Job: 4 Postdoc or Technician Positions in Eco-Evolutionary Genetics, Genome Sequencing, or Gene Editing technologies in Plants

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $64,268 (for postdoc level, may vary depending on qualifications)

Location: Stanford, California


Moi Exposito-Alonso Lab –
Carnegie Institution for Science & Stanford University, California 94305, USA
Annual salary $64,268 (for postdoc level, may vary depending on qualifications)
Up to 5 years (extendable for technician positions)
Publication date: Aug 2020
Earliest starting date: Sep 2020 (flexible)
Closing date: accepting applications until filled


We aim to recruit highly motivated and creative people with strong training in at least one of the following areas: quantitative and population genetics, bioinformatics, next generation sequencing, gene editing.

We seek to study the impact of climate change on species and how or whether they will genetically adapt to such changes. Specifically, we aim to experimentally quantify the mode and tempo of genetic adaptation to different climates, find genetic loci involved in past adaptations, and model experimental populations using population genetic theory and computational approaches. A core project of the lab involves  next-generation sequencing of experimental populations in ~50 locations around the world (, and the analyses of this sequence data to understand evolutionary processes related to evolutionary rescue. A parallel project involves engineering plants with CRISPR or other tools to study the impact of engineered mutations in similar experimental evolution settings as GrENE-net.

These positions require conducting research independently using large genomic and experimental datasets, participating in collaborative projects, preparing publications, and presenting research in scientific meetings. 

Equal opportunity employer:

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


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

Position details:

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

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution 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 Campanas 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 and Department of Global Ecology have state-of-the-art facilities for molecular genetic studies of plants and computer resources. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology and Global Ecology, visit and

The lab is co-affiliated with the Department of Biology at Stanford University ( and with the center of Computational Evolutionary and Human Genetics ( 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.


Informal inquiries about this position can be made by emailing Moises (Moi) Exposito-Alonso at

To be formally considered, please include (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) three referees whom I can ask for letters of recommendation.