Job: Bioinformatics and Curation Research Assistantship

Department: DPB – Plant Biology


Location: Stanford, CA

We are looking for a talented recent graduate to work as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Sue Rhee at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, located in Stanford, California. Plants are a critical source of medicinal compounds used to treat human diseases, but most plant metabolites remain unexplored pharmacologically. The successful candidate will be part of Stanford’s Wu Tsai Neuroscience Institute’s NeuroPlant Project ( The project aims to broaden our ability to find new psychopharmacological compounds in plants and discover their modes of action by developing methods to screen the effects of plant products on the nervous system of C. elegans.

More broadly, the Rhee lab strives to uncover how plant metabolism is organized, regulated and evolves. The successful candidate will also function as a member of a team called the Plant Metabolic Network (PMN, where we develop computational algorithms and pipelines to predict and annotate enzymes, transporters, and metabolic networks of plants.

Successful candidates must have a BS or BA degree in computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, data science or related fields. Proficiency in at least one programming language is required. Familiarity/proficiency with python, java and R is a plus. Knowledge of biology and sequence analysis is highly desired. The person must have the ability for critical thinking and problem-solving, and has excellent communication and teamwork attitude and skills.

Specific duties of the position include, but not limit to,: 1) curating relevant information from the literature; 2) running computational pipelines for data processing, database creation and release; 3) conducting data quality checking and debugging; 4) writing and revising protocols and documentations; and 5) participating in web User Interface enhancement.


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

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