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Laboratory Technician

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.

 

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 Fellow

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

Postdoctoral Fellow in Eco-informatics / Quantitative Microbial Ecology

I am looking for a postdoc with strong quantitative skills to analyze diverse ecological (time series or large spatial-scale data) and metagenomic datasets (e.g., Tara Oceans, host-associated microbiomes, etc.). There are several potential projects and considerable academic freedom. The overarching goal is to uncover novel ecological patterns in community assembly, resilience, and predictability, and in microbial interactions or adaptations. The position will be based at the Department of Global Ecology of Carnegie Institution at Stanford, CA.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in ecology, data science, bioinformatics, or related disciplines by the start of the appointment. Experience in diverse statistical analyses of ecological or metagenomic datasets is required. While a background in microbial ecology is helpful, applicants with the knowledge of other ecological systems and excellent quantitative analysis skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to develop and advance projects in a timely manner are welcome. Additionally, we seek candidates who will work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in ecology.  

Fellows will join the Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science. They will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Elena Litchman, 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 position is available immediately. 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. Applications consist of a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references submitted through DGE’s application portal below. Please contact Elena Litchman (elitchman@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. 

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 institution 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.

Technical Assistant

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

Carnegie Science is looking to hire a Technical Assistant to help conduct ecological, physiological, and evolutionary research on marine and freshwater phytoplankton, and other microbes. The initial duties would also include helping set up a new aquatic ecology lab. Experience with phytoplankton culturing, chemical and biological analyses, and data management are desired. 

Additionally, we seek candidates who will work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in ecology.  

The successful applicant will join the Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science. 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 early 2022 but review of applicants will be ongoing until the position is filled. Apply by December 15, 2021 for full consideration.  Initial appointments are for one year, with possible renewal. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. Applications consist of a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references submitted through our application portal. Please contact Elena Litchman (elitchman@carnegiescience.edu) with any questions about the position. 

Carnegie Science 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 FELLOW

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

I am looking for a postdoctoral fellow in the field of trait-based ecology of phytoplankton or other microbes to develop a project on eco-evolutionary responses of phytoplankton to changing environment, from physiological to ecosystem level, or using phytoplankton and other microbes to address general ecological questions of community assembly, resilience, and predictability.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in ecology, oceanography, limnology, or related disciplines by the start of the appointment. Experience in statistical analyses or mathematical modeling is desirable. While a background in phytoplankton or microbial ecology is helpful, applicants with the knowledge of other ecological systems and excellent quantitative analysis skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to develop and advance projects in a timely manner will be considered. Additionally, we seek candidates who will work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in ecology.  

Fellows will join the Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science. They will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Elena Litchman, 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, but preferably before June 2022. Review of applicants will be ongoing until the position is filled. Apply by December 15, 2021 for full consideration. Initial appointments are for one year, with possible renewal. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. Applications consist of a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references submitted through DGE’s application portal. Please contact Elena Litchman (elitchman@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. 

Research Associate

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

A research associate position is available to work at Carnegie Mass Spectrometry facility, directed by Dr. Shouling Xu,  at the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science (located in Stanford, CA). The candidate will collaborate with multiple labs from Carnegie Institution, Stanford University, and some labs across the country on various MS-related projects. The candidate will also have his/her own projects on methods development. The facility is currently equipped with Orbitrap Q-Exactive HF and has recently been funded by NIH S10 shared instrument grant to get Orbitrap Eclipse with ETD in the fall. The facility is equipped with three HPLC/FPLC instruments for offline fractionations. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced experience in proteomics, HPLC, and MS data analysis

Application Materials Required:

  • C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for 3 references

Informal inquiries about the position can be made by emailing slxu@stanford.edu  or sxu@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 various viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for 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.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available to analyze protein-RNA/DNA interface and alternative splicing sponsored by Dr. Shouling Xu at the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science, located in Stanford, CA. The candidate will use diverse proteomics techniques, RNA-seq, and molecular biology to dissect the mechanism of alternative splicing and transcription in Arabidopsis and to answer fundamental questions in basic science. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with proteomics.
  • Experience with RNA-seq
  • Ph.D in Molecular Biology or related science field required

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover Letter
  • C.V.
  • Contact information for 3 references

Please note: This position is available starting September 2022.

Informal inquiries about the position can be made by emailing slxu@stanford.edu or sxu@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 various viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for 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.

 

Research Assistant

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

A research assistant position is available to work at Carnegie Mass Spectrometry facility, directed by Dr. Shouling Xu,  at the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science (located in Stanford, CA). The candidate will collaborate with multiple labs from Carnegie Institution, Stanford University, and some labs across the country on various MS-related projects. The candidate will also have his/her own project on methods development. The facility is currently equipped with Orbitrap Q-Exactive HF and has recently been funded by an NIH S10 instrument grant to get Orbitrap Eclipse with ETD in the fall. The facility is equipped with three HPLC/FPLC instruments for offline fractionations.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Biology
  • Experience working in a laboratory environment including bench work
  • Computer skills, including proficiency with Python and R

Application Materials Required:

  • C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for 3 references

Informal inquiries about the position can be made by emailing slxu@stanford.edu or sxu@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 various viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for 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.

 

Research Assistant Molecular Ecology of Plants using field experiments, CRISPR and NGS approaches

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $62,400

Location: Stanford, CA

Moi Exposito-Alonso Lab – www.moilab.science
Carnegie Institution for Science & Stanford University, 260 Panama Street, California 94305, USA
Annual salary $62,400
1 year contract, with potential extensions
Publication date: Oct 2022
Starting date: as early as possible
Closing date: accepting applications until filled

Description:

We aim to recruit a highly motivated and skillful researcher with training in molecular biology, plant genetics, or bioengineering.

We seek to understand the impacts of climate change on plant species, for which we use a combination of genetics, evolutionary biology, and ecology approaches. The position will involve supporting core lab experiments including field experiments, genome sequencing, and CRISPR gene editing in Arabidopsis thaliana. 

Requirements and position details:

  • Required qualifications for these positions are a BSc or MSc in any of the following areas: molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, bioengineering
  • A track record of research productivity and independence.
  • Willingness to work closely with collaborators and lab members. Willingness to work in outdoors conditions in our campus field facility.
  • The Research Assistant position is a technician position involving learning and supporting ongoing sequencing and transformation efforts and assisting with lab chores.
  • This is a full-time position with a competitive annual salary and benefits. The lab is located at the Carnegie Institution on the Stanford University campus. Carnegie researchers 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 depending upon performance. 

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! 

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington) is a private U.S.-based non-profit endowment, 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) has 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 Carnegie Department of Global Ecology (https://dge.carnegiescience.edu), 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 admin@moilab.science. To be formally considered, please include: (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) three referees whom I can ask for letters of recommendation. Official application link: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/postdoc-or-research-assistant-position-molecular-ecology-of-plants-using-crispr-and-ngs-approaches/ 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington D.C.

Position Summary

Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to study the high-pressure-temperature behavior of planetary core materials. As part of our commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, we encourage applicants from underrepresented groups and backgrounds and applicants with non-traditional career paths.

The project will focus on the high-pressure-temperature structure and phase stability of the iron-carbon system, with applications to understanding the behavior of materials under extreme conditions and their implications for the interiors of Earth and exoplanets. The project will involve using high-powered lasers to dynamically compress materials to the extreme pressure and temperature conditions of planetary cores, collecting diffraction and laser interferometry data. The candidate will be responsible for designing and conducting experiments at National User Facilities and analyzing experimental data.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Geosciences, Physics, Materials Science, or a related field.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong hands-on experimental skills and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a group environment.
  • Expertise with high-pressure experiments, whether dynamic or static.

Additional Information:

  • The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of an additional year pending progress and availability of funds. The position is expected to be available starting Fall 2022 and will remain open until filled.

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including publications)
  • Statement of research interests, and the contact information of three references.

Inquiries can be sent to Sally Tracy (sjtracy@carnegiescience.edu). 

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 for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or another protected group status.

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/

 

 

Postdoctoral Fellow–Numerical Modeling of Thermo-chemical Convection in Earth’s Core and Implications for Geodynamo Evolution

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary:

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate numerical modeling of thermo-chemical convection in Earth’s core and implications for geodynamo evolution. 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.

The position is part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program to incorporate thermo-chemical convection to an existing numerical dynamo model (Rayleigh). The larger motivation is to investigate how two coupled buoyancy fields interact in rotating convection, and how they may have contributed to the evolution of Earth’s magnetic field.

Modeling thermo-chemical rotating convection is a complex dynamic process that involves two buoyancy fields with different diffusivities.  The fields can be coupled by their boundary conditions, which is expected to produce new dynamical feedbacks between the fields that will influence the flow and magnetic field generation. The candidate will assist in the development of the 3D dynamo code (Rayleigh) in direct collaboration with Drs. Peter Driscoll (EPL) and Cian Wilson (EPL). Collaboration with other members of the Rayleigh development team working on related topics is also anticipated.  The candidate will be given access to Carnegie’s high performance computational facilities.

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 Fortran and/or python.

Desired qualifications: Familiarity with numerical modeling of rotating convection is desirable, and experience with spectral or pseudo-spectral numerical modeling software is a bonus.

The application deadline is December 1, 2022.  The appointment is for one year, with renewal for a second year pending progress. The position 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.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

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

Postdoctoral Fellow – Carbon Clathrate Superconductors

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary:

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Carnegie Institution for Science seeks applications for a postdoctoral position focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel carbon-based clathrate materials. The position will focus on using high-pressure and high-temperature conditions to synthesize and characterize unique diamond-like crystalline carbon clathrate compounds with potential for high-temperature superconductivity. The successful candidate will work closely in a team comprised of experimental and computational physicists, chemists, and materials scientists. Please refer questions to tstrobel@carnegiescience.edu.

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

Desired qualifications:  Expertise in solid-state physics/chemistry and characterization of electrical transport and magnetic properties, including superconductivity. Experience with Physical Properties Measurement Systems (PPMS). Understanding of high-pressure techniques including laser-heated diamond anvil cells and/or large-volume press techniques is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to be able to work in both independent and collaborative group environments.

The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility for an additional year pending progress and availability of funds. The position is expected to be available starting July 2022, and will remain open until filled. Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.  This position will be based on the campus of the Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

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 for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow- High Pressure Experiments

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: Based on Experience

Location: Washington, D.C.

Position Overview & Research Goals:

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate volatile solubility in silicate melts at high pressure and temperature. 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.

The position is part of a Sloan-funded program to investigate the early atmospheres of exoplanets. AEThER: Atmospheric, Empirical, Theoretical, and Experimental Research is a multi-disciplinary project focused on creating a framework for understanding the earliest abiotic atmospheres of rocky planets by combining solid planet expertise with atmospheric expertise.

The candidate will conduct high-temperature and pressure experiments in the laser-heated diamond anvil cell to investigate the solubility of volatiles in planetary magma oceans, in direct collaboration with Drs. Anat Shahar (Carnegie), Alexander Goncharov (Carnegie), and James Badro (IPGP). Collaboration with other members of the AEThER team working on related topics is also anticipated.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completed doctoral degree in geophysics, mineral physics, planetary science, or a related field at the time of appointment.
  • Extensive diamond anvil cell experience, and experience with analytical techniques such as FIB, SEM, and EPMA.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with laser-heated diamond anvil cells is a bonus.

Please note: Only complete applications submitted via the Carnegie website will be considered.

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 another protected group status.

Federal Relations Advisor

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary:

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.- based non-profit, private institution headquartered in Washington, D.C. 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 is an endowed, independent, nonprofit institution.

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Federal Relations Advisor in our Washington, D.C. office working under the guidance of the Science Deputy. The Federal Relations Advisor is responsible for building relationships with key federal agencies to support Carnegie’s research agenda through regular meetings with constituents both within Carnegie and at the federal agencies. As such, this individual must demonstrate strong relationship building and communication capabilities with the ability to articulate technical, sometimes complex scientific objectives. Carnegie Science seeks an inclusive manager who values and respects a diverse and inclusive working environment, and who values a collaborative working environment. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Essential Functions: The qualified candidate must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Build relationships with key federal agencies that support Carnegie’s research portfolio by meeting regularly with constituents at Carnegie and federal agencies.  Keep leadership informed on funding opportunities and communicate with Carnegie principal investigators regularly on opportunities and requirements.
  • Coordinate the management of ongoing relationships with existing federal agencies and partners where relevant, leverage those relationships for greater collective impact.
  • Collaborate with the President, Science Deputies, COO and Division Directors to support Carnegie’s programmatic goals and communicate federal funding objectives to the community.
  • Monitor industry trends, national initiatives, and funding sources to identify areas of overlap with Carnegie’s scientific objectives
  • Identify and disseminate federal research opportunities to research staff to encourage proposal submissions.
  • Maintain a research opportunities website in partnership with the Carnegie Communications group to provide essential resources for scientific staff.
  • Coordinate reporting of federal award dollars in collaboration with the Office of Sponsored Programs. Maintains data as per federal and agency requirements, funding dashboards and pipeline activity to support data analysis and reporting.
  • Provide guidance for proposal development in collaboration with Divisional Grants Administrators and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, public relations, business or a related field
  • Experience with research supported programs, higher education research administration, sponsored projects/grants administration
  • Experience working in a research institution or academic setting and building collaborative relationships with scientific staff

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in science, public relations, business or a related field
  • 5-7 years of experience related to research grants from federal agencies (NSF, DOE, NIH, NASA, DOD, etc.)
  • Experience with grants management technology and creation of sponsored programs dashboard metrics

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of governmental organization and administration, inter-governmental relations, grant administration, and the legislative process
  • High degree of professionalism and the ability to deal with all levels of government and industry in an expeditious and diplomatic manner
  • Able to work under pressure and meet time-sensitive deadlines
  • Able to establish and maintain robust, cooperative, and effective working relationships with others

To Apply:

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 Fellow- Computational Theorist

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary:

Location: Washington, D.C.

Position Summary

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available immediately at the Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science for a computational theorist to study transport properties of planetary core materials, primarily solid and liquid iron alloys

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in physics, geophysics, or a related field.
  • Experience with density functional theory is required.
  • Knowledge of Fortran, and C++, sufficient for modifying and debugging existing codes and Linux scripting.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with transport properties, KKR, and Green’s function techniques.
  • Applicants should be able to communicate and write clearly with experience publishing papers.

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including publications)
  • The contact information of three references.

Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Ronald Cohen at rcohen@carnegiescience.edu

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 for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or another protected group status.

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.

Electrochemist Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

Position Summary:

A Postdoctoral Fellow position for two years is available immediately at the Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science for an electrochemist. This position is to work with natural samples to study the galvanic corrosion of natural minerals and their influence on the reduction of carbon dioxide to organic material. This successful applicant will work closely with a team studying the breakdown of minerals for application to the origin of life and organic material in Martian meteorites and on Mars. As such knowledge/experience in the use of microfluidic devices for electrochemical experiments would be preferable.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in electrochemistry, with experience in the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide.
  • Electrode design and fabrication.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with microfluidic devices and their use in electrochemistry.
  • Experience with surface analysis techniques.
  • Experience with analyses of organic material.
  • Experience with vapor deposition techniques.
  • Applicant should be able to work independently but as a part of a larger team and be motivated to write and publish papers.

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including publications)
  • The contact information of three references

Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Andrew Steele at asteele@carnegiescience.edu

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 for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or another protected group status.

 

Spectroscopist Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

Position Summary

A Postdoctoral Fellow position for one year is available immediately at the Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science for a spectroscopist. This position is to work with Carnegie and the Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC) team on the Mars 2020 (Perseverance) mission. Along with analyzing and deconvolving datasets acquired by SHERLOC on Mars and laboratory analyses to support observations the successful candidate will also be asked to undertake mission-critical roles to support SHERLOC operations on the surface of Mars.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a field utilizing spectroscopy to identify mineral and organic species.
  • Experience with software and techniques for spectral deconvolution and preferably programming of software to undertake analyses of mapping data.
  • Experience with Raman and /or laser-induced native fluorescence spectroscopy.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working within space mission teams is desirable but not a necessity.
  • Experience in deep UV light source-based spectroscopy is preferable.
  • Experience utilizing Raman spectroscopy on natural samples.
  • Applicant should be able to work independently but as a part of a mission team and be motivated to write and publish papers.

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including publications)
  • The contact information of three references

Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Andrew Steele at asteele@carnegiescience.edu

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 for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or another protected group status.

 

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/

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/

 

 

Research Technician

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: TBD

Location: Baltimore, MD

Job Summary:

The Kostova laboratory at Carnegie’s Department of Embryology in Baltimore is searching for a full-time research technician. This is a great opportunity to work with a postdoctoral fellow using cutting-edge technologies to answer fundamental questions of cell biology. Ideal candidates should have a B.S. in Biology or a related field, experience in modern molecular biology techniques, a strong work ethic, and be able to join the position for at least 2 years.

We are investigating the fundamental question of how different types of ribosomes regulate translation and embryogenesis. Despite ribosomes’ importance, they are traditionally seen with minimal regulatory activity. Exciting new studies challenge this concept and provide evidence that organisms assemble ribosomes with different makeups during development in response to stress, including the development of multiple cancers. Although ribosome heterogeneity is hypothesized to alter translation, little experimental data exist to demonstrate this. The zebrafish embryo provides a power system to tackle this question. We use cutting-edge technology, such as genome editing and high throughput sequencing technology, to tag different ribosome populations and determine their ability to synthesize proteins.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with strong organizational skills to join our team and help explore these novel areas of biology.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform genome editing and characterize zebrafish strains (genotyping, qPCR, Western blotting)
  • Isolation of ribosomes and RNA analysis (sucrose gradient fractionation, immunoprecipitation, RNA purification, and electrophoresis)
  • Maintenance and upkeep of zebrafish-related infrastructure

Requirements:

  • B.S. in Biology (or equivalent)
  • Lab experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team

Preferred Skills:

  • Modern molecular biology techniques, e.g., DNA/RNA purification, cDNA synthesis, qPCR, plasmid cloning, SDS­PAGE, and Western blotting
  • Some experience working with zebrafish or other vertebrates in a research laboratory.
  • Great organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

If interested please submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic transcript
  • Recommendation letters (at least 2)

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 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 for 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.

 

Postdoc Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Dehydration Control in Plants Part of BII Water and Life Interface Institution

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $68,191

Location: Stanford, CA

Moi Exposito-Alonso Lab – www.moilab.science
Part of the NSF BII Water and Life Interface Institution (WALII.science)

Carnegie Institution for Science & Stanford University, 260 Panama st., California 94305, USA

Annual salary $68,191

1 year contract, with potential extensions up to 4-5 years

Publication date: Nov 2022

Starting date: as early as possible

Closing date: accepting applications until filled

Description:

 We aim to recruit a highly motivated and skillful researcher with training in molecular biology, plant genetics, or bioengineering. We seek to understand the impacts of climate change on plant species from a molecular evolution angle. The project will leverage ecological genomics modeling to identify genes involved in dehydration tolerance and water use efficiency in Arabidopsis, and use CRISPR-based genetic engineering, developmental genetics, and microscopy techniques to understand the molecular mechanism of such adaptive genes. 

Responsibilities:

  • The position requires leading research independently, preparing publications, and presenting research in scientific meetings. 
  • Willingness to work closely with collaborators and lab members. 
  • Contributing to lab-wide chores towards a productive and positive lab. 

Required skills:

  • Required qualifications for these positions are a BSc or a PhD in any of the following areas: molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, bioengineering.
  • A track record of research productivity and independence.

 

About the Water and Life Interface Institution (WALII, pronounced “Wally”): 

WALII studies how life interacts with water, from the molecular to the organismal level, across plants, fungi, and animals. WALII is a virtual institute, with scientists located at nine research facilities across the United States. Working together, WALII team members aim to uncover the rules by which organisms interact with water, exploring four integrated themes: 1) the physical and molecular determinants that allow organisms to survive in the solid state; 2) rehydration responses in desiccation-tolerant and -sensitive systems; 3) the molecular grammar of desiccation tolerance conferred by intrinsically disordered proteins; and 4) the short- and long-term evolutionary history of desiccation tolerance. WALII team members have diverse expertise, ranging from biophysics to plant biology, and experience with several desiccation-tolerant and -sensitive systems.

The institute’s long-term goals are to understand how organisms can tolerate desiccation; invent technologies and concepts to study anhydrobiosis; engineer macromolecules, cells, and organisms that can survive desiccation; and produce the next generation of leaders in all sectors of our society. To achieve these aims, WALII provides mentoring, outreach opportunities, and professional development for all affiliated scientists. That includes funding support for travel to scientific conferences, and internal professional development/training programs. 

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! 

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington) is a private U.S.-based non-profit endowment, 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) has 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 Carnegie Department of Global Ecology (https://dge.carnegiescience.edu), 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 admin@moilab.science. To be formally considered, please include: (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) three referees whom I can ask for letters of recommendation. Official application link is below at “Apply Now” and https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/apply/74790/

Laboratory Technician to Study Cnidarian Symbiosis and Functional Genetics

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: TBD

Location: Baltimore, MD

Position Overview:

The Cleves lab 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 an enthusiastic and organized research technician for our laboratory.

Our new lab uses genetic, biochemical, and cell biology methods to understand the molecular and cellular bases of coral-algal symbiosis and its breakdown due to stress. We study corals in the field and utilize several tractable model organisms in the lab (e.g., the small anemone, Aiptasia). Our research is motivated both by the fascinating and poorly understood biology of corals and by the desire to help protect the world’s endangered coral reefs. This position provides an opportunity for a motivated, reliable, organized, and disciplined person to support and participate in this multidisciplinary research that has significant implications for both medicine and conservation biology. Specifically, the work will be to establish reverse-genetics protocols and apply NanoSIMS on coral and related cnidarians to understand the relationship between nutrient exchange and symbiosis.

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits. Please note that this is a two-year position. 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Establish protocols to track metabolite exchange with NanoSIMS in Aiptasia anemones, hard corals, and soft corals that we have cultured in the lab.
  • Assisting with the husbandry and spawning of the lab’s sea anemone, coral, and algal cultures (e.g., feeding animals, cleaning and disinfecting aquarium tanks)
  • Applying standard molecular biology methods (g., PCR, Gibson and other cloning methods, gel electrophoresis)
  • Meeting routinely with Dr. Cleves to discuss research progress, priorities, and strategies
  • Attending weekly laboratory meetings and preparing regular oral presentations
  • Maintaining precise records of work, in both hand-written and electronic formats
  • Maintaining professional conduct that supports a collaborative, collegial, and inclusive research environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in molecular and cell biology; Using reverse genetic technologies.
  • Experience with metabolomics, nutrient, and metabolism pathways
  • Experience with cnidarians and model organisms
  • Experience with NanoSIMS

While these qualifications are desired, curious candidates from any area of life sciences who are enthusiastic about learning are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Education and Skills:

  • Applicants must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in life sciences or related disciplines with at least one year of experience working in a research laboratory.
  • General understanding of scientific principles
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work

To be considered for this position, please submit an application with the following application materials.

  • Brief cover letter including long-term career goals
  • CV emphasizing prior research experience
  • Contact information for three references
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine)

Priority will be given to candidates who apply by December 1st, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The projected start date for this position is the Spring of 2023.

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 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 various viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds 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 another protected group status. 

 

Research Assistant – Data intensive ecology research

Department: BSE – Biosphere Sciences & Engineering

Salary: $25-$30/hr.

Location: Pasadena, CA

We seek a full-time Research Assistant to provide high-level scientific research support for short- and long-term projects related to environmental science, frequently but not always with a focus on freshwater science. The research assistant will be located at Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, CA, and will work under the supervision Dr. Stephanie Hampton. Ideally the position will begin by 3 January 2023 but start date is negotiable.

The primary job responsibility for this Research Assistant is handling all portions of the data lifecycle, depending on project needs (i.e., data cleaning and organization, integrating heterogeneous datasets, metadata creation, preparing datasets for public release, etc.). Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to: completing statistical analyses and visualizations using the software R, co-authoring or supporting peer-reviewed manuscripts, assisting with project management and logistics of large collaborative projects, and serving as a point person for data management best practices training.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in ecology, environmental science, biology, or a related discipline. Additional qualifications: experience applying statistics to environmental data, experience programming for data management or analysis (e.g. in R or Python), a high level of attention to detail, ability to quickly learn and apply new skills, capacity to work efficiently with limited oversight, and good interpersonal skills. Candidate should be familiar with, or willing to learn, a variety of tools for open science, such as Ecological Metadata Language, Git/GitHub, RMarkdown or Quarto, and QGIS.

Preferred Qualifications:

Additional desirable qualifications include a Master’s degree in a related field, experience using R, particularly with data management and visualization packages, familiarity with aquatic data collection in field and laboratory settings, and familiarity with remote sensing products related to environmental science.

To Apply:

Applicants must submit a cover letter and current CV or resume. Feel free to contact us (shampton@carnegiescience.edu) with questions or if you are unsure of your fit for the position, using the subject header “Application for Research Assistant”. Review will begin on 1 December 2022.

Electronics and Control Engineer

Department: OBS – Observatories (must click to see jobs)

Salary:

Location: Pasadena, CA

The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science is a world-class astronomical research organization located in Pasadena, California and operating telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Our scientists study extrasolar planets, nearby stars, the Milky Way and its neighbors, distant galaxies, and the cosmological structure and formation of the universe. To support these efforts, we operate an instrument development laboratory to produce research tools including optical and infrared imagers and spectrographs, detector systems, and telescopes at all scales. Current projects include instrumentation for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V, our 1-meter, 2.5-meter and 6.5-meter telescopes, and the 25-meter Giant Magellan Telescope.

 

We seek an engineer with experience relevant to the design, construction, and maintenance of electronics and control systems for scientific instruments that support state-of-the-art astronomical research. The individual will engage in engineering design, analysis, assembly, and testing of support electronics for astronomical telescopes, instrumentation, and focal plane assemblies, component research, engineering analysis and cost estimation for new instrumentation, and writing technical documentation for the use and maintenance of instruments and telescope operating systems. The successful applicant will be part of a small engineering team. The ability to contribute at all levels of projects from design through assembly and testing will be an important part of the applicant’s responsibilities. An exciting and satisfying aspect of this work is the opportunity to learn and contribute broadly to the development of complex systems that support a grand scientific mission.

The position is based in Pasadena, California, but will occasionally require both domestic and international travel.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering or a related field.
  • Experience with precision electro-mechanical actuators (motors and other motion devices) and data gathering.
  • Experience in analog and digital electronics design, component layout and assembly.
  • Experience in electronics chassis layout and wiring. 
  • Effective written and verbal communications in English.
  • Comfort working both as part of a multidisciplinary team and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to use common hand tools. 
  • Ability to work at 8000 feet altitude.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.

Desirable qualifications

  • Familiarity with Altium.
  • Familiarity with Solidworks.
  • Familiarity with implementation of computer interfaces to instrument control electronics.
  • Experience working with astronomical instrumentation and/or telescopes.
  • Experience with programmable logic controllers, EtherCAT, and/or other distributed I/O and control electronics.
  • Experience with focal plane assemblies and detectors.
  • Experience with surface-mount board assembly.
  • Spoken communication in Spanish.

Application Process

Only online applications submitted through our website will be considered. Application acceptance will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls please. Only select candidates who meet our requirements will be contacted.

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 for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Major Gifts Officer

Department: HQ – Headquarters

Salary: $120K-$150K

Location: Pasadena, CA

The Major Gifts Officer will partner with Development leadership and peers to help build a fundraising program to grow the culture of philanthropy across the Institution in support of Carnegie’s scientific community. This new position will be based and will be regionally focused on the West Coast. The Major Gifts Officer will strive to develop the pipeline of major and principal gifts by engaging with Carnegie’s donors, prospects, and other stakeholders to strengthen existing relationships, as well as, expand the institution’s portfolio of donors. Discovery work is a significant component of the position, offering an opportunity to establish and deepen relationships that benefit the institution.

Essential Functions: The qualified candidate must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Contribute to the development of the major gifts pipeline by leveraging relationships with donors, supporters, scientists, staff, and others.
  • Execute thoughtful moves management and interactions that deepen relationships, increase giving, and move donors up the giving ladder.
  • Move prospects through the donor continuum by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors to successfully close gifts.
  • Participate in efforts to deepen individual donor engagement in Carnegie Science, including opportunities for donors to participate in prospect identification.
  • Identify, pursue, and develop relationships that lay the groundwork for 5-, 6-, and 7-figure solicitations.
  • Increase donors at the leadership annual fund level of 5-6 figures through membership in “philanthropy circles”.
  • Build relationships with donors and prospects via personal visits, Zoom meetings, phone calls, ongoing written contact, and events.
  • Collaborate with other development partners to understand the philanthropic interests and priorities of constituents and help them realize their philanthropic potential as supporters of Carnegie Science.
  • Participate in activities that help meet the goals and objectives of the development team, including attendance at institution-wide meetings, departmental community lectures, scientific presentations given by department scientists, as well as at other engagements.
  • Build awareness of Carnegie Science to foster donors in the philanthropic community
  • Work with leadership and colleagues to craft appropriate and consistent messaging regarding Carnegie Science’s fundraising.
  • Write proposals and other cultivation and stewardship materials.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in non-profit development

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience, or strong and genuine interest, in science is preferred.
  • Understanding of, commitment to, and ability to articulate the Carnegie mission to engage donors.
  • Knowledge of how to build a major donor pipeline and implement best practices of donor stewardship.
  • Ability to guide, manage, and support volunteers and other stakeholders in the fundraising process.
  • Ability to design and implement effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for individual giving.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with high-net-worth individuals; must know how to build strong relationships through donor engagement.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and donor tracking software (preferably SalesForce).
  • Ability to apply good judgment and handle confidential materials and situations with sensitivity and discretion.
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, flexible, collegial, goal-oriented and scientific environment.

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.

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION, AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $65,568

Location: Stanford, CA

Our group studies how photosynthetic microorganisms perceive, respond to, and evolve in response to a continual onslaught of environmental stressors such as high light, lack of nutrients and phage attack. To probe these questions in molecular ecology, we work with model cyanobacteria and novel isolates from naturally occurring communities in hot springs from Yellowstone National Park. We use a variety of experimental methods ranging from molecular genetics and biochemistry to metagenomics/ transcriptomics. In collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, we have recently generated a spatio-temporal multi-omics dataset from hot spring environments. To best explore these datasets and expand our perspectives, we collaborate with experts in theory, population dynamics, bioinformatics, statistics and computer science. 

We are looking for post-docs or students who are strongly motivated by questions that are at the interface of molecular ecology and theory. If you have worked with environmental microbes, have training in phage biology or are strongly motivated by an interest in theory or developing computational tools, this may be a great opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary group and develop a strong research focus. The ability to think critically, communicate your results to a broad audience and work with a team are particularly important. 

Here are two currently funded projects:

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1921429

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2125965

Relevant websites:

https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/labs/bhaya-lab

https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/

https://carnegiescience.edu/


Application / Contact
Informal inquiries about the position can be made by emailing me (Devaki Bhaya)  at dbhaya@carnegiescience.edu.  To be formally considered, please include:  a cover letter, CV, and three references. Please submit your application by clicking the blue “Apply Now” box below. 

The Department of Plant Biology (https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/) is co-located with the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology on a seven-acre site on the campus of Stanford University, California.  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.

 

Postdoctoral Fellow: Climate mitigation and adaptation solutions

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: $77,000 and comprehensive benefits

Location: Stanford, CA

Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at Stanford is seeking creative, collaborative postdoctoral scholars to advance our work on climate mitigation and adaptation solutions to food, energy, and water systems. Research will be highly data-driven, through quantitative research and spatial model development. 

Fellows will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Lorenzo Rosa, with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at DGE, Stanford University, and beyond. Scientists at DGE conduct basic and applied research into the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems and people. Fellows will collaboratively design and conduct cutting-edge research, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, and present results at scientific conferences.  

Our research focuses on assessing the potential benefits and unintended climate and environmental consequences of innovations engineered to satisfy the increasing global demand for food, energy, and water. In our work, we aim to address the most urgent questions surrounding the sustainability of the Earth System. There will be flexibility regarding scientific questions to be studied, but potential areas of focus include:

  • Analyzing solutions to water scarcity under global warming, including water storage and desalination;
  • Quantifying climate change impacts on agriculture and water resources;
  • Assessing solutions to achieve net-zero emissions in agriculture;
  • Determining the techno-environmental potential of climate mitigation technologies;

Postdoctoral Fellows typically lead projects and help 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. DGE seeks to provide a culture of mentoring and professional development for all postdoctoral scientists; additional professional development/training programs are offered internally. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Work closely and collaboratively with other scientists to design, implement, analyze and summarize innovative research;
  • 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 energy, agriculture, hydrology, earth and environmental science, or related field;
  • Analyses of large spatio-temporal agricultural datasets;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills;
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and in teams;
  • Commitment to a collegial and inclusive workplace. 

Multiple positions are available with flexible start dates to begin within 12 months. Although initial appointments are for one year, the position is renewable and postdocs in the Department usually stay for two to three years. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. Applications will only be considered when submitted through our application portal. Applicants are required to submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references.  Please contact Lorenzo Rosa (e-mail: lrosa@carnegiescience.edu) with any questions about the position. 

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.

Please submit your application by clicking on the Apply Now box below or visit this link here:

https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/apply/71446/

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.

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.

 

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Climate impacts and adaptation

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: $77,000

Location: Stanford, CA

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.

Policy decisions rest on evaluation of the social cost of carbon dioxide emissions, which is the net present value of expected climate damage from a marginal ton of additional carbon dioxide emissions. However, this quantity depends on value judgements, accounting conventions, and both knowable and unknowable empirical facts. A goal of this research is to understand from a global perspective how these various factors contribute to estimation of the social cost of carbon. What damage is expected as a result of our carbon dioxide emissions and what is the empirical basis for that expectation? To what extent can adaptation ameliorate this damage? (And what adaptive measures are or are not assumed in the damage estimate?)

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. 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 to inform climate and energy decision-making;
  • 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 mathematical skills and basic computer programming;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and in teams;
  • Commitment to a collegial and inclusive workplace. 

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.

Research Technician

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic Research Technician to work in the lab of Dr. Zhiyong Wang at Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California. The Wang lab is broadly interested in the cellular signaling mechanisms that regulate growth, development, adaptation, and immunity in plants. Our research focuses on the protein-protein interaction and posttranslational modification networks that mediate cellular responses to nutrients, hormones, and environmental signals in the model plants Arabidopsis and Chlamydomonas. We use a wide range of approaches including proteomics, genetics, genomics, genome editing, protein engineering, and chemical biology. Our goal is to improve plant productivity and resilience through the genetic or chemical manipulation of cellular signaling networks. For more information about the Wang lab, please visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/labs/wang-lab.

Essential Duties:

  • Assist lab scientists by performing investigative procedures. These may include molecular cloning, plant transformation, protein expression and purification, gel electrophoresis, immunoblot, chromatography. Training will be provided based on experience and interest.
  • Record experimental procedures, collect and organize and verify the accuracy of data and information; analyze data and prepare charts, graphs and figures for presentation and publication.
  • Support general lab operation by placing and receiving orders of supplies, preparing buffers and media, and maintaining organization of research materials and lab spaces.

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.
  • Experience working on Arabidopsis or algae is preferred but not required.

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 the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington) is a private U.S.-based non-profit endowment, 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) has 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 Carnegie Department of Global Ecology (https://dge.carnegiescience.edu), 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.

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.

 

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.

Administrative Assistant and Communications Manager of the MOI LAB

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE

JOB TITLE: Administrative Assistant and Communications Manager of the MOI LAB

SUPERVISED BY: Staff Associate & Assistant Professor (Dr. Exposito-Alonso)

FLSA: Part-time/Non-Exempt

POSITION SUMMARY:

Provides high level administrative support to a Staff Associate in the Department of Plant Biology. Responsible for the day-to-day and long-term management of the lab and the coordination of activities with internal and external constituents. Some of the responsibilities are listed below, most of which are not done on a daily basis but occasionally need.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Keep lab website updated, with help from IT, including but not limited to:
    • Posting seminars
    • Making sure HQ news releases are posted not only at the homepage but also at the appropriate lab page
    • Updating publication lists
    • Making sure that everyone is correctly listed on the website 
  • Manage seminars (both internal and external) on a rolling basis.
    • For external seminars, follow the full workflow developed during searches, including contacting seminar speakers, gathering information, preparing announcements, managing meetings with speakers, etc.
    • For internal seminars, work with scientists to generate a speaker list, manage invitations, logistics, follow-up, etc. 
    • About once a month, help generate ideas for non-science lunch topics.
    • Maintain an online system with information on all upcoming seminars and lunch topics.
    • Once in-person seminars resume, manage travel and lodging for seminar speakers, organize post seminar receptions, arrange room reservations, etc.
  • Manage financial requests, including but not limited to:
    • Purchasing routine lab and field supplies
    • Paying invoices for publications
    • Assisting with reimbursements for expenses
  • Cross-post relevant announcements to relevant channels in Slack.
  • Support incoming postdocs and students including but not limited to:
    • Helping them identify local resources 
    • Arranging travel and lodging for trips prior to their start dates
    • Helping them navigate Carnegie systems
  • Facilitate events for the lab, both virtual and in person, which may include items such as:
    • Arranging catering
    • Identifying and purchasing gifts
    • Organizing social events including annual lab retreats
    • Supporting planning and logistics for workshops and meetings
  • Coordinate space use within the lab, including but not limited to:
    • Coordinate space / desk assignments across labs
    • Ensure that building use is consistent with protocols (e.g., signage related to PPE use, workstation spacing, etc.)
  • Other:
    • Coordinate lab contributions to Carnegie annual reports
    • Work with IT to keep mailing lists up to date

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, with 3+ years of progressive responsibilities providing administrative support in a high professional work environment.
  • Ability to deal appropriately with confidential information and work independently.
  • Proficient typing skills, with high degree of accuracy to produce quality documents in an efficient and timely manner.
  • High levels of organization, reliability, trustworthiness, intelligence, communication skills, and motivation.
  • Experience in communications and outreach, media, etc.
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, and spelling 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.
  • Above average proficiency with technology applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience with Adobe Acrobat and ability to learn new technology as needed.

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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington) is a private U.S.-based non-profit endowment, 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) has 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 Carnegie Department of Global Ecology (https://dge.carnegiescience.edu), 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.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS & SUBMISSION:  Informal inquiries about this position can be made by emailing Moises (Moi) Exposito-Alonso at admin@moilab.science. To be formally considered, please include: (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) three referees whom I can ask for letters of recommendation. 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available to analyze maize anther proteomes, jointly sponsored by Dr. Virginia Walbot (Stanford University) and Dr. Shouling Xu (Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science. The position is located on the Stanford CA.  Using fully fertile and male-sterile, anther defective mutants already characterized by microscopy and single cell RNA-seq, learn diverse proteomics techniques to monitor protein abundances, de novo synthesis, and post-translational modifications in developing anthers to answer fundamental questions in developmental biology.

Recent publications:   

Nan, G-L., et al. 2022. Cascades of bHLH-regulated pathways program maize anther development.  Plant Cell 34:  1207-1225.  doi:  org/10.1093/plcell/koac007  Highlight  M. Osnato.  2022.  Fantastic four:  bHLH factors and the making of pollen.  Plant Cell 34:  1151-1152.  doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koac028

Nelms, B. and V. Walbot. 2022.  Gametophyte genome activation occurs at pollen mitosis I in maize.  Science 375:  284-289, plus the cover.  doi: 10.1126/science.abl7392

Bi, Y. et al. 2021. Arabidopsis ACINUS is O-glycosylated and regulates transcription and alternative splicing of regulators of reproductive transitions. 2021.  Nat Commun.12: 945. doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-20929-7

Reyes, A. V. et al. 2022. Application of parallel reaction monitoring in 15N labeled samples for quantification. Front. Plant Sci., doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2022.832585

We prefer candidates with experience in either maize genetics/molecular biology or proteomics to work with the Walbot lab on carefully staged anthers and specific anther cell types. Candidates will perform MS work at Carnegie Mass Spec facility (on the Stanford campus) directed by Dr. Shouling Xu. The facility is currently equipped with Orbitrap Q-Exactive and is expected to have additional Orbitrap Eclipse with ETD in the fall. The facility is equipped with three HPLC/FPLC instruments for offline fractionations.  Position to start in summer or fall 2022.  Please click the Apply Now box below and send your CV, a cover letter, along with the names of 3 references. 

Informal inquiries about the position can be made by emailing walbot@stanford.edu or slxu@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, 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.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Quantifying climate sensitivities of photosynthesis and respiration in Arctic and boreal ecosystems

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive with comprehensive benefits

Location: Stanford, CA

Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology at Stanford is seeking a motivated, creative, and collaborative Postdoctoral Fellow to advance understanding of Arctic and boreal biome responses to climate change.

The Department of Global Ecology, founded in 2002 on the campus of Stanford University, conducts basic and applied research into the interactions among Earth’s ecosystems, land, atmosphere, oceans, and people with a goal of informing the sustainability of the Earth system. Department faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, technical and administrative staff work to understand how our planet operates, and how it will respond to future changes. We place a particular focus on research questions that will have a substantial impact on our ability to manage the Earth system, and that have a high likelihood of leading to breakthroughs on timescales that are compatible with the urgency of the climate, biodiversity, energy, and food security crises facing our planet.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will develop innovative strategies for using atmospheric, land surface and satellite-based observations to characterize the sensitivities of boreal and Arctic carbon sinks to climate variability and assess their impact on future climate projections. There will be considerable flexibility in the specific scientific questions to be examined, but potential areas of focus include:

  • Assessing how atmospheric observations inform mechanistic understanding of Arctic and boreal carbon balance
  • Evaluating how temperature, water availability, and radiation control patterns of photosynthesis and respiration
  • Informing the representation of photosynthesis and respiration in climate and terrestrial biosphere models

Required Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in any scientific or engineering discipline with a grounding in earth and environmental science, climate, ecology, energy, agriculture, hydrology, remote sensing, or related field;
  • Analyses of large spatio-temporal climate datasets;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills;
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and in teams;
  • Commitment to a collegial and inclusive workplace.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will identify compelling research questions, collaborate extensively both within and outside the department, lead and contribute to high-impact research papers, present scientific results at conferences, and create data products to be used by other scientists and stakeholders.

The position is based in Dr. Anna Michalak’s research group and funded through the NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) program. The appointment will be one year initially and with the potential of extensions up to a total of three years based on performance and funding availability. The position is available immediately but the starting date is flexible.

Applications will only be considered when submitted through our application portal. The application must include a cover letter, a CV (including a list of publications), and a list of three references with contact information. Please contact Dr. Anna Michalak at michalak@carnegiescience.edu with any questions about the position. 

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 underrepresented groups and backgrounds to apply. 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.

2023 Summer Research Intern for WALLII

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

2023 Summer Intern Program for WALLII

We are looking for a motivated intern this summer interested in molecular biology to participate in our multiplex CRISPR project during the summer. The position is at The Carnegie Institution for Science which is located on the Stanford University campus in Stanford, CA. You will be working in the lab of Dr. Moi Exposito-Alonso.

In the Moi lab, we use multidisciplinary methods of plant experimental ecology, computer science, and evolutionary molecular genetics to study plant adaptation to stressful environments. For this we have generated a large population of putative Arabidopsis thaliana mutants, in which hundreds of their drought related genes have been targeted by CRISPR-Cas9. In order to identify edited mutants, several experimental assays need to be performed such as transformation screening, phenotypic and genotypic analyses. During this time, you will learn about different molecular techniques including cloning, plant transformation, PCR and electrophoresis, as well as maintaining plants including sowing and seeds collection.

The Moi Lab has experience in plant experimental ecology, evolutionary molecular genetics, and computer science. The lab asks questions such as “Can we predict complex ecological traits such as survivorship, fitness, and disease from an organism’s genome and environment? And, can we use novel molecular biology technology to understand the mechanisms of climate adaptation?” You can find more details about his lab here: https://www.moilab.science/

This position is part of the Water and Life Interface Institution (WALII, pronounced “Wally”) project. WALII studies how life interacts with water, from the molecular to the organismal level, across plants, fungi, and animals. WALII is a virtual institute, with scientists located at nine research facilities across the United States. Working together, WALII team members aim to uncover the rules by which organisms interact with water, exploring four integrated themes: 1) the physical and molecular determinants that allow organisms to survive in the solid state; 2) rehydration responses in desiccation-tolerant and -sensitive systems; 3) the molecular grammar of desiccation tolerance conferred by intrinsically disordered proteins; and 4) the short- and long-term evolutionary history of desiccation tolerance. WALII team members have diverse expertise, ranging from biophysics to plant biology, and experience with several desiccation-tolerant and -sensitive systems.

How to apply: Please apply by clicking on the Apply Now box located below. In your application materials, specify that you are interested in working on the Water and Life Interface Institute project in the Moi Lab. In your cover letter, describe why you are interested in the lab, the questions that you want to pursue, and your goals. Note: Interns in this lab will be participating in the Carnegie Science Internship Program, in addition to the WALII Internship Program. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2023.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formally 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 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 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.

Laboratory Technician, macroalgal development

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

Position Overview:

The Grossman laboratory at the Carnegie Institution (Stanford, CA) works on many aspects of algal physiology, metabolism, and photosynthesis. In a new project, we focus on macroalgal reproduction using the model brown alga Ectocarpus. This project is motivated by our knowledge gap in understanding genetic factors controlling the macroalga life-cycles. We seek an enthusiastic, person with life-science research experience to fill a position as a laboratory technician for this project. The successful applicant will learn to work independently, gain practical and theoretic knowledge in algal physiology, and receive training in various laboratory techniques. 

This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits. The period of employment is for one year. 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Grow and maintain algal cultures. 
  • Monitor algal development by wide-field and confocal microscopy.
  • Perform genetic transformation using micro-injection, initially assisted by Dr. Frej Tulin.
  • Maintain precise records in hand-written and electronic formats.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of shared lab spaces and assist with general lab management.
  • Meet routinely with Dr. Tulin and Dr. Grossman to discuss research progress and priorities.
  • Attend weekly group meetings and prepare regular oral presentations.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Experience with standard laboratory techniques (pipetting, DNA cloning)
  • Experience with algal cultivation and physiology
  • Experience with light microscopy

Required Education & Skills:  

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the life sciences or related disciplines 
  • Ability to work methodically towards a long-term goal
  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills

To be considered for this position, please click on the blue Apply Now button below and send the following materials as a single PDF:

  • Brief cover letter 
  • CV emphasizing prior research experience
  • Contact information for three references
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine)

Priority will be given to candidates who apply by October 31st, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Dr. Frej Tulin at (ftulin@carnegiescience.edu).

Additional information: 

The Department of Plant Biology is one of six departments comprising the Carnegie Institution for Science. The department functions as a private, non-profit research institute affiliated with Stanford University and is located adjacent to the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, CA. The department consists of 10 laboratories studying a variety of questions in plant and algal biology. For more information about the Department, visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/research/mission. 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. 

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: 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/

 

Postdoctoral Positions – Wang Lab

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

Postdoc positions are available in the lab of Dr. Zhiyong Wang at Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, to work on research projects that investigate the signaling networks underlying plant growth and acclimation. Possible research projects include investigations of the brassinosteroid signaling network, the O-glycosylation (O-GlcNAc and O-fucose) network, the crosstalk between nutrient-sensing O-glycosylation (O-GlcNAc and O-fucose) and hormone-regulated phosphorylation, and the functions of these signaling mechanisms in regulating cellular processes such as transcription, protein translation, protein degradation, vesicle trafficking, and cell division. The research can involve a variety of approaches including genetics, proteomics, mass spectrometry, protein engineering, and chemical biology. The candidates are required to have a Ph.D in biology or biochemistry. 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 Zhi-Yong Wang at zywang24@stanford.edu

Position details:

This is a full-time position with a competitive annual salary 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.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington) is a private U.S.-based non-profit endowment, 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) has 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 Carnegie Department of Global Ecology (https://dge.carnegiescience.edu), 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.

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.

Staff Scientist in Geochemistry/Cosmochemistry

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary:

Location: Washington, DC

The Earth & Planets Laboratory at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Washington, DC campus) invites applications for a staff scientist in geochemistry/cosmochemistry at any career stage. Carnegie staff scientists hold 12-month salaried appointments and pursue independent research supported by a combination of endowment and federal funds. Carnegie Science is committed to creating an environment that supports belonging and inclusive excellence. We seek applicants with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives that will enhance our current strengths and approaches to investigate the origin and evolution of Earth and other rocky planets. Specific disciplines of interest include, but are not limited to, radiogenic or stable isotope geochemistry, with an emphasis on lab-based techniques.

The Carnegie Institution for Science is dedicated to exploring fundamental scientific questions in service to humankind. While staff scientists do not have formal teaching duties, mentoring postdoctoral scholars is a crucial component of the job. Individuals who actively contribute to their academic community through leadership and outreach are highly valued.On-site facilities include state-of-the-art experimental and analytical laboratories, high performance computing, a state-of-the-art machine shop, and engineering and electronics support. Beyond support for scientific success, Carnegie offers a competitive salary and benefits package including parental leave, health care, and retirement.

Applicants must have a Ph.D., or equivalent, in geochemistry, geology, planetary science, or a relevant field by the time of appointment.

To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter with the names of three references, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a complete list of publications highlighting the applicant’s three most relevant and important papers, and (4) a research statement of up to 5 pages including the applicant’s current research and future research plans. Applicants are encouraged to provide a research statement that includes evidence for research productivity and originality as well as any demonstrated commitment to community-building or diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

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

Any questions regarding this position or the application process should be directed to the search committee chair, Anat Shahar (ashahar@carnegiescience.edu).

Review of applications will begin November 15th, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

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.