strong background in computational pipeline development, statistics and programming, as well as a strong interest in applying machine learning and other computational approaches to address interesting biological problems. Candidates with experience in developing machine learning algorithms are especially encouraged to apply. Working experience in large-scale sequence analysis, phylogenomics, and proficiency in programming languages of Python and/or Perl are pluses. 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.

Computational biology postdoc position to develop algorithms for creating and analyzing plant metabolic networks

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Stanford, CA

A postdoctoral 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 novel computational algorithms for annotating subcellular localization of plant metabolic reactions as a part of a team called the Plant Metabolic Network (PMN, www.plantcyc.org). The successful candidate will have opportunities to develop other algorithms addressing a broad array of questions regarding evolution, function, or regulation of metabolic networks in plants by leveraging the tools and data generated at the PMN and the Rhee lab, including standard molecular genetic tools and resources.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biology, Mathematics, Engineering or a related field, and a strong background in algorithm development, statistics, machine learning as well as a strong interest in applying computational approaches to address biological problems. 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. Proficiency in Matlab, R and Python is a plus.

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.

Experienced STEM Educator

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

The Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) is Carnegie Science’s K-12 education arm and is housed within the institution’s headquarters. CASE’s mission to enhance the education of DC children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), through a variety of programs for students and their teachers, each with a common goal: to empower children to ask questions, sharpen their analytical skills, develop leadership and general life skills and broaden their educational and career horizons.

Since 1989 CASE programs has served more than 800 students and 1,000 teachers in DC. CASE’s First Light Saturday Science School, a free program for DC’s middle school students, gives students an opportunity to explore STEM skills and careers through hands on projects and direct work with STEM practitioners. CASE’s STEM Kits program has trained 70 teachers have been trained and 1,500 students have developed skills to handle tools and equipment used in modern research laboratories.

CASE is seeking a STEM Educator for our high school biotechnology outreach program and other education programs, as needed. The STEM Educator will train high school teachers in basic laboratory research techniques, assist in implementing the biotechnology program in schools, and support CASE’s education programs. Position is part-time for school year 2017-18, full-time in summer 2018, and may lead to weekend employment if performance is exemplary. Compensation based on experience.

Essential functions of this job may include but are not limited to:

Train teachers to run biotechnology program in their schools

  • Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active, hands-on learning
  • Instruct and monitor participants in the use of learning materials and equipment
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
  • Maintain equipment and supplies in accordance with established lab protocols

Facilitate hands-on student STEM learning

  • Manage student behavior in the classroom and laboratory by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual youth participants and use information to adjust teaching strategies
  • Develop schemes of work, lesson plans and tests that are in accordance with established procedures
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of participants’ progress and development
  • Prepare classroom for class activities

Support CASE’s education programs

  • Participate in team planning meetings
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to participants and colleagues regarding participant progress and needs

Skills and Other Requirements:

  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds
  • Experience teaching students and/or teachers in a school or out-of-school environment for a minimum of two years
  • Experience delivering STEM professional development to teachers preferred
  • Adaptable, able to think on feet, strategic problem solver, multi-tasker, organized, and goal oriented
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Able to maintain organized lab environment including a detailed inventory
  • Instructional, lab materials and equipment procurement experience preferred, but not required
  • Familiarity with Next Generation Science Standards and Project-Based Learning preferred
  • Perform all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the total school program
  • Must have proven ability to report to work on a regular and punctual basis
  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM field or education, Masters degree in STEM field or education (preferred)

Job Type: Part-time

Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism

Department: DTM – Terrestrial Magnetism

Salary:

Location: Carnegie Science, Broad Branch Road campus, NW, Washington, DC

Applications are invited for postdoctoral fellowship positions to conduct independent research in the fields of astronomy, cosmochemistry, geochemistry, geophysics, planetary science or volcanology. DTM staff scientists pursue these fields in the general quest for improved understanding of the origin and evolution of Earth and other planets and planetary systems. The successful applicant’s primary field of research should overlap with one or more of these fields, but collaboration with other research areas on campus is encouraged.

Astronomy and planetary science at DTM focuses on the origin and evolution of stars and planets. We are seeking theorists and observers working in the fields of star and planet formation, extrasolar planet detection and characterization, planetary astronomy, and astrochemistry.   DTM staff scientists Alan Boss and John Chambers head the theoretical effort to understand the formation of stellar and planetary systems. Paul Butler is a leader in the spectroscopic search for extrasolar planets. Alycia Weinberger observes circumstellar disks, including nearby debris and protoplanetary disks. Scott Sheppard studies small, primordial bodies in our Solar System.  Astronomy fellows are eligible to apply for time at Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, including the twin 6.5-m Magellan telescopes. Scientific computing resources available to the campus include the Carnegie Memex cluster in addition to local computing resources.

These topics overlap with our research efforts in cosmochemistry and geochemistry. Conel Alexander and Larry Nittler perform laboratory studies of pre-planetary materials (including circumstellar grains and interstellar organics) in meteorites and interplanetary dust. Richard Carlson and Steve Shirey extend these studies to the chronology of planet formation and differentiation including the formation of continental crust on Earth and investigations of the chemical structure of Earth’s interior. This work complements and extends the studies of Erik Hauri on the origin and distribution of volatile elements in the Earth and Moon.

The geophysics group at DTM focuses on the dynamics and structure of the solid Earth and how motions in Earth’s interior drive surface phenomena like plate tectonics and volcanism. Peter Driscoll and Peter van Keken use numerical simulation and theory to understand the dynamics and evolution of the crust, mantle, and core of Earth and other planets. Lara Wagner specializes in field seismological studies of crustal and upper mantle structure, composition and dynamics. Diana Roman and Hélène Le Mével examine active volcanoes to understand magma transport and the factors the lead to eruption.

DTM fellowships provide support for observing, conference and meeting travel, computing, access to campus analytical facilities, and the publication of results from postdoctoral work. Chemical and sample characterization facilities on campus include Cameca 6F and NanoSIMS 50L ion probes, Nu Plasma HR multicollector ICP-MS with laser ablation capability, i-CapQ quadrupole mass spectrometer, Triton thermal ionization mass spectrometer, JEOL 6500F SEM, along with shared access to a JEOL JXA-8530F field emission electron microprobe, and Zeiss-Auriga SEM, and a FEI Xe-plasma FIB-SEM. A wide range of clean chemistry laboratory, optical microscopy and mineral separation facilities supports the instruments.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment and a promising record of research and publication. Fellows are expected to begin in Fall 2018. A C.V., list of publications, short description of thesis research, brief (2-3 page) statement of research plans during the postdoctoral fellowship, and three letters of recommendation by those familiar with your work should be submitted online here (Apply Now) by 1 December 2017.  Creativity in the proposed research figures heavily in the evaluation of the application.  Address any questions you have to dtmfellowships@carnegiescience.edu.  The Carnegie Institution 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.

2018 Carnegie Fellowships for the Geophysical Laboratory

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

The Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships. The Geophysical Laboratory emphasizes interdisciplinary experimental and theoretical research in fields ranging from geoscience, microbiology, chemistry, to physics. The Laboratory supports world-class facilities in high-pressure research; organic, stable isotope and biogeochemistry; mineral physics and petrology; and astrobiology.

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded once a year. The deadline for submitting an application is 1 December 2017 and the position begins the following summer or autumn.

Carnegie Fellowship applications must include a curriculum vitae, brief description of thesis research, three-to-five page research proposal, list of publications, and three letters of reference sent by those familiar with your work.

If you are not familiar with our current research, we suggest that you look at our recent publications listed on the website, Carnegie Institution Yearbooks, and/or speak with staff members and current postdoctoral associates.

The fellowship committee evaluates research proposals for evidence of original thinking and to determine a candidate’s ability to develop and carry out a research project that can be accomplished at the Laboratory. You are encouraged to contact a Geophysical Laboratory Staff Member about the suitability of your project.


Also, please see our listing of personnel, research areas, and major facilities.

Review of completed applications for a Carnegie fellowship submitted through this website will begin December 1, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

The Carnegie Institution of Washington 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.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department: DTM – Terrestrial Magnetism

Salary:

Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, DC

The Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution for Science seeks a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral research scientist to develop new and improve existing models for computational geodynamics. The prime responsibility of this position that is funded for two years is to improve the parallel scaling of Fortran and C/C++ based codes using PETSc for applications in mantle convection, including the dynamics of subduction zones and mantle plumes.

The postdoc will work primarily with DTM researchers Peter van Keken and Cian Wilson in collaboration with Columbia University researcher Marc Spiegelman. The ideal candidate is a computational scientist with extensive experience in parallel computing using MPI and PETSc, is skilled in programming in C/C++, Fortran, and Python, and has experience with finite element methods. Experience with FEniCS is a plus. The successful candidate will become part of an active solid Earth geophysics group that has five staff scientists and several postdocs that specialize in seismology, geodesy, and geodynamics.

A C.V., cover letter with a statement of interest in the position, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted through the “Apply Now” link below by November 1, 2017. Please address any questions regarding this position to Peter van Keken (pvankeken@carnegiescience.edu). The Carnegie Institution 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.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department: DTM – Terrestrial Magnetism

Salary:

Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, Broad Branch Road, Washington, DC

The Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution for Science seeks a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral research scientist to develop a better understanding of the geochemical evolution of the Earth’s mantle and crust using geodynamical and geochemical modeling.

The postdoc will work primarily with DTM researchers Peter van Keken and Erik Hauri. This project is funded for two years by NSF CSEDI with the primary goal to improve understanding of the geochemical consequences of geodynamical models of planetary-scale mantle convection, in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in geodynamical modeling, geochemical modeling, or both. Experience in Python and shell scripting on linux computers is essential; experience with C++, Fortran, and/or parallel computing is a plus. The successful candidate will become part of an active solid Earth geophysics and geochemistry group that has ten staff scientists and several postdocs that study the structure, composition, and dynamics of the Earth and solar system.

A C.V., cover letter with a statement of interest in the position, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted through the “Apply Now” link below by November 1, 2017. Please address any questions regarding this position to Peter van Keken (pvankeken@carnegiescience.edu) and/or Erik Hauri (ehauri@carnegiescience.edu). The Carnegie Institution 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.

Archives Technical Assistant, Part-Time

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab

Salary: $19/hour

Location: Washington, DC

Carnegie Institution for Science seeks applications for a part-time Archives Technical Assistant.  The Assistant will perform tasks essential to the organization, management, and promotion of the archives of Carnegie’s Geophysical Laboratory and Department of Terrestrial Magnetism.  The Assistant will work under the supervision of the campus Librarian. Responsibilities of the Assistant will include:

  • Boxing, foldering, and labeling archival records and photographs
  • Performing basic archival preservation work such as removing paper clips and staples
  • Making preservation photocopies of documents and newspaper clippings
  • Digitizing photographs and documents
  • Conducting initial inspections and preparing inventories of new acquisitions per collection policies
  • Creating and editing collection control records in Microsoft Access, Excel, and FileMaker Pro databases
  • Uploading digital content to a Digital Asset Management system and creating metadata according to established standards
  • Moving and reshelving materials
  • Ordering archival supplies
  • Helping department staff organize displays and exhibitions for BBR Neighborhood Lectures and other public outreach events
  • Contributing to social media and department websites to promote awareness of Carnegie’s history
  • Performing other duties including assistance with special projects as needed

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required. Advanced degree a plus.
  • Coursework or demonstrated experience in historical research, records management, library/information science, archival studies, or museum studies

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to interpret and apply policies and procedures
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on a small team
  • Proficiency with MS Access, MS Excel, FileMaker Pro, or other database management applications
  • Neat, legible handwriting
  • Accuracy in data entry and proofreading
  • Ability to pack, lift, and move boxes weighing up to 30 lbs
  • Ability to climb an 8-step ladder to reach high shelves

Background or interest in the sciences would be an asset.

Hours:       16 hours/week.  Flexible scheduling.  This is a temporary, 18-month position.

Only complete applications submitted via this Carnegie website will be considered.

This position will work at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, D.C. location.  The Carnegie Institution for Science 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.

Membership Manager

Department: DTM – Terrestrial Magnetism

Salary:

Location: Carnegie Science, Broad Branch Road campus, NW, Washington, DC

The Geochemical Society is a not-for-profit scientific society founded to encourage the application of geochemistry to improving our understanding of the Earth and solar system. Membership is international and diverse in background and includes 4,000 scientists and students from around the world. The society promotes understanding of geochemistry through an annual conference, publication of a peer-reviewed journal and electronic newsletter, awards programs recognizing significant accomplishments in the field, and student development programs. The Geochemical Society’s offices are located on the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in NW Washington, DC.

Overview

The membership manager has primary responsibility for all processes and communications associated with the society’s members. He or she will also serve as the editorial assistant for the society’s peer-reviewed journal. This is an excellent early career opportunity for candidates interested in association management and/or the geological sciences.

Responsibilities
Membership

  • Manage the membership application and renewal process using the society’s association management system
  • Collaborate on membership recruitment and renewal campaigns
  • Use a data-driven approach to evaluate the effectiveness of campaigns and progress toward membership goals
  • Take responsibility for accuracy of all data related to the society’s membership program
  • Maintain and update membership records, mailing lists, and email distribution lists
  • Correspond with donors and track donations
  • Develop materials that highlight the value of membership in the society

Publications

  • Monitor manuscripts submitted to the society’s journal and communicate with editors regularly
  • Organize pieces of weekly electronic newsletter
  • Update association social media pages and website
  • Communicate with members about society news and developments in the geochemistry community

Other Programs

  • Assist with scheduling of meetings for boards and committees
  • Provide support for society conferences and awards
  • Fulfill product orders and handle various office management tasks

Requirements

The qualified candidate must possess good verbal and written communication skills; strong organizational skills with high attention to detail; and proficiency in common office software, particularly Excel. Experience with Abila’s NetFORUM system preferred. Must be collaborative, solution focused, and entrepreneurial. The candidate should be comfortable navigating the Internet and using social media platforms. A bachelor’s degree and 2 or more years of work experience are required (work experience during college will be considered). Occasional travel may be required. Applicants with a background in the earth sciences are encouraged to apply.  Applications should include the names and contact information of 3 references and should be submitted online here through the Apply Now link.

The Carnegie Institution 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. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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.

Postdoctoral Associate – Metastable Materials 10/17

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

The Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of materials synthesis and characterization. The position will focus on using solid-state methodologies and computational prediction tools, including high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, to create metastable materials using precursor-based pathways. The successful candidate will work closely in a team comprised of experimental/computational chemists, physicists and materials scientists.

Minimum qualifications:  A Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field is the requirement for this position.

Desired qualifications:  Candidates should be familiar with solid-state synthesis methodologies. Experience with high-pressure techniques including laser-heated diamond anvil cells and/or large-volume press techniques, as well characterization tools such as Raman / infrared spectroscopies and powder / single-crystal X-ray diffraction is desirable. Some familiarity with computational prediction tools, including density functional theory-based methods, would be beneficial. Successful candidates are expected to be able to work in both independent and collaborative group environments.

The appointment is for one year, with possibility for a second year pending progress and availability of funds. The position is available immediately, and will remain open until filled. Interested parties should send a cover letter, resumé or curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.

 Only complete applications submitted via this Carnegie website will be considered.

Prospective researchers will work at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution, Washington, DC. The Carnegie Institution for Science 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.

Investigator – Assistant Professor level

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: TBD

Location: Baltimore, MD

The Carnegie’s Department of Embryology in Baltimore, Maryland seeks applications for an independent Investigator position (at the Assistant Professor level).

By utilizing existing model organisms and developing new ones, faculty in the department have pioneered tools enabling the study of a wide range of biological questions throughout its long history. Housed in the state of the art Maxine Singer Building next to the beautiful Wyman Park, the Department maintains shared advanced facilities that enable its scientists to employ existing and develop new technologies for their research. Candidates who study any aspect of biology by developing and applying advanced technologies are encouraged to apply.

A current CV, 3-4-page research statement and three reference letters are required for the application. Consideration of applications will begin on November 15, 2017, but applications will continue to be accepted after this date.

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.

Carnegie Institution is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action 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 Fellow/Research Associate

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: NIH-NRSA Stipend Scale

Location: Baltimore, MD

Description:

Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Associates carry out research that explores the current frontiers of knowledge in basic biological science under the guidance of a Carnegie faculty member. A list of faculty, their areas of current research, and additional information is available at: emb.carnegiescience.edu.

They conceive, carry out and publish novel discoveries based on their research that contribute to human understanding of biological mechanisms and present these findings to the national and international scientific community.

Qualifications:

PhD degree and record of distinguished research accomplishments in a relevant discipline as documented by first-author publications, presentation of research at scientific meetings and letters of recommendation from leading scientists.

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.

Lab Assistant – Part Time

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Stanford, CA

The Grossman lab is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented undergraduate student to assist in various aspects of algal biological research.  Projects in the lab are focused on improving our understanding of photosynthesis and metabolism in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (model alga).

 The undergraduate student research assistant will be expected to help with the following:

-Media preparation

-General lab upkeep and maintenance

-Strain propagation and cryopreservation

-Strain genotyping and phenotyping

-Data analysis

A strong candidate will have previous laboratory research experience and be familiar with a molecular biology lab setting.  Student candidate will be trained to grow Chlamydomonas and to conduct experiments in molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry.  Student will initially work together with a group, but will also be given the opportunity to work independently.

This is a 10-20 hour per week position, no benefits.

The position could be filled as soon as March 15, 2014.  Please provide cover letter and at least one letter of reference.   Preference will be given to candidates expressing interest in continuing to work during the summer of 2014 and into the fall.

Staff Associate

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: TBD

Location: Baltimore, MD

The Department of Embryology announces an open Staff Associate position.

History:

The Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution for Science, located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, is focused on developmental biology, cell and genome biology, evolution, and tool building. Our department was the first in the country to establish a Staff Associate Program, in the late 1970s. This program supports a small cadre of exceptionally talented young scientists who may have just finished their Ph.D. or who may be at an early stage of postdoctoral training. These individuals are chosen because they have developed exciting ideas for addressing important biological problems. The freedom and independence provided by a Staff Associate position allows explorations of higher risk, higher payoff long term projects. The success of the program is evident from the long and distinguished history of successful scientists who began their careers with us.

Because of the ‘off-the-beaten path’ nature of such creative work, it may be difficult to obtain funding or to identify suitable labs to pursue these ideas. Our Associates pursue their ideas as independent junior faculty members, within their own research space in the department. The diverse and vibrant environment, with elite fellow scientists and their labs, stimulates original and critical thinking. With no distractions from research, the Staff Associates work at the bench with technicians and/or postdoctoral fellows.

Additional information about the program and the department may be found at: https://emb.carnegiescience.edu/join-us/staff-associate-program.

Job Summary:

A Staff Associate will pursue highly original and innovative biological research. The successful candidate is expected to present their findings publicly to the national and international scientific community through the publication of their research results in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific meetings and conferences. After five years, the Staff Associates are expected to move on to mid-level independent investigator positions in academia, government, and industry settings.

Requirements:

-Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree

-Record of distinguished, creative, and independent research accomplishments as documented by first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentation of research at scientific meetings.

-Three letters of recommendation from scientists familiar with the candidate’s scientific career. One letter should be from the candidate’s graduate or postdoctoral mentor.

To Apply:

Applicants should apply online at: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/emb/. Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered. Required information will include: a cover letter, current CV, a two-page research statement, and three letters of reference. Instruction for submitting the reference letters will be provided to you upon completion of the online application form. Leading candidates will be invited to visit our Department for an interview and to present a seminar about their work and their plans.

Application Deadline:

Consideration of applications is ongoing and continues until an open position is filled.

The Carnegie Institution is a private, none for profit research Institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1902. Carnegie’s Department of Embryology is situated on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. This offers ample opportunities for collaborative research.

The Carnegie Institution 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.

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.

Computational quantitative genetics postdoc position

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Palo Alto, CA

A bioinformatics/computational biology postdoctoral research position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Sue Rhee at Carnegie Institution’s Plant Biology Dept (Palo Alto, CA). The main goal of the project is to develop an algorithm to predict causal genes from QTL regions in plants, particularly in the model C4 grass Setaria. This project has opportunities to use genomics and functional genomics data in plants, both publicly available and newly generated in our consortium, to build an algorithm that can accelerate the discovery of genes that are responsible for phenotypic variation in metabolic and developmental traits in response to drought and high-density planting in Setaria. This is a collaborative project among several pioneering labs in plant physiology, genetics, engineering, and computational biology (www.foxmillet.org).

Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have: 1) a Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science, Biology, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Engineering or related field; 2) expertise or fluency in large-scale data analysis, statistics, genomics, machine learning, and/or related field; and 3) proficient in programming. Candidates with experience in developing machine learning algorithms and/or trained in quantitative genetics, evolutionary biology, or population genetics are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, ability and initiative to learn new things, excellent communication and teamwork skills and passion for biological research.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop a computational method/algorithm to rationally prioritize causal genes underlying QTLs from GWAS and QTL mapping studies using functional genomics data such as RNAseq, sequence
polymorphisms, evolutionary signatures, and functional annotations. The candidate will also work with scientists in the consortium who are generating the mapping and functional genomics data as well who will test the predicted causal genes using state of the art molecular biology, genetics, plant physiology, and genome editing tools.

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.

Computational biology postdoc position to study plant metabolism

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Palo Alto, CA

A postdoctoral 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, transporters, and regulators as a part of a team called the Plant Metabolic Network (PMN, www.plantcyc.org). The successful candidate will have opportunities to develop novel questions regarding evolution, function, or regulation of metabolic networks in plants by leveraging the tools and data generated at the PMN and the Rhee lab, including standard molecular genetic tools and resources.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Mathematics, Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or a related field, and a strong background in algorithm development, statistics and programming, as well as a strong interest in applying machine learning and other computational approaches to address interesting biological problems. Candidates with experience in developing machine learning algorithms are especially encouraged to apply. Working experience in large-scale sequence analysis, and proficiency in programming languages of Python and/or Perl are pluses. 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.

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.

 

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 Researcher – Farber Lab

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: NIH-NRSA Stipend Scale

Location: Baltimore, MD

Job Summary:

A postdoctoral position to identify small molecules and genetic pathways that regulate lipid metabolism is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Farber at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Embryology, in Baltimore, MD.

The position requires a highly-motivated applicant with a strong interest in questions of lipid metabolism. The position involves conducting a state-of-the-art pharmacogenetic screen for modifiers of lipoprotein metabolism and studies at the cellular and subcellular levels to characterize zebrafish with mutations in genes affecting digestive organ lipid uptake, metabolism, transport and storage.

The Farber laboratory performs studies at the nexus of cell biology, metabolism and digestive physiology.  The Carnegie Department of Embryology follows the current NIH-NRSA postdoctoral stipend scale and our postdoctoral benefit package includes health care, sick leave, annual leave, parental leave, life insurance, and paid holidays.

Qualifications:

An ideal candidate will be creative, industrious, have excellent communication skills, and enjoy working independently as well as collaboratively. A Ph.D. in a related field and fluency in spoken and written English is required for the position.

To apply:

A CV, statement of research interest, and contact information for three references are required to apply.

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.