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

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Stanford, CA

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Sue Rhee at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, to create and analyze metabolic networks of plants. Plant metabolism is the biological engine that feeds the world, not only humans but also microbes and animals. The successful candidate will lead the development of novel computational algorithms for annotating subcellular localization of plant metabolic reactions as a part of a team called the Plant Metabolic Network (PMN, www.plantcyc.org). The successful candidate will have opportunities to develop other algorithms addressing a broad array of questions regarding evolution, function, or regulation of metabolic networks in plants by leveraging the tools and data generated at the PMN and the Rhee lab, including standard molecular genetic tools and resources.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biology, Mathematics, Engineering or a related field, and a strong background in algorithm development, statistics, machine learning as well as a strong interest in applying computational approaches to address biological problems. The successful candidate should also have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, excellent communication and teamwork skills, and enthusiasm for learning new things. Proficiency in Matlab, R and Python is a plus.

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

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

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Stanford, CA

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

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biology, Biochemistry or a related field, and a strong background in computational pipeline development, statistics and programming, as well as a strong interest in applying machine learning and other computational approaches to address interesting biological problems. Candidates with experience in developing machine learning algorithms are especially encouraged to apply. Working experience in large-scale sequence analysis, phylogenomics, and proficiency in programming languages of Python and/or Perl are pluses. The successful candidate should also have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, excellent communication and teamwork skills, and enthusiasm for learning new things.
The Carnegie Institution, a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences, was founded and endowed by

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

Grants Manager

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a non-profit, world-class research institution. Carnegie’s Plant Biology and Global Ecology departments are located on Stanford University campus, California. Website: www.dpb.carnegiescience.edu and www.dge.carnegiescience.edu. The two departments, which share facilities and administrative support team, are seeking to fill the full-time position of Human Resources and Departmental Administrator.

The Grants Manager will report to the Department Directors and Departmental Administrator to manage the proposal preparation and post award activities of federal and private grants, contracts and program projects for the departments. This position is responsible for ensuring that sponsored projects are in compliance with all Carnegie policy, sponsor and government regulations, and guides the department staff scientists (Principal Investigators-PIs) through these policies and procedures as needed.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES*:

  • Participate with PIs 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.
  • Develop, prepare, and finalize project budgets, and provide budget justifications.
  • Serve as liaison and active partner between PIs, Head Quarters (HQ) Office of Sponsored Programs (HQ OSP), and research groups; respond to HQ-OSP and sponsor inquiries.
  • Collaborate and work closely with HQ-OSP and Department business office and Financial Analyst to ensure awards are set up properly and cost-sharing requirements are fulfilled.
  • Monitor financial status of the grant to ensure expenditures are allocable and allowable, prior approval has been obtained where needed, and spending flexibility requirements are being met.
  • Review and approve correct charging of expenditures by working with business office and Financial Analyst, and oversee compliance related to fund and revenue.
  • Participate in contract closeout process; submit annual and final reports and work with HQ OSP on financial closeout. Compile information and documents needed for audit inquiries.
  • Manage subrecipient process which includes conducting risk assessments, monitoring, and close-out procedures.
  • Serve as resource and overall technical resource for compliance and sponsored programs to PIs and other staff.
  • Participate in and contribute to process improvements. Lead other staff group projects.  May participate as a mentor and provide cross-training as needed.
  • *-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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of governmental regulations (see below)
• Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate policies and procedures.
• Ability to collaborate with others on projects
• Excellent oral, written and communication skills.
• Knowledge of procurement needs, including sole-sourcing, cost analyses, vendor requirements, and business reporting.
• Extreme attention to detail.
• Ability to work well independently, but also to seek or offer assistance 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.
• Certification in Grants Management desired.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
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 Grants Manager 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.

Application Process: On-line applications only

Carnegie offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Application Deadline: Until Filled
No phone calls please. Only candidates who meet our requirements will be contacted.

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

Outreach Educator – 9 months/year

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: $20-$22/hour

Location: Baltimore, MD

Job Summary: The BioEYES program seeks an Outreach Educator for its classroom education programs.

Principal Responsibilities: Teaching BioEYES outreach programs (www.bioeyes.org) in K–12 schools in the Baltimore, MD region. The outreach educator will also assist in conducting and coordinating the efforts to recruit, train, support, and evaluate teachers; schedule schools for programming; conduct presentations and assessments; liaise with school systems and partners; help maintain program fish; give program input; recruit and supervise volunteers; and assist with the equipment and materials needed for successful implementation. The outreach educator will also attend events and conferences in order to educate stakeholders about BioEYES.

Qualifications:
B.S. or B.A.
Knowledge of basic biology
Experience in teaching, fish biology, and stream ecology are preferred
Experience working with a diverse student population in a caring, patient and supportive way.
Heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs) is sometimes required and a car is required for this position.

Additional information: BioEYES is housed at the Department of Embryology, 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. Mileage reimbursement is available, as well as a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply: A cover letter and resume listing two professional references are required to apply.

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.

Senior Manager of Foundation Relations

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

Carnegie Science is seeking a Senior Manager of Foundation Relations to join its pursuit. Significant funding for the Carnegie Institution’s programs has historically come from the sizeable endowment left by Andrew Carnegie himself. Under the leadership of President Matthew P. Scott and Chief Development Officer Ann McElwain, Carnegie Science is making a committed investment in building a best-in-class fundraising program that will match and sustain the efforts of its world-class research teams.

The ideal Senior Manager of Foundation Relations will have:

  • 5 years in a development operation within a complex non-profit organization, including at least 2 years of foundation work.
  • Experience working in a major scientific community with researchers and senior administrators.
  • Successful track record of securing 7-figure foundation grants.
  • Knowledge of all phases of donor pipeline management, including prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Experience conceptualizing, planning, and implementing a strategic approach to packaging the work of researchers.
  • Demonstrated ability to write accessibly about complex scientific and technical matters.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; degree or equivalent experience in a communications field is necessary with a degree in science writing preferred.

For more information and a complete list of requirements or to apply, please visit http://www.driconsulting.com or email search@driconsulting.com. In your email, please tell us where you learned of this position.

Manager of Donor Relations

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

Carnegie Science is seeking a Manager of Donor Relations to join its pursuit. Significant funding for the Carnegie Institution’s programs has historically come from the sizeable endowment left by Andrew Carnegie himself. Under the leadership of President Matthew P. Scott and Chief Development Officer Ann McElwain, Carnegie Science is making a committed investment in building a best-in-class fundraising program that will match and sustain the efforts of its world-class research teams. Reporting to the CDO, the Manager of Donor Relations will work with Senior Managers of Individual Giving and Foundation Relations to create an institution-wide process for engaging, recognizing, and stewarding the institution’s donors. S/he will also play a primary role in developing standards for and drafting written donor communications to donors.

The ideal Manager of Donor Relations will have:

  • 5 years of professional experience, including at least 1 year in development/marketing.
  • Familiarity with the major donor life cycle and understanding of the principles and best practices of stewarding stakeholders.
  • Record of developing strategic and creative approaches to stakeholder communications and outreach.
  • Excellent written communication skills, particularly in developing public-facing persuasive documents; development communications experience is preferred.
  • Ability to produce high-quality documents at a high volume on tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated capacity to write effectively in the voice of a range of others.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; degree in a communications or science field is preferred.

For more information and a complete list of requirements or to apply, please visit http://www.driconsulting.com or email search@driconsulting.com. In your email, please tell us where you learned of this position.

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Environmental Modeling to Assess Efficacy and Unintended Consequences of Proposed Solutions to Climate and Energy Problems.

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary:

Location: Stanford

 

We seek to understand the effectiveness of proposed solutions to climate and energy problems, and whether these proposed solutions would themselves be cause for environmental concern. Possible technologies and approaches could include widespread deployment of wind turbines, ocean thermal energy conversion, vortex engines, and solar geoengineering. It is hoped that the understanding gained would help both to reduce environmental damage and to alleviate poverty.

Successful candidates will play major roles in planning and executing these investigations and communicating the results through peer-reviewed publications and direct engagement with public and private decision makers. Much of our work relies on the use of global climate models, but other geophysical, geochemical, and/or economic models may be applied if appropriate to the problem. Candidates who want to work on allied fundamental science (e.g., understanding the atmospheric kinetic energy cycle) will also be considered.

The position will involve working with Ken Caldeira at the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus. We maintain an exciting collegial atmosphere, working in a diverse group that includes climate modelers, energy-system analysts, and field researchers.

Positions are available now and we are flexible with regard to start date. Candidates should apply if they can start within the next 18 months. The number of people hired into these positions will depend on the number of exceptional candidates applying.

Compensation for these positions includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. The initial term will be for one year with the potential for renewal for a second year up to a maximum of four years. Carnegie Institution postdocs have access to most Stanford facilities.

Candidates with a PhD in physical sciences or engineering, or comparable experience, are particularly encouraged to apply. Achievement in the area of scientific publication, or comparable evidence of being able to complete high quality work in a timely manner, is a primary filter determining which applications receive greater consideration.

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Ken Caldeira at kcaldeira@carnegiescience.edu however formal applications for employment must be submitted by clicking on the blue bar below. To be considered, please include a cover letter and CV.

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

Grants Manager

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

JOB TITLE:                            Grants Manager

REPORTS TO:                       Director of Finance

POSITION SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Director of Finance and leading a team of two, the Grants Manager works in close collaboration with the HQ controller, HQ accounting team, and grants managers within the departmental business offices across the six departments. The Grants Manger will oversee management of the portfolio of federal and non-federal grants to the Carnegie Institution of Science by creating and implementing strong, standardized policies and procedures which ensure compliance and promote best practices. The Grants Manager will ensure the team provides high levels of customer service to Carnegie Staff as well as external funders.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Utilize extensive knowledge of U.S. Federal Regulations, especially Uniform Guidance, and private donor requirements to ensure grants are compliant with donor terms and conditions.
  • Ensure Carnegie implements best practices across pre-award and post award functions.
  • Write, implement, and/or maintain institution-wide policies and procedures, mainly grants related. Develop internal guidance, checklists, and templates as needed.
  • Ensure HQ and departmental grants management staff are trained and updated on new guidance, best practices and are implementing standard processes across the organization.
  • Support grants management training efforts for scientific staff on the Uniform Guidance, agency/donor specific regulations, processes and procedures, and budget development.
  • Assist in transition from decentralized structure into a consolidated function that supports standardization. Clarify roles and recommend and support change, where necessary, of roles and responsibilities between HQ and business office staff.
  • Develop stronger relationships between departmental grants management staff and scientific staff/PI’s.
  • Prepare the annual Indirect Cost Recovery (NICRA) submission for provisional and final rates and manage negotiations with Carnegie’s cognizant agency.
  • Assist the Director of Finance and the Controller with the required schedules and overall organization of Single Audit.
  • Work closely with the appropriate staff to enter, review, and report grants information within the grants module of the accounting system.
  • Work closely with the Associate Director of IT to identify and implement new automated grants management system and integrate it with Carnegie’s financial systems.

 

BASIC JOB QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor degree
  • Minimum of 5 years related non-profit grants experience, including proposal writing and post-award management
  • Extensive knowledge of the Uniform Guidance
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to manage and develop staff
  • Ability to effectively communicate at all levels and with multiple constituents
  • Independent thinker with strong customer service orientation and collaborative work style
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate policies and procedures.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • A passion for transformative change
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships and effective work-groups

 

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Strong proficiency with Excel
  • Ability to utilize accounting systems for reporting and data extraction
  • Advanced proficiency with PowerPoint for frequent training presentations

 

ADDITIONAL (Preferred) QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters Degree
  • Certification in Grants Management
  • Active CPA
  • Experience with big 4 auditing firms
  • Experience working within a non-profit and/or research institution
  • Experience using technology to improve productivity
  • Ability to adapt and implement new systems and applications
  • Ability to establish clear directions and set priorities

Postdoctoral Position in Presolar Grains at the Carnegie Institution for Science

Department: DTM – Terrestrial Magnetism

Salary:

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

The Department of Terrestrial Magnetism invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral research position to conduct studies on the origin of presolar stardust grains in meteorites. The primary focus will be on isotopic measurements by secondary ion mass spectrometry (Cameca NanoSIMS 50L) and resonance ionization mass spectrometry (Univ. of Chicago CHILI) and the interpretation of isotopic data in the context of astrophysical models. Additional work will involve Raman and infrared spectroscopy, and focused ion beam preparation of samples for transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron transmission X-ray microscopy. Required qualifications for the position include a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and experience in one or more of these techniques.  Applications should be submitted online and should include a curriculum vitae and list of publications, description of thesis research, and contact information for three professional references. Submission details are available when you click on “Apply Now.” Review of the applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Please address any questions you have to Dr. Larry Nittler.  The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

IT Specialist and Scientific Programmer

Department: DTM – Terrestrial Magnetism

Salary:

Location: Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Science

We are looking to hire a highly qualified and motivated computational scientist whose primary responsibility will be to provide information technology support for the DTM astronomy group, but who is also willing and capable to support the scientific endeavors of the group. The ideal candidate will work in collaboration with other departmental IT staff and should have experience in at least some subset of the following areas: Local Area Networking, Virtualized Infrastructure, Systems Administration (Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux), and Active Directory. In addition, programming skills are desired in the areas of shell scripting, Fortran, C, Python, and/or Perl. Familiarity with IRAF and IDL is also a plus. We hope to find an individual who is excited about the opportunity to also provide scientific support for DTM astronomy group efforts, such as exoplanet, outer solar system, and circumstellar disk observations, and planet formation modeling (see DTM Astronomy and Astrophysics). Preference will be given to candidates with undergraduate and/or graduate degree(s) in the physical sciences, though those with computational science degrees will also be considered.

A C.V., cover letter containing a statement of interest in the position, and the names of three people who can be contacted for letters of recommendation should be submitted through the “Apply Now” link by 1 July 2017. Address any questions you have to dtmposition@carnegiescience.edu. 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.

Animal Caretaker-Mouse Facility – Full Time

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: $15 – $17/hour

Location: Baltimore, MD

Job Summary:
The Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Embryology seeks an experienced, hardworking and reliable Animal Caretaker to join the department. This individual will perform daily maintenance and care for laboratory animals, including recognizing and reporting of apparent animal illnesses or abnormalities. They will utilize special techniques or husbandry practices beyond those required for routine colony management.

Principle Responsibilities include:
•Change dirty cages and provide food and water as required to maintain a clean and healthy environment for the animals
•Observe animals daily and prepare routing reports on dead and sick animals
•Observe and report problems involving animal care equipment and environmental support systems
•Receive, identify and house selected animal species
•Assist in specialized monitoring and surveillance programs
•Prepare special diets in accordance with the principal investigator’s protocols, and ensure that the special diets are provided to the correct animals
•Assist in the operation of standardizing, conditioning, and breeding programs
•Administer commonly used and easily administered treatments or medication as directed by the Facility Manager
•Perform basic manipulations such as restraining animals, tagging and tailing, etc.
•Perform duties of other Animal Facility team members and other duties as assigned
•Awareness of the critical aspects of laboratory safety
•Assist in the training and supervision of new team members if requested by the Facility Manager

Interactions with Others:
Work is performed under the immediate supervision of the Rodent Facility Manager. Work methods are stated explicitly and neither require nor permit deviation.

Qualifications:
•High School degree, equivalent or certification as animal technician
•Previous animal care experience required
•Detail oriented
•Reliable and hardworking
•Able to learn tasks with general instruction
•Able to understand and follow work and safety protocols
•Basic computer skills required

Physical Requirements:
•Routinely stoops and bends
•Routinely reaches and grasps with arms and hands above head
•Routinely stands for long periods
•Occasionally lifts, pushes and/or carries objects weighing up to 60 pounds
•May be exposed to some unpleasant conditions associated with handling animals and disagreeable animal odors

To apply:
A brief cover letter and resumé/CV listing two professional references are required to apply.

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

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.

Program Associate — Part-Time

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

The Program Associate holds a variety of responsibilities related to the research, analysis, coordination, and outreach of programmatic activities to support a high impact education department. The candidate who fills this role will work Monday through Saturday (as needed) to support student and teacher programs.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Communications
    • Work with staff to create and implement social media, website, and other online communication strategy
    • Provide a centralized point of contact to external partners
    • Coordinate internal and external requests for information and data
  • Program Support
    • Coordinate registration process for student and teacher programs
    • Assist lead instructor with student programs as needed
  • Operational Support
    • Prepare documents including correspondence, reports, drafts, and agendas
    • Schedule and coordinate meetings, appointments and travel arrangements for supervisors
    • Record, compile, transcribe and distribute meeting notes

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a science, education, communications, or related field
  • Minimum 1-3 years of experience working in an education, nonprofit, or laboratory setting
  • Strong proficiency with research, date collection, review, analysis, documentation and reporting applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and databases
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, time management skills, and ability to juggle multiple projects at once
  • Experience in social media, newsletter, and/or website content development preferred

Key Competencies

  • Quality: Achieving a standard of excellence with our work processes and outcomes
  • Communication: Balancing listening and talking, speaking and writing clearly and accurately
  • Collegiality: Being helpful, respectful, approachable and team oriented, building strong working relationships and a positive work environment
  • Initiative: Taking ownership of own work, doing what is needed without being asked and following through
  • Efficiency: Planning ahead, managing time well, being on time, being cost conscious, thinking of better ways to do things
  • Coachability: Being receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embracing continuous improvement

Gardener & Greenhouse Associate

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $15-$18/hour DOE

Location: Stanford, CA

The Carnegie Institution for Science’s Plant Biology and Global Ecology has an immediate opening for a part-time gardener and greenhouse associate. We are located on the Stanford campus.  This position reports to the Greenhouse Manager, is a non-exempt, hourly position and may include weekends and holidays as needed.

JOB SUMMARY:     Gardening 15 hrs/week         Greenhouse 10 hrs/week

The Carnegie Institution grounds contain 2+ acres of gardens, much of which are dedicated to California or Bay Area native species. We are looking to hire a part-time gardener to maintain and develop the grounds, including but not limited to routine weeding and watering. We prefer someone who would like to take on a personal interest in this garden, to care for existing species and develop new areas with limited budget and limited water. It is essential that the candidate have knowledge of California native and drought tolerant species, commonly grown horticultural plants, and noxious weeds, as well as experience pruning and fertilizing shrubs for optimal plant health.

Gardening Duties:

  • Watering, raking, trimming, sweeping and maintaining Carnegie grounds.
  • Use general outdoor gardening tools.
  • Maintains and uses all tools according to Carnegie’s safety policy.
  • Assists with site setup of plant materials.
  • Ensures indigenous plants are maintained and protected.
  • Planning plant removal or replacement within the Carnegie site.
  • Ensures that job site staging area is clean and well organized. Complies with Carnegie’s safety policy at all times.
  • Ecological removal and disposal of debris and fertilization.

General description of seasonal tasks:

  • Summer & early fall: watering (turn on irrigation and hand watering).
  • Late Fall: pruning salvias and other shrubs, fertilizing, watering (if necessary)
  • Winter: sowing seeds in flats and in ground for spring/summer flowers, purchase and transplant new plants
  • Early spring: Purchase and distribute mulch
  • Spring: Hand weeding in garden beds, weed whacking mature weed grasses, thistles, etc.

Greenhouse duties:

  • Greenhouse facility supports both plant biology and global ecology. Help to maintain greenhouses, growth rooms and growth chambers.
  • Responsible for watering all plants in the greenhouses.
  • Checking soil bins and adding soil as needed.
  • Operating the greenhouse autoclave to sterilize plant waste.
  • Dumping soil in the compost area.
  • Wash and stack flats, pots and propagation domes as needed.
  • General housekeeping including sweeping greenhouses and surrounding pavement, bundling stakes, restocking supplies and cleaning communal areas.
  • Dump garbage bins from the greenhouse walkway in the dumpster.
  • Clean greenhouses, growth rooms, and growth chambers.
  • Clean the greenhouse autoclave.
  • Prepare and place pest traps throughout the growth facility.
  • Use of pesticides: Must receive and maintain a QAC (Qualified Applicators Certificate) through CDPR (California Department of Pesticide Regulation) within two months of employment to apply pesticides (expense for certification to be paid by Carnegie).

Requirements:

  • Must be able to read, legibly write, speak and understand English.
  • Evidence of reliable work attendance and attention to detail.
  • Ability to be work cooperatively with co-workers and follow directions.
  • Ability to work autonomously on weekends, holidays, and as needed.
  • Self-starter, time management, and handle feedback.

Work Environment: The duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have full range of mobility in upper and lower body; be able to reach overhead; be able to work in various positions, including stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling and squatting for extended periods of time; be able to lift, pull and push materials and equipment to complete assigned job tasks; climb a ladder; and be able to frequently lift 50 pounds of weight throughout the assigned workday.

The Carnegie Institution of Washington is a non-profit organization that conducts basic scientific research. It has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we particularly encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities. This position offers competitive salary and benefits in a dynamic, stimulating environment.  To apply, email the following to CIWjobs@gmail.com:  Also please log on to https://hr.carnegiescience.edu/node/add/self-id-form/1440?destination=jobs%2F%5Bfield_jrn-nid%5D-6  and fill out the voluntary self-identification form.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: DOE

Location: Stanford, CA

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

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

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

The Carnegie Institution of Science is an equal opportunity employer.

Staff Associate

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: TBD

Location: Baltimore, MD

The Department of Embryology announces an open Staff Associate position.

History:

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

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

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

Job Summary:

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

Requirements:

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

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

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

To Apply:

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

Application Deadline:

Consideration of applications will begin after September 30, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

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

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

Special Events Coordinator – Part-time

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary: Hourly

Location:

The Carnegie Institution for Science Administration Building located on 16th Street between the neighborhoods of DuPont Circle and Logan Circle, is an iconic Washington, D.C. architectural landmark that lends itself to classic turn-of-the-century design with a touch of simple elegance. This building has acted as a venue for scientific events, social events and weddings, non-profit events, corporate and internal events of all kinds for the past three decades. Carnegie Institution is seeking a Part-time Special Events Coordinator to oversee the management of events within the building. Please see below for details on the vacancy.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Being present for day-of activities, coordinating back-up support, and ensuring the safety and security of the premises.
  • Coordinate with clients, event coordinators, caterers and other vendors involving conference and event logistics.
  • Supervising and assisting site personnel, janitorial, and set-up crews.
  • Overseeing facility operations during events to ensure building maintenance.
  • Assist as needed with event set-up/breakdown.
  • Serving as on-call back-up support for other events.
  • Oversee rehearsals for wedding clients, coordinating with wedding party and planner.
  • Provide event support as needed for internal events, such as registration, crowd control, setup and breakdown.

Qualifications

  • Previous event management and/or customer service experience desired.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, with availability on weekday nights and weekends.
  • Excellent time management skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to organize, prioritize, multi-task and make decisions in a flexible manner to address changing needs.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment while remaining responsible and accountable for results.
  • Ability to handle challenging interpersonal situations with tact and professionalism.

Education and Requirements

  • Bachelors degree
  • Interpersonal communication skills with an excellent working knowledge of the English language.

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.

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

Computational quantitative genetics postdoc position

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Palo Alto, CA

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

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

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

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

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: 42,000

Location: Baltimore, MD

DESCRIPTION

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

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

REQUIREMENTS

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.

 

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

Lab Assistant – Part Time

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Stanford, CA

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

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

-Media preparation

-General lab upkeep and maintenance

-Strain propagation and cryopreservation

-Strain genotyping and phenotyping

-Data analysis

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

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

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

Director, Department of Global Ecology

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary:

Location: Palo Alto, CA

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

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

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

Application Instructions

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

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

All applications will be kept in the strictest confidence.

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

Instrument Maker

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

This announcement is being circulated listing the qualifications for a vacant position on the staff at the Geophysical Laboratory located at 5251 Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Job Description

A prestigious 100 + year old non-profit scientific research institution located in Washington, DC is seeking a talented and experienced individual to fill the post of Instrument Maker. A minimum of 5 years’ experience as instrument maker/machinist is required.

This three-person machine shop supports state of the art science of 14 scientific staff members and their research groups to help design, create, and modify in-house design instrumentation/equipment. Our shop employs CNC Mills, CNC Lathes, a brand new Wire EDM system, Surface and Edge grinders, and multiple small and medium mills and lathes. A large fraction of the work involves machining of instruments and parts used in high-pressure / high-temperature research activities. In support of these experiments we machine hardened steel, tungsten carbide, and both soft and hard ceramics.

Position Requirements:

  • Highly experienced and versatile in the use of conventional and CNC equipment such as lathes, vertical mills, cylindrical / surface grinders and wire EDM machines.
  • Capable to set-up, program and operate such equipment for the fabrication, modification and or repair of highly technical scientific instrumentation and equipment.
  • Verify the dimensions of parts and components, using measuring instruments.
  • Ability to work with various types of metals, nonferrous materials, ceramics and plastics.
  • Test instrumentation to determine conformance to specifications.
  • Ability to interact with scientific staff to determine compliance with jobs submitted to the machine shop and to communicate any requirements or problems faced with the development, improvement, repair.
  • Ability to teach our junior machinist.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Extensive machining experience and knowledge /ability to operate various types of sophisticated production machinery; ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral. We seek a highly motivated individual that is capable of exhibiting good judgment and the ability to work independently on scheduled projects, seeing them through to completion. Prior experience in a research environment a plus.

Preferred Attributes:

Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively and maintain a good working relationship with a diverse group of individuals at all levels of the organization.

Required documents for the application are: a cover letter, a CV/resumé and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed starting January 26, 2017 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is hired.

The Instrument Maker will work at the Geophysical Laboratory location in Washington, D.C. The Carnegie Institution of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Part-Time Laboratory Technician

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: DOE

Location: Stanford, CA

Part-Time Laboratory Technician

 

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

 

Qualifications:

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

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

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

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

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

The Carnegie Institution of Science is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Postdoctoral Associate Position at HPCAT at the Advanced Photon Source

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab

Salary: TBD

Location: Argonne, IL

The Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science (Carnegie), seeks applications for one postdoctoral associate in the field of high pressure synchrotron research at the HPCAT facility at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. As a dedicated high-pressure synchrotron facility, HPCAT has developed an array of x-ray diffraction, x-ray spectroscopy, and x-ray imaging techniques suited for high-pressure research. Successful candidates will work with the HPCAT team in materials research using x-rays, together with the new development of high-pressure x-ray techniques such as multigrain crystallography, high-energy diffraction microscopy, and/or time resolved techniques.

The appointment is for one year, with possibility for a second year pending the progress and availability of funds. The position is available immediately, and will remain open until it is filled.

  • Minimum qualifications: A PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Successful candidates are expected to be able to work in both independent and collaborative group environments.
  • Desired qualifications: A strong background in crystallography will be strongly favored. Research experience in high-pressure materials science and good skills in scientific software and diamond anvil cell technology will be considered advantages.

Interested parties can submit an application with a cover letter, curriculum vita, research interests, and names of at least three references, via this Carnegie website. Only complete applications submitted via this Carnegie website will be considered.

The prospective researcher will be working at Carnegie’s HPCAT facility at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. 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.

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

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive Salary

Location: Stanford, CA

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

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

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

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

The position will involve working with Ken Caldeira at the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Director, Dept. of Embryology

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary:

Location: Baltimore, MD

The Carnegie Institution for Science seeks a Director for its Department of Embryology.  The Director will lead a faculty working on developmental biology in a variety of model organisms and will be expected to carry out an active research program of her or his own.  A full description of the Department is at emb.carnegiescience.edu.  Applicants should have a substantial and excellent record of original research in developmental biology.

The Institution was founded and endowed in 1902 by Andrew Carnegie who envisioned an independent institution for discovery.  Currently, there are six research departments: Embryology in Baltimore, Terrestrial Magnetism and the Geophysical Lab (both in Washington, DC), Astronomy (in Pasadena, California and Las Campanas, Chile), Plant Biology and Global Ecology (both in Stanford, California).  A significant portion of the budget is provided from endowment funds supplemented by federal and private grants.  The institution is governed by an independent board of trustees.

Please include a brief statement of research interests along with a web site address, CV and bibliography (last five years) in your application.