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Computational Biology Postdoctoral Position to Model Metabolic Networks of C4 Photosynthesis Plants under Drought and Heat

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location:

A postdoctoral researcher position is available immediately (May 2021) 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.

We have developed computational pipelines to predict and annotate metabolic enzymes and pathways from sequenced genomes, which enables the generation of genome-scale metabolic networks. The successful candidate will leverage these resources in the Rhee Lab to model the metabolic networks of C4 plants such as Setaria and Sorghum species as well as a desert extremophile Tidestromia oblongifolia in order to identify key metabolic reactions that are involved in biomass production as well as in resource allocation between shoot and root tissues. We are particularly interested in modeling metabolism under under water limiting and high temperature conditions. The goal of the project is to investigate metabolic versatility against drought and heat stress in key C4 plants to inform future plant metabolic engineering and breeding efforts. This is a highly collaborative project among several pioneering labs in plant physiology, genetics, engineering, and computational biology (http://foxmillet.org).

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Plant biology, Microbiology, Systems Biology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, or a related field, and a strong background as demonstrated by journal publications in metabolic network reconstruction and analysis. The candidate will be familiar with analyzing constraint-based metabolic models and will have a strong interest in plant metabolism and biochemistry. Moreover, the candidate will be motivated to develop new computational approaches and/or algorithms to address novel biological questions. Candidates with prior experience in the use of MATLAB and/or the use of the COBRA toolbox are especially encouraged to apply. Working experience (either wet lab or dry lab) with plants and a proficiency in other programming languages such as R, Perl, and Python are pluses. The successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate independent and critical thinking, excellent communication and teamwork skills, and an 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.

Scientific Coordinator

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Stanford, CA, USA

Dr. Sue Rhee is seeking a highly motivated, organized, and creative person to coordinate the development and management of interdisciplinary, multi-institutional projects. Examples of center grants include NIH’s Transformative R01 and NSF’s Biology Integration Institutes. Dr. Rhee’s group is generally interested in discovering molecular mechanisms of plant resilience and in accelerating the Discovery-Translation-Solution-Action nexus of the scientific enterprise. More description about the projects we are engaged in can be found on our Lab website. The successful candidate will work with a diverse team of scientists and administrators in developing and executing complex, transformative, and large-scale projects.

Starting: immediate start possible; Deadline: until filled

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and prepare grant applications and reports in collaboration with the Grants team
  • Manage the budget in collaboration with the Business office
  • Oversee hiring personnel into the projects in collaboration with HR
  • Coordinate developing and executing material transfer agreements and collaborative research agreements with the Legal team
  • Coordinate developing project team policies in an inclusive way for authorship expectations and decisions, data sharing and access, personnel expectations, resource reallocation, and contingencies to mitigate possible risks to the projects
  • Coordinate project team communications including organizing workshops, seminars, and site visits
  • Oversee the communication of project outcomes to the public via website, social media, press releases, and promotional materials such as newsletters and slide decks
  • Oversee outreach activities of the projects

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree (Masters, PhD, or equivalent experience) in natural sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, or a related field
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills, demonstrated ability for communicating effectively with various stakeholders
  • Excellent time-management, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to pay close attention to details
  • Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, sound judgement, and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently on multiple projects concurrently
  • Professional experience in running structured, multi-disciplinary programs and/or in research administration
  • Consistent demonstration of initiative, able to rapidly adapt and respond to changes in environment and priorities
  • Knowledge of standard software packages

This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits. We are located at the Carnegie Institution on Stanford campus. Stanford campus is a vibrant community embedded in the San Francisco Bay area, with opportunities for extensive social and scientific interactions.

About Carnegie: Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals – women and men – with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology engages in basic research on the mechanisms involved in plant and algae growth, development, and evolution (https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu). Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

Early Independence Investigator Position at Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, California

The Department of Plant Biology is seeking applications for the position of Staff Associate. The Staff Associate is a five-year position (equivalent level to Assistant Professor) intended to support exceptional scientists to start independent research programs at early career stages, ideally within one year after getting their Ph.D. degree. We are broadly interested in early career scientists who show great potential for developing a rigorous and creative research program that studies molecular genetic mechanisms in any photosynthetic organisms ranging from photosynthetic microbes to higher plants. The successful candidate is expected to lead an independent research group and interact synergistically with current faculty members. Current research programs of the department study broad biological questions (related to metabolism, growth, development, and environmental adaptation) using a wide variety of systems (cyanobacteria, unicellular algae, Arabidopsis, maize, and native plants) and research approaches (biochemical, genetic, genomic, proteomic, cellular microscopy, and computational). To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, please visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/

A Ph.D. in science is required. Postdoctoral experience is not required. To apply, please submit a Cover Letter, CV, Description of Research Accomplishments and Future Research Plans, and Statement on Diversity Inclusion and Equity, all in one PDF file, and contact information of three references, online at: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/apply/59525/. For additional queries, please email: sacis@carnegiescience.edu. Review of applications will start on October 1, 2020, but the position will remain open until filled.

Additional information: The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, privately endowed, research institution. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals capable of working at the cutting edge of their research fields. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry, laboratory facilities for molecular genetic studies of plants, growth facilities for photosynthetic microbes and higher plants, field experimental stations, and high-performance computing nodes. 

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. 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 characteristics protected by law. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse research community and we encourage applications by members of all underrepresented groups.

Science Lab Instructor

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. We have an exciting opportunity for a Science Lab Instructor working in Washington, D.C.

CASE’s mission is 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 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 was recently named Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE)’s new partner. ABE is an innovative science education program that provides teacher professional development, curriculum materials, and research-grade equipment and supplies to secondary schools. The program features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce students to the excitement of scientific discovery.

The Science Lab Instructor will train high school teachers in basic laboratory research techniques (using the ABE curriculum), assist in implementing the biotechnology program in schools, and support CASE’s education programs. This position is part-time for school year 2020-21, full-time in summer 2021, and may lead to full-time employment. 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
● Prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active, hands-on learning based on ABE’s curriculum
● 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

Recruit and maintain relationships with current and prospective participants
● Communicate with program participants to build ongoing relationships with schools
● Attend outreach events to recruit program participants

Support CASE’s education programs
● Participate in team planning meetings
● Communicate necessary information regularly to participants and colleagues regarding participant progress and needs

 

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM field or education, master’s degree in STEM field or education preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory skills and concepts (required), Next Generation Science Standards (preferred), and Project-Based Learning (preferred)
  • Ability and demonstrated knowledge of establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective relationships, and working with individuals from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds
  • Experience in outreach, teaching in a school or out-of-school environment, and/or providing professional development preferred
  • Adaptable, able to think creatively and make decisions quickly, strategic problem solver, multi-tasker, organized, and goal oriented
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Instructional, lab materials and equipment procurement experience preferred, but not required
  • Perform all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the total school program

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. 

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified 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 protected group status.

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Geophysical modeling for a net-zero emission energy system

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, California

Carnegie Institution Science Department of Global Ecology (DGE) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at its Stanford Campus. Founded in 2002, scientists at DGE conduct basic and applied research into the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems and people. The Carnegie Institution has a deep commitment to scientific excellence and diversity;  we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. 

Selected fellow(s) will join a highly collaborative and productive team of scientists aimed at developing information that can help facilitate a transition to a net-zero emission energy system. This work will be performed under the guidance of Dr. Ken Caldeira, a Senior Scientist with Breakthrough Energy and Senior Scientist (Emeritus) with Carnegie Institution for Science.

Our research focuses on performing idealized modeling studies (e.g., macro-energy, integrated-assessment, climate and carbon-cycle modeling) to address climate and energy challenges. Examples of recent research of the type for this position include: fundamental physical limits on wind power, climate effects of aerosol emissions, the use of vertical pipes to oxygenate seawater, and the efficacy of seagrass as a carbon sink.

Postdoctoral Fellows typically lead projects and help out on other projects; peer-reviewed publication of results in high-quality journals is the norm. We want to hire people who see helping the group be successful as a key element in their own success strategy.

Postdoctoral Fellows at DGE have access to valuable research resources to launch successful scientific careers in academia and industry. Research resources include technical support staff, research equipment, and computing/IT resources. Opportunities to partner with other DGE scientists may also be available depending on Fellow(s)’ interests. DGE seeks to provide a culture of mentoring and professional development for all postdoctoral scientists; funding is available for travel to scientific conferences; additional professional development/training programs are offered internally.

Multiple positions are available with flexible start dates to begin within 18 months of this posting. Initial appointments are for 1 year, with possible renewal up to 4 years. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits, including additional benefits to support employees during the COVID-19 outbreak . In addition, a budget is available to partially reimburse relocation expenses for successful candidates and their immediate families.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely and collaboratively with other scientists to design, implement, analyze and summarize innovative research on net-zero emission energy technologies;
  • Publish results in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals; 
  • Present results at conferences and seminars. 

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in any scientific or engineering discipline with a grounding in the physical sciences or engineering;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and in teams;
  • Commitment to a collegial and inclusive workplace. 

In light of the current pandemic and associated travel restrictions, we are open to creative solutions for broad participation. Our scientists’ safety is of utmost importance at Carnegie; opportunities for remote work during the pandemic will be available to all Fellows. 

Informal inquiries and questions about these positions should be directed to Ken Caldeira (e-mail: kcaldeira@carnegiescience.edu). Applications will only be considered when submitted through our application portal (see blue bar below). Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references. 

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. 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 characteristics protected by law. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse research community and we encourage applications by members of all underrepresented groups.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Merging top-down and bottom-up approaches to partition carbon and water fluxes between the atmosphere and biosphere

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive

Location: Stanford, California

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Merging top-down and bottom-up approaches to partition carbon and water fluxes between the atmosphere and biosphere

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

The Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science (CIS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to a project funded by NASA that aims to leverage new theory and observations in land, atmosphere and space-based research to accurately partition global carbon fluxes between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere at high spatial and temporal resolution.  This project is a collaboration between the Dr. Anna Michalak’s lab at CIS in Stanford, Dr. Trevor Keenan’s lab at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in Berkeley, and Dr. Joshua Fisher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. The position is based in Dr. Michalak’s lab and will involve extensive collaboration with researchers at the other two institutions, offering excellent opportunities for joint mentoring and career development.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be responsible for developing innovative strategies for using atmospheric modeling together with available in situ and satellite-based observations to inform the improvement of models representing carbon and water fluxes between the atmosphere and biosphere. There will be considerable flexibility regarding specific scientific questions to be examined, but these may include evaluating temperature versus water controls on the spatial and temporal variability of CO2 fluxes, identifying missing processes in mechanistic representations of gross primary productivity and ecosystem respiration, and assessing the impact of improved parameterizations on the constraint on global, continental, and regional carbon balance.

Position Duties

  • Coordinate with collaborators at CIS, LBNL, and JPL to identify key scientific opportunities and modeling strategies.
  • Together with collaborators at CIS, LBNL, and JPL, design experiments to elucidate the degree to which atmospheric observations inform mechanistic understanding of terrestrial carbon balance.
  • Lead and contribute to research papers to be published in the peer reviewed literature.

Requirements

  • Ph.D. in atmospheric science, earth science, or related field
  • Experience working with atmospheric transport models at regional, continental and/or global scales
  • Experience exploring questions about terrestrial fluxes of greenhouse gases.
  • Experience in the design and solution of atmospheric inverse problems a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Anna Michalak at michalak@carnegiescience.edu.  Formal applications for employment must be submitted by clicking on the bar below, and must include a cover letter, CV, and list of at least three references.

The review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until it is filled. Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with work experience and skills.

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

 

Lab Technician

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, California

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic Research Technician to work in the lab of Zhiyong Wang at Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California. The Wang lab is focusing on cellular signaling mechanisms that regulate growth, development, adaptation, and immunity. They study how plant growth is controlled by nutrients, hormones, and environmental signals through cellular signal transduction networks, which act through specific protein-protein interactions and protein modifications. These broad questions are addressed using model plants including Arabidopsis and Chlamydomonas, and broad experimental approaches including genomics and proteomics. For more information about the Wang lab, please visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/labs/wang-lab

The Research Technician will support research projects under general supervision and perform molecular biology experiments such as molecular cloning and protein purification and analysis. 

Essential Duties:

  • Assist lab scientists by performing investigative procedures and operating a variety of scientific equipment. These may include molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, gel electrophoresis, immunoblot, chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Training will be provided based on experience and interest.
  • Record experimental procedures, collect and organize and verify the accuracy of data and information in support of lab research; perform calculations and prepare charts, graphs and reports.
  • Demonstrate various laboratory techniques to laboratory personnel and students as needed.

Qualifications:

Education

  • A bachelor’s degree is required. A major in molecular biology, chemistry, or a closely related scientific discipline is strongly preferred.

Experience

  • At least 1 year of previous hands-on laboratory experience is required. Significant laboratory experience obtained during undergraduate studies (honors thesis, internship, etc.) is acceptable and will be considered.
  • Previous experience working with molecular biology (DNA/RNA isolation, cloning, PCR), or protein biochemistry (purification and analysis by gel blot or mass spectrometry) techniques is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience working with chromatography and mass spectrometry would be a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • High motivation to support basic research and strong interest in fundamental biological questions.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new experimental techniques.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, prioritization skills, and time management skills.
  • Ability to keep records of experiments and results.
  • Proficient computer skills (PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).
  • Ability and willingness to have a flexible work schedule to accommodate experimental needs and other lab needs as required.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to interact positively and work well with a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions

  • Inquiries about the position can be emailed to Zhiyong Wang at zywang24@stanford.edu with a subject line of Technician Job. Formal application should be submitted via the job posting on Carnegie Institution for Science careers page. Please include a cover letter briefly describing your research experience and interest, your resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references, preferably as one PDF document. 

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. 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. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Idealized energy system modeling for a net-zero emission energy system

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, California

Carnegie Institution Science Department of Global Ecology (DGE) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at its Stanford Campus. Founded in 2002, scientists at DGE conduct basic and applied research into the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems and people. The Carnegie Institution has a deep commitment to scientific excellence and diversity;  we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. 

Selected fellow(s) will join a highly collaborative and productive team of scientists aimed at developing information that can help facilitate a transition to a net-zero emission energy system. This work will be performed under the guidance of Dr. Ken Caldeira, a Senior Scientist with Breakthrough Energy and Senior Scientist (Emeritus) with Carnegie Institution for Science.

Our research focuses on performing idealized modeling studies (e.g., macro-energy, integrated-assessment, climate and carbon-cycle modeling) to address climate and energy challenges. Examples of recent research of the type for this position include: analyses of storage needs in decarbonized electricity systems, potential for global electricity grids, and potential roles for hydrogen as an electrofuel. We are are also interested in questions such as the relative value of firm vs. variable generation, and the relationship between storage amount and reliability in statistically described generation and demand time-series.

Postdoctoral Fellows typically lead projects and help out on other projects; peer-reviewed publication of results in high-quality journals is the norm. We want to hire people who see helping the group be successful as a key element in their own success strategy.

Postdoctoral Fellows at DGE have access to valuable research resources to launch successful scientific careers in academia and industry. Research resources include technical support staff, research equipment, and computing/IT resources. Opportunities to partner with other DGE scientists may also be available depending on Fellow(s)’ interests. DGE seeks to provide a culture of mentoring and professional development for all postdoctoral scientists; funding is available for travel to scientific conferences; additional professional development/training programs are offered internally.

Multiple positions are available with flexible start dates to begin within 18 months of this posting. Initial appointments are for 1 year, with possible renewal up to 4 years. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits, including additional benefits to support employees during the COVID-19 outbreak . In addition, a budget is available to partially reimburse relocation expenses for successful candidates and their immediate families.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely and collaboratively with other scientists to design, implement, analyze and summarize innovative research on net-zero emission energy technologies;
  • Publish results in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals; 
  • Present results at conferences and seminars. 

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in any scientific or engineering discipline with a grounding in the physical sciences or engineering;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and in teams;
  • Commitment to a collegial and inclusive workplace. 

In light of the current pandemic and associated travel restrictions, we are open to creative solutions for broad participation. Our scientists’ safety is of utmost importance at Carnegie; opportunities for remote work during the pandemic will be available to all Fellows. 

Informal inquiries and questions about these positions should be directed to Ken Caldeira (e-mail: kcaldeira@carnegiescience.edu). Applications will only be considered when submitted through our application portal (see blue bar below). Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references. 

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. 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 characteristics protected by law. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse research community and we encourage applications by members of all underrepresented groups.

Senior Grants Administrator

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment headquartered in Washington, D.C. Founded 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 five 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.

Carnegie Science provides flexible work schedule options along with a small, collegial research atmosphere in a collaborative organization. This is an exciting new opportunity to support a brand new division of environmental and life sciences.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Senior Grants Administrator will manage the proposal preparation and full grants lifecycle of post award activities from budget execution to closeout of federal and non-federal grants, contracts, internal research projects and all related activities for the campus.  This position will reside at and serve as the primary point of contact for the Life Sciences’ Department of Global Ecology and Department of Plant Biology, reporting to the Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs in Washington, DC while also working closely with and accountable to department leadership, business manager, and research staff. 

Responsible for ensuring that all awards follow appropriate stewardship and regulatory compliance, the SGA must navigate and execute Carnegie Science policies, in addition to an at times complex network of sponsor and governmental regulations, while guiding and supporting department Principal Investigators (PIs) through these policies and procedures to remove barriers, keep stakeholders informed and execute time sensitive actions. This position is expected to execute best in class service to a group of world-renowned researchers and be a strong facilitator and communicator across work streams, while meeting competing priorities and executing continuous process improvement.  

All Carnegie Science locations are currently operating under a COVID phased return plan and operating remotely with limited on-site essential activities. 

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead principal investigators in the preparation of the administrative components of proposals within parameters of institutional, research, and proposal specific guidelines.
  • Oversee and communicate submission process, both paper and electronic, review documents for completeness and compliance. 
  • Coordinate with business office in preparing project budgets and provide budget justifications as required.
  • Responsible for tracking status of awards and deliverables. 
  • Follow changing submission requirements as introduced by funding agencies.
  • Serve as liaison and active partner between PIs, HQ, and research groups; respond to HQ and sponsor inquiries.
  • Review and approve correct charging of expenditures by working with business office and Financial Analyst, and oversee compliance related to fund and revenue.
  • Working with business manager, manage contract closeout process; submit final reports and work with HQ on the financial closeout.  
  • Serve as resource and overall technical resource for compliance and sponsored programs to PIs and other staff.
  • Participate in and contribute to the management of process improvements.  
  • Serve as a mentor and provide cross-training as needed.
  • Ensures costs are allowable, appropriate rates are applied, cost share issues are resolved and there is budget and budget justification prior to submission to the sponsor.
  • Performs award set up and modification set up, to include reviewing Notices of Award and ensuring compliance with IRB, IACUC, lab safety, conflict of interest, and other sponsor and university requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Assists with sponsor prior approvals, budgeting, and other post award actions.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or three years of job-related experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Certification in Grants Management desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to collaborate with others on projects
  • Excellent oral, written and communication skills.
  • Extreme attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well independently, but also to seek or help when needed.
  • Ability to review a proposal or manage a project with understanding of the overall scope and goal of each sponsored project.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.

The successful candidate should have knowledge of pre-and-post award research administration processes and fluency of governmental regulations (e.g., Uniform Guidance, FAR, CAS).  The Senior Grants Administrator must be able to work in a dynamic environment as part of a team and serve as liaison and active partner between sponsors, PIs, HQ-OSP, research groups and others.

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

Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal opportunity employer. We highly encourage candidates from underrepresented gender and ethnic groups to apply. 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 characteristics protected by law.

Global Ecology Staff Associate

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, California

The Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology seeks applications for two (2) Staff Associates and one (1) Senior Staff Scientist. Scholars in the Department of Global Ecology seek to understand how interactions between the Earth’s biogeochemical cycles and anthropogenic activity affect the sustainability of the Earth system, now and into the future. The Department of Global Ecology is located on the campus of Stanford University in California. The Carnegie Institution for Science has a deep commitment to scientific excellence and to increased diversity in STEM fields; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. 

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery that provides individuals with the freedom and resources to explore areas at the cutting edge of their fields.  Scientists at the Institution have access to generous resources in support of their research and career success, including research equipment, technical staff, computing services/support, professional development opportunities, and discretionary funding for research support. 

About the Position: 

Carnegie staff scientists hold endowment-supported 12 month per annum salaried appointments. They pursue independent research that is supported by a combination of endowment funds and external support. Although staff scientists do not have formal teaching duties, we place considerable emphasis on mentoring graduate and postdoctoral scholars. Staff Associate positions are similar in seniority to early-career Assistant Professors and are appointed on a five-year fixed-term. Senior Staff Scientist positions are similar in seniority to Associate/Full Professor rank and are appointed on an open-ended term. 

Successful candidates will join a vibrant and growing scientific community that values both independent and collaborative research. Faculty in the department conduct use-inspired basic research, focusing on systems that involve life in its interactions with physical systems on planet Earth. The department has historical strengths in terrestrial ecology, plant physiology, climate science, energy systems, water resources, nutrient cycling, and aquatic ecology. Research approaches have ranged from field- and laboratory-based investigation to satellite remote sensing. More information about our current staff and their areas of expertise can be found on our website at https://dge.carnegiescience.edu

We seek candidates who will bolster existing areas of research as well those who would add complementary expertise as we further broaden the definition of Global Ecology. Examples of potential areas of interest include integrating mechanistic understanding of the biosphere from the leaf to the global scale, understanding interactions between climate and human health, quantifying feedbacks between physical climate and societal decision-making, anticipating global challenges of emerging technologies, understanding trade-offs and linkages in highly coupled natural, and natural-human systems, understanding the impact of global change on marine ecosystems and vice versa, improving understanding of the linkages among global biogeochemical cycles, and assessing co-benefits or unintended consequences of addressing environmental challenges. Candidates in complementary areas of research are also encouraged to apply. 

Job Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct and publish innovative, cutting-edge research with potential to advance scientific knowledge in areas relevant to the Department of Global Ecology
  • Seek external funding to complement endowment support for research projects and graduate/postdoctoral trainees
  • Mentor/supervise post-doctoral and graduate scientists
  • Contribute to service in support of the department and the organization

Required Qualifications: 

  • PhD in relevant areas of physical, mathematical or life sciences. 
  • Evidence of innovative independent and collaborative research contributions. 
  • Demonstrated promise of external funding success
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM

Anticipated Hire Date: Appointments for all positions could begin as early as January 2021 or as late as September 2021. In light of ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic, we will work with successful candidates to provide flexibility in relocation and start dates to accommodate individual needs and safety. Candidates may be appointed to work remotely for a limited time to accommodate relocation challenges associated with the pandemic.

Application Documents & Submission:  Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter with names of at least three references, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) copies of three to five representative publications, and (4) a 3-4 page statement that addresses current and future research directions, mentoring philosophy, and experience with and/or commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. First consideration of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the positions are filled. Questions about these positions can be addressed to Dr. Anna M. Michalak at dgepositions@carnegiescience.edu. All materials must be submitted through Carnegie’s online application portal: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/dge

Employer Information: Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of background checks. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive. Carnegie Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

The Carnegie Science Mission Statement: Andrew Carnegie established a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind …” The philosophy was and is to devote the institution’s resources to “exceptional” individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie and his trustees realized that flexibility and independence were essential to the institution’s success and that tradition is the foundation of the institution today as it supports basic scientific research. Learn more at https://carnegiescience.edu/why-carnegie.

Global Ecology Senior Staff Scientist

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, California

The Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology seeks applications for two (2) Staff Associates and one (1) Senior Staff Scientist. Scholars in the Department of Global Ecology seek to understand how interactions between the Earth’s biogeochemical cycles and anthropogenic activity affect the sustainability of the Earth system, now and into the future. The Department of Global Ecology is located on the campus of Stanford University in California. The Carnegie Institution for Science has a deep commitment to scientific excellence and to increased diversity in STEM fields; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. 

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery that provides individuals with the freedom and resources to explore areas at the cutting edge of their fields.  Scientists at the Institution have access to generous resources in support of their research and career success, including research equipment, technical staff, computing services/support, professional development opportunities, and discretionary funding for research support. 

About the Position: 

Carnegie staff scientists hold endowment-supported 12 month per annum salaried appointments. They pursue independent research that is supported by a combination of endowment funds and external support. Although staff scientists do not have formal teaching duties, we place considerable emphasis on mentoring graduate and postdoctoral scholars. Staff Associate positions are similar in seniority to early-career Assistant Professors and are appointed on a five-year fixed-term. Senior Staff Scientist positions are similar in seniority to Associate/Full Professor rank and are appointed on an open-ended term. 

Successful candidates will join a vibrant and growing scientific community that values both independent and collaborative research. Faculty in the department conduct use-inspired basic research, focusing on systems that involve life in its interactions with physical systems on planet Earth. The department has historical strengths in terrestrial ecology, plant physiology, climate science, energy systems, water resources, nutrient cycling, and aquatic ecology. Research approaches have ranged from field- and laboratory-based investigation to satellite remote sensing. More information about our current staff and their areas of expertise can be found on our website at https://dge.carnegiescience.edu

We seek candidates who will bolster existing areas of research as well those who would add complementary expertise as we further broaden the definition of Global Ecology. Examples of potential areas of interest include integrating mechanistic understanding of the biosphere from the leaf to the global scale, understanding interactions between climate and human health, quantifying feedbacks between physical climate and societal decision-making, anticipating global challenges of emerging technologies, understanding trade-offs and linkages in highly coupled natural, and natural-human systems, understanding the impact of global change on marine ecosystems and vice versa, improving understanding of the linkages among global biogeochemical cycles, and assessing co-benefits or unintended consequences of addressing environmental challenges. Candidates in complementary areas of research are also encouraged to apply. 

Job Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct and publish innovative, cutting-edge research with potential to advance scientific knowledge in areas relevant to the Department of Global Ecology
  • Seek external funding to complement endowment support for research projects and graduate/postdoctoral trainees
  • Mentor/supervise post-doctoral and graduate scientists
  • Contribute to service in support of the department and the organization

Required Qualifications: 

  • PhD in relevant areas of physical, mathematical or life sciences. 
  • Evidence of innovative independent and collaborative research contributions. 
  • Demonstrated promise of external funding success
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM

Anticipated Hire Date: Appointments for all positions could begin as early as January 2021 or as late as September 2021. In light of ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic, we will work with successful candidates to provide flexibility in relocation and start dates to accommodate individual needs and safety. Candidates may be appointed to work remotely for a limited time to accommodate relocation challenges associated with the pandemic.

Application Documents & Submission:  Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter with names of at least three references, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) copies of three to five representative publications, and (4) a 3-4 page statement that addresses current and future research directions, mentoring philosophy, and experience with and/or commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. First consideration of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the positions are filled. Questions about these positions can be addressed to Dr. Anna M. Michalak at dgepositions@carnegiescience.edu. All materials must be submitted through Carnegie’s online application portal: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/dge

Employer Information: Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of background checks. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive. Carnegie Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

The Carnegie Science Mission Statement: Andrew Carnegie established a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind …” The philosophy was and is to devote the institution’s resources to “exceptional” individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie and his trustees realized that flexibility and independence were essential to the institution’s success and that tradition is the foundation of the institution today as it supports basic scientific research. Learn more at https://carnegiescience.edu/why-carnegie.

Lab Technician (Part-Time)

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

Lab Technician (Part-time)

The Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) is Carnegie Science’s K-12 education arm and is housed within the institution’s headquarters. We have an exciting opportunity for a Lab Technician working in Washington, DC.

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 have served more than 800 students and 1,000 teachers in DC. CASE’s STEM Kits program has trained 70 teachers and 1,500 students have developed skills to handle tools and equipment used in modern research laboratories. CASE was recently named Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE)’s new partner. ABE is an innovative science education program that provides teacher professional development, curriculum materials, and research-grade equipment and supplies to secondary schools. The program features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce students to the excitement of scientific discovery.

CASE is seeking a Lab Technician to prepare biotech kits for classroom use. Kit preparation includes creating reagents, assembling supplies, and allocating materials. The Lab Technician will train high school interns, assist in training high school teachers in basic laboratory research techniques (using the ABE curriculum), assist in implementing the biotechnology program in schools, and support CASE’s education programs. This position is part-time during the school year (approximately 10 hours per week) and may lead to full-time employment in the summer. Compensation based on experience.

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM field preferred
  • At least two years of college in a biological science field required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory skills and concepts required
  • Ability and history of establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective relationships working with individuals from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds
  • Adaptable, able to think on feet, strategic problem solver, multi-tasker, organized, and goal-oriented
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Instructional, lab materials and equipment procurement experience preferred
  • Experience in outreach or teaching in a school or out-of-school environment preferred

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. 

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified 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 protected group status.

Full Time Administrative Assistant

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

POSITION SUMMARY:

Provides high level administrative support to the Department of Global Ecology (DGE). Responsible for the day-to-day and long-term management of the Department and the coordination of activities with internal and external constituents. This is a full time position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage DGE seminars (both internal and external), including contacting seminar speakers, gathering information, preparing announcements, managing meetings with speakers, generating ideas for non-science lunch topics, and managing travel and lodging for seminar speakers.
  • Support incoming faculty, postdocs, and students including arranging travel and lodging, helping them navigate Carnegie systems, and finding local resources.
  • Support DGE faculty as needs arise.
  • Facilitate events for the department, both virtual and in person, which may include items such as catering, purchasing gifts, organizing social events, and supporting planning and logistics for workshops and meetings.
  • Assist in coordinating and implementing communications and outreach across DGE’s websites and social media platforms.
  • Keep the DGE website updated and accurate, including personnel, lab, seminar, news, and other related information.
  • Provide help with communications and outreach efforts. Includes tasks such as working with researchers to develop text and/or visual content for the web site and other public facing materials, and helping to promote this content on social and other media.
  • Coordinate space use within DGE, including coordinating space / desk assignments across labs and ensuring that building use is consistent with COVID protocols.
  • Miscellaneous additional tasks including but not limited to taking meeting minutes, maintaining DGE lobby poster of current staff, updating DGE calendar, and posting relevant email announcements to Slack.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, providing communications  support in a high professional, fast-paced work environment. 
  • Ability to deal appropriately with confidential information and work independently.
  • High levels of organization, reliability, trustworthiness, intelligence, communication skills, and motivation.
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, and spelling skills.
  • Experience or training in obtaining, managing and storing image copyright permissions. Original photography and/or illustration a plus. 
  • Highly empathetic, collegial and service-oriented with strong customer service skills and ability to collaborate with a diverse group of internal and external people.
  • Familiarity with a range of  technology applications, which may include, for example, social media management platforms such as Hootsuite; social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; video editors such as Adobe Premiere Pro; content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal and their associated analytics; and standard office applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat.An ability to learn new technologies as needed. Self-motivated and self-directed person with a helping personality, able to achieve job satisfaction by helping a team be more successful.

Application Documents & Submission:  Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter with names of at least three references and (2) a curriculum vitae. Questions about these positions can be addressed to Clare Tuma, Human Resources Business Partner, at ctuma@carnegiescience.edu. All materials must be submitted through Carnegie’s online application portal: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/dge

Employer Information: Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of background checks. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive. Carnegie Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

The Carnegie Science Mission Statement: Andrew Carnegie established a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind …” The philosophy was and is to devote the institution’s resources to “exceptional” individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie and his trustees realized that flexibility and independence were essential to the institution’s success and that tradition is the foundation of the institution today as it supports basic scientific research. Learn more at https://carnegiescience.edu/why-carnegie.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Quantifying climate impacts on inland and coastal eutrophication

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Quantifying climate impacts on inland and coastal eutrophication

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

The Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science (CIS) is seeking Postdoctoral Research Associates to contribute to research that aims to quantify climate change impacts on freshwater and coastal water quality via influences on nutrient delivery to, and on conditions within, water bodies. Our approach is highly data-driven, with a common methodological thread being the development and application of statistical approaches for optimizing the use of limited in situ and remote sensing environmental data.

There will be considerable flexibility regarding specific scientific questions to be examined, but potential areas of focus include:

  • Attribution of historical water-quality trends and extreme events to climate change and variability;
  • Assessment of historical and future nutrient loading, phytoplankton blooms, and hypoxia in data-poor regions;
  • Development of approaches for using modern satellite-based observations for assessing global variability in lacustrine phytoplankton blooms;
  • Development of partnerships with other labs on targeted field-based projects for assessing climate drivers of water quality impairments;
  • Assessment of water quality management strategies in terms of their robustness to future changes in climate and, conversely, their potential climate impacts.

The position is based in Dr. Anna M. Michalak’s lab and will involve extensive collaboration with researchers at the other institutions, offering excellent opportunities for joint mentoring and career development.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be responsible for identifying innovative strategies for developing a quantitative basis for understanding the impacts of climate on water quality, as well as possible feedbacks with the climate system. While we are interested in site-specific studies, our long-term focus is on developing understanding that is at least in part transferable across systems, such that we can inform processes and variability in poorly sampled regions and at aggregate regional scales.

Position Duties

  • Identify compelling scientific questions, design and conduct high-level research, and collaborate with other members of the Michalak Lab on topics within the broad area defined above.
  • Coordinate with outside collaborators to identify key scientific opportunities and modeling strategies.
  • Lead and contribute to research papers to be published in the peer reviewed literature.

Requirements

  • Ph.D. in hydrology, limnology, remote sensing, earth science, or related field;
  • Experience working with water quantity or quality observations at regional, continental and/or global scales;
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis and modeling approaches;
  • Experience exploring questions about climate and/or water quality;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Anna Michalak at michalak@carnegiescience.edu.  Formal applications for employment must be submitted by clicking on the bar below, and must include a cover letter, CV, and list of at least three references.

The review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until it is filled. Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with work experience and skills.

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

Postdoctoral opportunity: Ecological Modeling of Marine Microheterotrophic Communities

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

We seek a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, focusing on how the diverse communities of microorganisms that consume nonliving organic matter impact the carbon cycle at large scales. Research will use theory and computational modeling to understand how microheterotrophic ecological interactions give rise to observed community composition and nutrient cycling. Specific project focuses are flexible, and may include, for example, the factors maintaining the diversity of free-living microheterotrophic functional types or the controls on the spectrum of organic carbon turnover rates. Fellows will collaboratively design and conduct cutting-edge research, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, and present results at scientific conferences. 
 
Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent by the start of the appointment in the natural sciences and/or mathematics. We seek a candidate with experience in scientific programming and numerical modeling. Though a background in oceanography, biogeochemistry, ecology, or microbiology is helpful, all applicants with excellent critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner will be considered. Additionally, we seek candidates who will work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in the geosciences. 
 
Fellows will join the Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Fellows will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Emily Zakem, with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at DGE, Stanford University, and beyond. Founded in 2002, scientists at DGE conduct basic and applied research into the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems and people. The Carnegie Institution has a commitment to scientific excellence and diversity; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.
 
The start date for the position is flexible, and review of applicants will be ongoing until the position is filled. Initial appointments are for one year, with possible renewal. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. In addition, a budget is available to partially reimburse relocation expenses for successful candidates and their immediate families. Applications consist of a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references submitted through our application portal (see blue bar below). Please contact Emily Zakem (ezakem@carnegiescience.edu) with any questions about the position.
 
Carnegie is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by the law.  

Postdoctoral opportunity: Ecological Modeling of Marine Microheterotrophic Communities

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

We seek a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, focusing on how the diverse communities of microorganisms that consume nonliving organic matter impact the carbon cycle at large scales. Research will use theory and computational modeling to understand how microheterotrophic ecological interactions give rise to observed community composition and nutrient cycling. Specific project focuses are flexible, and may include, for example, the factors maintaining the diversity of free-living microheterotrophic functional types or the controls on the spectrum of organic carbon turnover rates. Fellows will collaboratively design and conduct cutting-edge research, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, and present results at scientific conferences. 
 
Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent by the start of the appointment in the natural sciences and/or mathematics. We seek a candidate with experience in scientific programming and numerical modeling, or with a strong interest in developing these skills. Though a background in oceanography, biogeochemistry, ecology, or microbiology is helpful, all applicants with excellent critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner will be considered. Additionally, we seek candidates who will work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in the geosciences. 
 
Fellows will join the Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Fellows will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Emily Zakem, with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at DGE, Stanford University, and beyond. Founded in 2002, scientists at DGE conduct basic and applied research into the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems and people. The Carnegie Institution has a commitment to scientific excellence and diversity; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.
 
The start date for the position is flexible, and review of applicants will be ongoing until the position is filled. Initial appointments are for one year, with possible renewal. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. In addition, a budget is available to partially reimburse relocation expenses for successful candidates and their immediate families. Applications consist of a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references submitted through our application portal (see blue bar below). Please contact Emily Zakem (ezakem@mit.edu) with any questions about the position.
 
Carnegie is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by the law.  

Postdoctoral opportunity: Microbial Ecological Modeling of the Marine Nitrogen Cycle

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

We seek a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, focusing on how microbial metabolisms and ecological interactions drive nitrogen transformations at large scales. Research will use theory and computational modeling to understand how nitrogen-cycling microorganisms provide feedbacks to current changes in the climate system. Specific project focuses are flexible, and may include, for example, the ecology and biogeochemical impacts of aerobic and anaerobic metabolisms in anoxic marine zones or the global-scale ecology of nitrification in relation to the carbon cycle. Fellows will collaboratively design and conduct cutting-edge research, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, and present results at scientific conferences. 
 
Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent by the start of the appointment in the natural sciences and/or mathematics. We seek a candidate with experience in scientific programming and numerical modeling. Though a background in oceanography, biogeochemistry, ecology, or microbiology is helpful, all applicants with excellent critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner will be considered. Additionally, we seek candidates who will work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in the geosciences. 
 
Fellows will join the Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Fellows will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Emily Zakem, with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at DGE, Stanford University, and beyond. Founded in 2002, scientists at DGE conduct basic and applied research into the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems and people. The Carnegie Institution has a commitment to scientific excellence and diversity; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.
 
The start date for the position is flexible, and review of applicants will be ongoing until the position is filled. Initial appointments are for one year, with possible renewal. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. In addition, a budget is available to partially reimburse relocation expenses for successful candidates and their immediate families. Applications consist of a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references submitted through our application portal (see blue bar below). Please contact Emily Zakem (ezakem@carnegiescience.edu) with any questions about the position.
 
Carnegie is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by the law. 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

We are seeking a highly motivated and creative person; we prefer strong training in molecular biology/bioinformatics/metabolic biology.

The position is available immediately and the project involves elucidating functions associated with the early evolution of primary plastids and photosynthetic processes in eukaryotes. We are especially interested in those innovations that enable the crucial transition of a protist from heterotrophy to photoautotrophy. The Postdoctoral Associate will have the unique opportunity to work closely with other members of a highly motivated 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 NASA and the contract will be for one year at a time (it is a three-year grant) and renewable based on performance.

Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal opportunity employer.  We highly encourage candidates from under represented gender and ethnic groups to apply. 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 characteristics protected by law.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. 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 and at the Las Camapanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/

Life and Environmental Sciences Division Director

Department: DGE – Global Ecology, DPB – Plant Biology, EMB – Embryology

Salary:

Location:

Life and Environmental Sciences Division Director

The Carnegie Institution for Science seeks nominations and applications for an exciting position for a visionary researcher and leader to serve as the Director of the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences. The Division will be based in Pasadena at a soon to be built state-of-the-art research facility.

The Carnegie Institution for Science was founded on the principle that powerful results can be achieved when great scientists have the freedom and resources to follow their curiosity, pursue novel ideas, and tackle big questions that capture their imaginations and inspire their best work.

Carnegie Science is committed to diversity in our workplace and, at this pivotal moment in our history, we are seeking an eminent, ambitious, strategic, dynamic, and collaborative scientist and leader who will inspire our researchers in Life and Environmental Sciences to achieve even greater success, and who will identify and recruit a new and diverse generation of brilliant scientists to make Carnegie Science their intellectual home.

This position represents an exceptional opportunity to establish and lead an internationally renowned research center focused on deepening our understanding of the most pressing scientific questions of our time and shaping innovative solutions to a broad range of issues, with an urgent focus on understanding and mitigating global climate change from molecular to global scales.

We are seeking a Director who can provide insight and support across a wide range of research interests, building on Carnegie’s existing strengths in developmental biology and embryology, plant biology, and global ecology. Today, scientists in this Division are deeply engaged in research across a wide range of interests, including terrestrial ecology, plant physiology, embryogenesis, climate science, water resources, nutrient cycling, aquatic ecology, and molecular mechanisms underlying symbiosis and adaptive strategies in animals and plants. Our scientists are taking leading roles in finding innovative applications of experimental methodologies, to investigate pressing and urgent scientific problems. We seek a Director who can provide expert guidance to lead and support these ongoing efforts and help our researchers achieve high-impact results.

Carnegie’s Life and Environmental Sciences Division’s scientists also play key roles in our interdisciplinary efforts across our divisions. For example, Carnegie scientists are working collaboratively to understand the transition from chemical evolution to biological evolution on the early Earth, with the ultimate goal of assessing the potential for life on other planets. Several of our investigators are deeply involved in space missions, extrasolar planet detection and characterization, as well as observing using our state-of-the-art telescopes in Chile. The new Director will be charged with working in partnership with the President and research staff to find further possibilities for potentially transformational research and facilitate bringing together scientists across the institution and disciplinary boundaries to seek discoveries that will revolutionize our understanding of life itself.

In selecting the new Director, we will be guided by our vision: To be America’s leading independent research laboratory, bringing together a diverse community of exceptional investigators who work across disciplinary boundaries to deliver unconventional, high-impact results in space, Earth, and life sciences, in the pursuit of new knowledge and for the benefit of humanity.

To achieve and sustain our plan for expanding the work of this vital Division, the new Director must be committed to protecting Carnegie’s unique institutional character and promoting a culture of intellectual freedom, collegiality, and uncompromising scientific excellence. The Director’s responsibilities will include leadership of the Division’s transition from Palo Alto and Baltimore to a new site in Pasadena, near Carnegie’s astronomers and astrophysicists and adjacent to the Caltech campus. The Director will be asked to participate meaningfully in the design of a new Carnegie Science building in Pasadena. They also will be tasked with taking a leadership role in developing our recently announced alliance with Caltech and in supporting stronger ties between Carnegie Science researchers and their Caltech peers.

Our new Pasadena location will enable us to expand upon existing Carnegie research relationships with the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, which offers access to real-time satellite views of changing weather patterns and shifts in ecosystems for climate and ecology research and provides opportunities for participation in space missions that can extend our biological research to the furthest reaches of our solar system and beyond. The expansion of the Carnegie Science presence in Pasadena also will create broader opportunities for research partnerships throughout Southern California, including the potential for broad collaborations in global ecology, environmental science, and plant biology with the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Through this expansion and these affiliations, Carnegie Science seeks to make a powerful contribution to Los Angeles’ growing reputation as a preeminent research hub.

The Director will report to President Eric D. Isaacs and will be responsible for all aspects of the Division’s research activities, fundraising, federal awards oversight, financial management, outreach, and other operations. As a member of the Carnegie Institution for Science leadership team, the Director also will work closely with fellow Directors and professional staff to manage Division programs and resources in furtherance of the Carnegie Institution’s scientific and organizational goals. In addition, the new Director will have the opportunity to maintain an active research portfolio and typically be able to dedicate 20-40% of their time to those endeavors.

The successful candidate will present a distinguished record of achievement in research and administration, including experience leading an organization through periods of change. They will demonstrate impeccable scientific judgment, an uncompromising commitment to research excellence, a demonstrated commitment to diversity in all its forms, exceptional interpersonal skills, clarity in oral and written expression, and a deep commitment to and understanding of, interdisciplinary collaboration. They will bring an ability to think strategically about the future of American science and about the ways in which Carnegie can expand its role as an innovative leader of the scientific enterprise. The Director also must be a strong and persuasive communicator who will work with the Carnegie Institution’s leadership to further build its organizational reputation and secure resources to advance its strategic priorities, now and in the years to come.

Opportunities and Challenges for the Position

The Director of the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences will be expected to build on Carnegie’s exceptional national and international reputation and fulfill the new Division’s potential for even greater achievements.

The President and the search committee have identified the following leadership opportunities for the new Director:

Strengthen diversity and inclusion: The Carnegie Institution for Science is fully committed to making this organization a welcoming, supportive, inspiring environment. The new Director will be expected to ensure that the Division is an equitable, diverse, and inclusive place to work, and must hold every staff member accountable for creating a community that actively opposes racism, discrimination, and harassment.

Develop a strategic vision for research excellence: In close collaboration with the President and scientific staff, the Director will lead the development of a robust strategic vision for the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences that is grounded in research excellence and driven by our organizational mission of scientific discovery in service to humanity. The Director must have the interpersonal skills and leadership abilities necessary to build consensus around a variety of issues, including prioritization of resources and support of interdisciplinary programs. These decisions will be guided in part by the Carnegie Institution’s commitment to work with Caltech in planning the new Resnick Sustainability Resource Center, which will focus on core research initiatives in Global Ecology and Biosphere Engineering, Climate Science, and Water Resources. The Director’s strategic vision also should include opportunities for the Carnegie Institution for Science to deepen its engagement with other researchers and institutions throughout Southern California.

Expand and strengthen the Division by leading recruitment and retention of talented researchers: The new Director must be exceptionally skilled in identifying a diverse group of talented and productive researchers and working in collaboration with colleagues within the Division to recruit next generation talent to Carnegie. The Director also is charged with ensuring that researchers have the scientific and financial resources necessary to support their work, enhance their productivity, and foster their retention throughout their complete terms. This effort will require creative, strategic thinking and strong leadership skills to provide a full range of incentives for successfully retaining top talent.

Provide leadership for postdoc education and research: Our postdocs are an integral part of the Carnegie Institution for Science and its tradition of excellence. During their postdoc years, these bright, talented and creative individuals bring fresh ideas, diverse viewpoints, and boundless energy to our shared work, making important contributions to our research efforts. As they move forward in their careers, they serve as ambassadors for Carnegie Science and burnish our reputation as one of the world’s premier scientific organizations. The Director will be responsible for oversight of postdoc recruitment in the Division, to assure that our program continues to attract the world’s most promising young scientists and seeds the field with diverse talent. The Director also will be expected to provide supervision, guidance, and advocacy for these talented individuals throughout the terms of their postdoctoral fellowships. In particular, the Director will be tasked with successful management of the Division’s postdoctoral program during the transition from Palo Alto to Pasadena.

Manage resources to support world-leading research across key topics and disciplines through a period of expansion: The Division of Life and Environmental Sciences is poised for a period of historic growth. This expansion and transition will require a Director who has a sophisticated understanding of budgets and financing, as well as a demonstrated history of developing financially sustainable models for aligning resources with research excellence and an ability to work in collaboration with peers and staff to find innovative solutions and implement financial plans.

Increase resources through fundraising: This Division’s expansion, with its urgent focus on environmental solutions, provides a compelling story to enlist new supporters and deepen our engagement with current donors. The new Director will work closely with colleagues in the Carnegie Institution for Science Office of Advancement to identify development opportunities and to take an active part in fundraising and community engagement. This responsibility will require an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to align potential donors with opportunities to support crucial research.

Build interdisciplinary collaborations across Divisions: The Director will strengthen and expand existing internal collaborations in ways that leverage and deepen Carnegie research excellence across the entire Institution. These cross-Divisional collaborations, which often enable pursuit of unusual and non-mainstream ideas, reflect Carnegie’s distinct organizational advantage in investigating novel research directions that can emerge at the often unexplored areas where disciplines intersect and that can lead to fundamental scientific breakthroughs.

Serve as one of the Institution’s senior leaders, advocating effectively for the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences and building a more responsive, transparent, and collaborative culture: The Director of the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences must be an effective advocate for the Division in Carnegie-wide settings and must build strong relationships with members of the Board of Trustees. The Director also must provide clear, accurate, and frequent communications about recruitment, resource allocation, and other important decisions to ensure that department leaders and staff are engaged and included in the decision-making processes.

Experience

A successful candidate should have many of the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

Academic stature: A record of distinguished academic accomplishments and appointments appropriate to the leadership of a Division in an organization with a worldwide reputation for research excellence.

Academic leadership: Proven ability in fostering a strong commitment to the continued excellence of the Division’s research programs and respect for the talent and commitment of an exceptional scientific staff. The Director also must display robust intellectual curiosity beyond disciplinary boundaries to engage effectively and productively with peer Directors and leaders across Carnegie divisions.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion impact: Demonstrated leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in staff recruitment and retention, as well as a track record of establishing and leading a fair, equitable, and supportive workplace.

Management experience: Experience with management of complex organizational structures, and especially the ability to work effectively and build cooperative relationships. Proven ability to solve problems creatively and effectively.

Fundraising skill: Experience in successful donor development and high-level fundraising, with an enthusiastic commitment to identifying and securing new resources and engaging others in fundraising activities.

Financial sophistication: Substantial experience in financial management.

Effective communication: Accessibility and the ability to communicate transparently and effectively in a timely manner with Carnegie Institution leadership, Division researchers and staff, Trustees, donors, and other constituents.

About The Carnegie Institution for Science

The Carnegie Institution for Science is composed of three research Divisions: Life & Environmental Sciences, Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Astronomy & Astrophysics. The Carnegie Institution currently employs 65 scientific staff and 111 postdocs across its six U.S. campuses and its Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.

Carnegie’s endowment is valued at approximately $950M. The operating budget of the Carnegie Institution for Science was $93.5 million in fiscal year 2019, of which $36 million was funded through outside revenue.

The Division of Life and Environmental Sciences will build on the world-leading strengths of the departments of Embryology, on the Johns Hopkins campus in Baltimore, and Global Ecology and Plant Biology, located on Stanford University’s campus in Palo Alto. Starting in 2024, these currently spatially separated departments will begin moving to a newly built facility in Pasadena, two blocks north of the Caltech campus.

Pasadena is a flourishing and attractive community offering a wide range of amenities:

  • High-quality housing, with a median home price of $825,000 and the average rent for a two- bedroom apartment is $2,600. The city includes many architecturally significant homes and buildings.
  • Highly ranked public and private schools, including Pasadena Polytech, which is considered one of the best K-12 schools in the country.
  • Light rail access to downtown Los Angeles, with easy links to the metropolitan transit
  •  Convenient access to airports. LAX is about 40 minutes away by car and the Hollywood Burbank airport is about 20 minutes.
  • More restaurants per capita than New York City and a thriving downtown offering a variety of national chains and local boutiques.

Search Process

The Carnegie Institution for Science is being assisted in this recruitment by the international leadership advisory firm Spencer Stuart and welcomes nominations or expressions of interest. To submit comments, nominations, or expressions of interest, please send an e-mail with any supporting materials to the confidential address: CarnegieDivDirector@spencerstuart.com

 The Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding researchers and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

 

Part Time Administrative and Communications Assistant

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

POSITION SUMMARY:

Provides social media and website  support to the Department of Global Ecology (DGE). Creates, publishes, and manages written and graphic content for  the Department’s outward-facing communications. This is a part time position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in coordinating and implementing communications and outreach across DGE’s websites and social media platforms.
  • Keep the DGE website updated and accurate, including personnel, lab, seminar, news, and other related information.
  • Provide help with communications and outreach efforts. Includes tasks such as working with ecology researchers to develop text and/or visual content for the website and other public facing materials, and helping to promote this content on social and other media.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, providing communications  support in a high professional, fast-paced work environment. 
  • Ability to deal appropriately with confidential information and work independently.
  • High levels of organization, reliability, trustworthiness, intelligence, communication skills, and motivation.
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, and spelling skills.
  • Experience or training in obtaining, managing and storing image copyright permissions. Original photography and/or illustration a plus. 
  • Highly empathetic, collegial and service-oriented with strong customer service skills and ability to collaborate with a diverse group of internal and external people.
  • Familiarity with a range of  technology applications, which may include, for example, social media management platforms such as Hootsuite; social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; video editors such as Adobe Premiere Pro; content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal and their associated analytics; and standard office applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat.An ability to learn new technologies as needed. Self-motivated and self-directed person with a helping personality, able to achieve job satisfaction by helping a team be more successful.

Application Documents & Submission:  Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter with names of at least three references and (2) a curriculum vitae. Questions about these positions can be addressed to Clare Tuma, Human Resources Business Partner, at ctuma@carnegiescience.edu. All materials must be submitted through Carnegie’s online application portal: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/dge.

Employer Information: Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of background checks. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive. Carnegie Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

The Carnegie Science Mission Statement: Andrew Carnegie established a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind …” The philosophy was and is to devote the institution’s resources to “exceptional” individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie and his trustees realized that flexibility and independence were essential to the institution’s success and that tradition is the foundation of the institution today as it supports basic scientific research. Learn more at https://carnegiescience.edu/why-carnegie.

Postdoctoral Fellow Cleves & Moi Lab

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: TBD

Location: Baltimore, MD

Overview:

The Cleves Lab and The Moi Lab at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Embryology and Plant Biology seek an ambitious postdoctoral fellow interested in using genome-wide association approaches and CRISPR/Cas9 methods to identify and functionally test natural alleles associated with ecologically important traits in coral species. They will drive a collaborative project working closely with the Cleves lab and the Moi Lab. Specifically, the laboratory work of this postdoctoral position will be based in the Cleves lab at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Embryology in Baltimore, MD, with remote computational work to be conducted in close collaboration with the Moi lab at the Carnegie’s Department of Plant Biology at Stanford, CA.

The Cleves Lab uses genetic, biochemical, and cell biology methods to understand the molecular and cellular bases of coral-algal symbiosis and why it breaks down due to stress. We use a variety of organisms from corals in the field to tractable model organisms in the lab (e.g., the small anemone, Aiptasia). Recently, we have developed CRISPR/Cas9 knock-out technology in reef-building corals offering an exciting opportunity to understand coral gene function for the first time. In addition to these genetic tools, we use a combination of single-cell RNAseq, genomics, proteomics, and state-of-the-art microscopy to understand the cell biology of these charismatic and ecologically important organisms.

The Moi Lab is focused on understanding the genetic basis of ecologically adaptive traits. Using statistical and evolutionary genetic approaches, we infer how natural selection by climate have shaped species genetic makeup and geographic distributions. Both of which are key to understanding species responses to climate change.

Position Details:

We seek a postdoc interested in applying modern genome-wide methods and advancing current CRISPR/Cas9 methods to identify and functionally test genomic regions of natural selection in coral populations. Because of the nature of the research, the ideal candidate would have experience in both genome-wide association studies and  in using genetic editing approaches in model or non-model organisms with an interest in cell and developmental biology. This position is currently fully funded for two years as a collaborative effort between the two Carnegie Labs.

Relevant papers:

  1. Cleves PA, Krediet CJ, Lehnert EM, Tinoco AI, Onishi M, Pringle JR. Insights into the mechanisms of coral bleaching from analysis of gene expression during heat stress in a sea-anemone model system. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 117(46): 28906-28917
  1. Cleves PA, Tinoco AI, Bradford J, Perrin D, Bay LK, Pringle JR. Reduced thermal tolerance in a coral carrying CRISPR-induced mutations in the gene for a heat-shock transcription factor. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 117(46): 28899-28905
  1. Cleves PA, Shumaker A, Lee J, Putnam HM, Bhattacharya D.Unknown to known: advancing knowledge of coral gene function. Trends Genet. 36(2):93-104
  1. Cleves PA, Strader ME, Bay LK, Pringle JR, Matz MV. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing in a reef-building coral. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 115(20): 5235-5240
  1. Capblancq, T., M. C. Fitzpatrick, R. A. Bay, M. Exposito-Alonso, and S. R. Keller. Genomic Prediction of (Mal)Adaptation Across Current and Future Climatic Landscapes. Annual review of ecology, evolution, and systematics 51:245–269.
  1. Exposito-Alonso, M., 500 Genomes Field Experiment Team, H. A. Burbano, O. Bossdorf, R. Nielsen, and D. Weigel. Natural selection in the Arabidopsis thaliana genome in present and future climates. Nature 573:126–129.
  1. Exposito-Alonso, M., F. Vasseur, W. Ding, G. Wang, H. A. Burbano, and D. Weigel. Genomic basis and evolutionary potential for extreme drought adaptation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature ecology & evolution 2:352–358.

Please click below to apply. Applications must include:

  1. A cover letter highlighting past research and includes a proposed direction of post-doc research in our lab.
  2.  CV
  3.  A list of three references.

Informal inquiries and questions should be directed to Dr. Phillip Cleves at cleves@carnegiescience.edu

About the research environment:

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/.

Additional Information:

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. 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 characteristics protected by law.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with various viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Laboratory Technician- Fan Lab

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: TBD

Location: Baltimore, MD

Laboratory Technician

Location: Baltimore, MD

Overview:

The Fan Lab of the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Embryology is seeking an enthusiastic and organized Laboratory Technician. Please click here for additional information about the Fan Lab. Recent graduates with an interest in bio-medical research are strongly encouraged to apply.

Desired Qualifications:

B.S. in Biology

Strong attention to detail

Ability to work independently and in a group setting

Additional Information:

The Department of Embryology is one of five 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/.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified 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 protected group status.

 

Postdoc/Senior Research Scientist

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary:

Location: Baltimore, MD

Position: Postdoc/Senior Research Scientist

Department: EMB

Lab: Belin Lab

Overview:

The Belin lab (http://www.belinlab.org) is a newly established research group at the Carnegie Institution’s Embryology Department (https://emb.carnegiescience.edu/), located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. We seek motivated postdocs or senior research scientists to study the cell biology of nitrogen-fixing bacteria and their symbioses with plants. Two projects are currently available, relating to the roles of microbially-produced plant hormones in plant-microbe symbioses and the functions of lipids in bacterial membrane organization; candidates may also develop new projects based on their own research interests. Both positions are full-time with competitive salary and benefit packages and flexible start dates.

The selected candidates will be joining a small, highly collegial laboratory within a large and vibrant research community, with many opportunities to present their work to multiple departments throughout Johns Hopkins and Carnegie. Belin lab members have access to facilities and equipment across both institutes, including a suite of newly installed plant growth chambers and auxiliary growth room, mass spec, and state-of-the-art super-resolution confocal microscopes intended for use during these projects. Dr. Belin is committed to the professional development of all hires, with opportunities available to participate in grant writing, mentorship of junior lab members, and lab management. Postdoc candidates additionally will receive ample support in the preparation of fellowship proposals and applications for independent research positions and will be provided with a formal mentorship committee of senior faculty.

Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the life sciences or a related discipline. While expertise in plant cultivation, small molecule characterization, super resolution microscopy, or bacterial genetics are desirable, highly curious candidates from any area of the life sciences who are enthusiastic about learning new skills are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send the following materials to belin at carnegiescience dot edu :

  • Brief cover letter including long-term career goals
  • CV emphasizing prior research experience
  • Contact information for three references
  • Publications or preprints (if available)

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. 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: TBD

Location: Baltimore, MD

Overview:

The Zheng Lab at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Embryology seeks ambitious postdoctoral fellows interested in understanding the role of lamins in mouse development. The Zheng lab has developed mouse models that allow the study of individual and different combinations of the three lamin genes using germline or conditional lamin knockout. The lab also developed mouse embryonic stem cells lacking all or different combinations of lamins. By employing a wide range of genomic tools and cell biological approaches, the lab has observed a number of interesting phenotypes in different lamin knockout combinations. We seek a postdoctoral fellow with skills in analyzing mouse early embryos, ES cell derivation, and the use of ES cells to study differentiation.

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.
  2. 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 .
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.

 

 

Postdoctoral Associate

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: NIH-NRSA Stipend Scale

Location: Baltimore, MD

Description:

Postdoctoral 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.

Part Time Administrative Assistant

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

POSITION SUMMARY:

Provides high level administrative support to the Department of Global Ecology (DGE). Responsible for the day-to-day and long-term management of the Department and the coordination of activities with internal and external constituents. This is a part time position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage DGE seminars (both internal and external), including contacting seminar speakers, gathering information, preparing announcements, managing meetings with speakers, generating ideas for non-science lunch topics, and managing travel and lodging for seminar speakers.
  • Support incoming faculty, postdocs, and students including arranging travel and lodging, helping them navigate Carnegie systems, and finding local resources.
  • Support DGE faculty as needs arise.
  • Facilitate events for the department, both virtual and in person, which may include items such as catering, purchasing gifts, organizing social events, and supporting planning and logistics for workshops and meetings.
  • Coordinate space use within DGE, including coordinating space / desk assignments across labs and ensuring that building use is consistent with COVID protocols.
  • Miscellaneous additional tasks including but not limited to taking meeting minutes, maintaining DGE lobby poster of current staff, updating DGE calendar, and posting relevant email announcements to Slack.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, providing administrative support in a high professional work environment.
  • Ability to deal appropriately with confidential information and work independently.
  • High levels of organization, reliability, trustworthiness, intelligence, communication skills, and motivation.
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, spelling, and adequate typing skills.
  • Experience in managing multiple calendars, and planning meetings and travel arrangements.
  • Highly empathetic, collegial and service-oriented with strong customer service skills and ability to collaborate with a diverse group of internal and external people.
  • Familiarity with technology applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat as well as an ability to learn new technologies as needed.
  • Self-motivated and self-directed person with a helping personality, able to achieve job satisfaction by helping a team be more successful.

Application Documents & Submission:  Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter with names of at least three references and (2) a curriculum vitae. Questions about these positions can be addressed to Clare Tuma, Human Resources Business Partner, at ctuma@carnegiescience.edu. All materials must be submitted through Carnegie’s online application portal: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/dge.

Employer Information: Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of background checks. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive. Carnegie Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

The Carnegie Science Mission Statement: Andrew Carnegie established a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind …” The philosophy was and is to devote the institution’s resources to “exceptional” individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie and his trustees realized that flexibility and independence were essential to the institution’s success and that tradition is the foundation of the institution today as it supports basic scientific research. Learn more at https://carnegiescience.edu/why-carnegie.

Research Assistant

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

Research assistant position to study nutrient sensing in plants using mass spectrometry-based technology 

A part-time research assistant position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Shouling Xu (https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/labs/xu-lab) in the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, CA. 

Qualified candidates will be using state-of-art mass spectrometry based technology to study nutrient sensing in Arabidopsis. Candidates with prior experience in mass spectrometry, including sample preparation or data analysis are especially encouraged to apply. Working experience with plants and skills in R, python and mass spectrometry data analysis are pluses. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate critical thinking and teamwork skills, as well as enthusiasm for learning new technologies. 

Additional information: The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, privately endowed, research institution. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals capable of working at the cutting edge of their research fields. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry, laboratory facilities for molecular genetic studies of plants, growth facilities for photosynthetic microbes and higher plants, field experimental stations, and high-performance computing nodes.

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. 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 characteristics protected by law. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse research community and we encourage applications by members of all underrepresented groups.

Part-Time Research Assistant

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $20 per hour

Location: Stanford, CA

Part-Time Research Assistant

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Location: Stanford, CA

Immediate opening for a 1-year Part Time Research Assistant position in the laboratory of Dr. Shouling Xu / Mass Spectrometry Facility at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, in Stanford, California. The position is for about 15-19 hours per week. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment.

Duties include:

  • Plan approach to experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory.
  • Independently conduct experiments; maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Apply the theories and methods of a life science discipline to interpret and perform analyses of experiment results; offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with senior researcher.
  • Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and apply learnings to related research.
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.

Qualifications:

– Strong academic record and Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology/ or equivalent. Completion of an undergraduate course in plant biology is a plus.

– 1-2 years of lab experience (outside of coursework) and familiarity with common molecular biology techniques such as PCR and cloning, western. 

-The job requires someone who is meticulous, proactive, and highly organized.

– Good judgment and common sense as well as critical thinking and attention to detail are required. Must possess excellent analytical, and written/verbal communication skills and be able to work as part of a team.

– General understanding of scientific principles. Demonstrated performance to use knowledge and skills when needed.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply theoretical knowledge of science principals to problem solve work.
  • Ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.

Please include contact information, a cover letter, a resume, work experience, and 2 letters of recommendation.

To apply, please submit your application below.

The Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal opportunity employer.  We highly encourage candidates from under represented gender and ethnic groups to apply. 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 characteristics protected by law.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Carnegie Institution for Science is a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences. It 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 be “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. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/

 

 

Research Assistant

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

Research assistant position to study nutrient sensing and alternative splicing in plants

A part-time research assistant position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Shouling Xu (https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/labs/xu-lab) in the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, CA. 

Qualified candidates will be using various RNA related technology to study nutrient sensing and alternative splicing in Arabidopsis. Candidates with prior experience in RNA sample preparation are especially encouraged to apply. Working experience with plants and skills in R, python are pluses. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate critical thinking and teamwork skills, as well as enthusiasm for learning new technologies. 

Additional information: The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, privately endowed, research institution. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals capable of working at the cutting edge of their research fields. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry, laboratory facilities for molecular genetic studies of plants, growth facilities for photosynthetic microbes and higher plants, field experimental stations, and high-performance computing nodes.

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. 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 characteristics protected by law. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse research community and we encourage applications by members of all underrepresented groups.

 

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: 62,700

Location: Stanford, CA

We have a postdoctoral position for at least one year on a project focused on transforming symbiotic dinoflagellates in the family Symbiodiniaceae and understanding their interactions with their cnidarian hosts, including corals and sea anemones (most work will be done using the sea anemone Aiptasia pallida). Achieving transformation of these organisms will allow us to approach many questions concerning the interactions of the symbiont with its host, the importance of specific algal genes in the symbiotic process, the role of photosynthesis in the uptake and maintenance of the symbiont and the molecular mechanisms associated with coral bleaching, an area of major concern in many parts of the world. It will also facilitate our understanding of molecular mechanisms associated with the unusual structure of both the nuclear and chloroplast genomes, aspects of photosynthetic function and the nature of the processes involved in controlling the exchange of carbon and nitrogen between the alga and its host. The project will encourage interactions with other researchers working on the cnidarians/corals, including the laboratories of John Pringle and Steve Palumbi at Stanford University. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked with alga and who have strong training in molecular technology.  If interested, please apply below. For inquiries please contact Arthur Grossman, and also send all information including a CV, directly to Arthur Grossman (arthurg@stanford.edu).

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. 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 and at the Las Camapanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

Postdoc Position Population Genetics in Plant Evolve & Resequence Experiments

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $64,268

Location: Stanford, CA

Moi Exposito-Alonso Lab – www.moisesexpositoalonso.org
Carnegie Institution for Science & Stanford University, California 94305, USA
2 years with potential extensions up to 5 years
Earliest starting date: immediately available, flexible
Closing date: accepting applications until filled

Description

We aim to recruit highly motivated and creative people with strong training in statistical or population genetics. Our group seeks to understand how and whether populations genetically adapt rapidly to different climates. The project involves using and developing population genetics theory and conducting analyses with whole-genome sequence data from evolution experiments with Arabidopsis thaliana. These experiments are being conducted in ~50 locations around the world and populations are re-sequenced for 3+ consecutive years (GrENE-net.org). With this data some questions we aim to address are: How strong, polygenic, and repeatable is natural selection in realistic environments? Can we predict it? How does it vary across dense climate gradients? Can we detect statistical signals preceding extinction or adaptation of experimental populations?The position requires leading research independently using large genomic and experimental datasets, participating in collaborative projects, preparing publications, and presenting research in scientific meetings.

Equal opportunity employer

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws. We aim to have a vibrantly diverse lab, which is essential to tackle scientific questions from different creative angles. The main requirement for these positions is that you are passionate about the topics above, so please apply! 

Requirements

Required qualifications for these positions are a doctoral degree in any of the following areas: molecular biology, population genetics, evolutionary biology, ecology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, or statistics; a track record of research productivity and independence, and a willingness to work closely with collaborators and lab members. 

Position details

This is a full-time position with a competitive annual salary of $64,638 and benefits. The lab is located at the Carnegie Institution on the Stanford University campus. Carnegie Postdocs have access to Stanford facilities. Stanford campus is a vibrant community embedded in the San Francisco Bay area, with opportunities for extensive social and scientific interactions. The initial position will be for one year with potential renewal of up to five years depending upon performance. 

Additional information

The Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington) is a private endowment U.S.-based non-profit, located on the campus of Stanford University since 1928. 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 and at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators have made key discoveries in plant biology, including early experiments of local adaptation (Clausen, Keck, Hiesey), the discovery of transposable elements (McClintock), plant ecophysiology at global scales (Berry, Field), the discovery of key photosynthesis and phototropism genes (Grossman, Briggs), or The Arabidopsis Information Resource TAIR (Rhee, Somerville). The Department of Plant Biology (https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu) and Global Ecology (https://dge.carnegiescience.edu) have state-of-the-art facilities for molecular genetic studies of plants, greenhouses and field sites, and computer resources. The lab is co-affiliated with the Department of Biology at Stanford University (https://biology.stanford.edu) and with the center of Computational Evolutionary and Human Genetics (http://cehg.stanford.edu). The ideal candidate would become an active member of this community and would strengthen collaborative connections with grad students, postdocs, and faculty members across campus.

Contact

Informal inquiries about this position can be made by emailing Moises (Moi) Exposito-Alonso at moilabjobapplications@gmail.com. To be formally considered, please include: (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) three referees whom I can ask for letters of recommendation; and submit your application by clicking the blue “Apply Now” box below.

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: 60,000

Location: Stanford, CA

We have a 3-year postdoctoral position for work focused on understanding interactions in synthetic communities of bacteria present in hot spring mats of Yellowstone National Park. These ‘laboratory communities’ will reveal the overall metabolic landscape of the mats using the entire community and synthetic combinations of component organisms. Applications of sequencing and metabolomics will reveal key metabolic pathways used by the different members of the community under different light and nutrient conditions and over the diel cycle, and various aspect of interactions among the bacteria. Experiments will also be performed to analyze how abrupt changes in light intensity and temperature as well as the addition of exogenous microbes impact mat growth, structure, electrical and metabolic networks. The work will be performed by an international group of investigators. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked with microbes and have experience with molecular and omics approaches.  If interested, please apply below. For informal inquiries, please contact Arthur Grossman (arthurg@stanford.edu) and Devaki Bhaya (dbhaya@carnegiescience.edu).

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. 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 and at the Las Camapanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

Postdoctoral Positions – Xu and Wang Labs

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

Multiple postdoc positions are available at Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, to study the signaling networks mediated by O-GlcNAc and O-fucose modifications and phosphorylation in Arabidopsis.  Specifically, the research projects will focus on understanding how sugar modifications and phosphorylation of cellular proteins integrate metabolic signals with external cues and regulate transcription, RNA splicing, cell differentiation, growth and development in Arabidopsis. The research projects provide broad training from proteomics/mass spectrometry to molecular genetics, and are expected to lead to independent careers in this emerging field of sugar signaling in plants. The candidate is required to have a Ph.D in biology or (bio)chemistry and to have demonstrated excellence in basic research of any biological system. Experience in protein biochemistry, mass spectrometry, omics data analysis, and signal transduction is preferred. To apply, please send a single pdf file that includes a cover letter describing research experiences and career goals, CV with list of publications and contact information for 3 professional references to Shouling Xu at slxu@stanford.edu and Zhi-Yong Wang at zywang24@stanford.edu.

To apply, please submit your application below.

Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal opportunity employer.  We highly encourage candidates from under represented gender and ethnic groups to apply. 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 characteristics protected by law.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Carnegie Institution for Science is a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences. It 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 be “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. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/

 

Part-Time Research Assistant

Salary: $20 per hour

Location: Stanford, CA

Part-Time Research Assistant

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Location: Stanford, CA

Immediate opening for a 1-year Part Time Research Assistant position in the laboratory of Dr. Shouling Xu / Mass Spectrometry Facility at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, in Stanford, California. The position is for about 15-19 hours per week. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment.

Duties include:

  • Plan approach to experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory.
  • Independently conduct experiments; maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Apply the theories and methods of a life science discipline to interpret and perform analyses of experiment results; offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with senior researcher.
  • Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and apply learnings to related research.
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.

Qualifications:

– Strong academic record and Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology/ or equivalent. Completion of an undergraduate course in plant biology is a plus.

– 1-2 years of lab experience (outside of coursework) and familiarity with common molecular biology techniques such as PCR and cloning, western. 

-The job requires someone who is meticulous, proactive, and highly organized.

– Good judgment and common sense as well as critical thinking and attention to detail are required. Must possess excellent analytical, and written/verbal communication skills and be able to work as part of a team.

– General understanding of scientific principles. Demonstrated performance to use knowledge and skills when needed.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply theoretical knowledge of science principals to problem solve work.
  • Ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.

Please include contact information, a cover letter, a resume, work experience, and 2 letters of recommendation.

To apply, please submit your application below.

The Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal opportunity employer.  We highly encourage candidates from under represented gender and ethnic groups to apply. 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 characteristics protected by law.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Carnegie Institution for Science is a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences. It 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 be “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. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/

 

 

Postdoctoral Fellow–AEThER program

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate mantle solidification from a magma ocean state, including chemical interactions with a primordial atmosphere. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community at the Carnegie Institution for Science.  We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together.  As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

This postdoctoral position is part of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded AEThER (Atmospheric Empirical, Theoretical, and Experimental Research) team that is investigating how primary atmospheres form in conjunction with the solidification of the mantle during planet formation.  The larger motivation is to aid in the search for life on exoplanets by understanding how planetary atmospheres form and evolve.

Modeling the solidification of a magma ocean is a complex dynamic process that involves two-phase convection of solid and liquid silicate phases, chemical partitioning, variable solidus and radiogenic heating rates, and chemical exchange with the atmosphere. The candidate will develop and use numerical models in 1D, 2D, and/or 3D to model the solidification of the mantle, from a fully liquid state to a solid state in direct collaboration with Drs. Peter Driscoll (EPL), Brad Foley (Penn State University), and Cian Wilson (EPL).  Collaboration with other members of the AEThER team working on related topics is also anticipated.

Minimum qualifications: The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in geophysics, physics, planetary science, or a related field at the time of appointment.  The candidate should have experience in computational fluid dynamics and programming proficiency, especially with C++ and/or python.

Desired qualifications:  Familiarity with finite element or other numerical modeling software is desirable, and experience with numerical software packages FEniCS, PETSc and MPI is a bonus.

The appointment is for one year, with renewal for a second year pending progress.  The position is available September 1, 2021 and will be based at the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC.  This is an FLSA Exempt position. Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.  Review of applications will begin July 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

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.