Job: Carnegie postdoc fellow position to spearhead a plant cell atlas project

Department: DPB – Plant Biology


Location: Stanford CA

A Carnegie postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately in the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution for Science. We are located in the heart of Stanford University’s natural sciences, medical school and engineering departments. The fellow will be co-supervised by David Ehrhardt (a leader in cell biology) and Sue Rhee (a leader in computational/systems biology) and collaborate with directors of our in-house imaging and proteomics facilities to create a plant cell atlas research program. The plant biology community lacks a comprehensive picture of where molecular machineries are located within cells and their dynamics in real time. Scientists in our department work on various aspects of the plant cell ranging from biochemical pathways, signaling pathways, transcriptional regulatory pathways, and machineries that shape cells. Yet, most of us have not explored the dynamic cellular context of the proteins we work on. For example, we do not know whether enzymes in a metabolic pathway are physically linked in a cell to provide a metabolic tunnel for efficient channeling of metabolites. Transcriptional regulators have often been observed as nuclear speckles but we do not know the composition and diversity of these subcellular structures. Likewise, proteins localize to nano and microdomains in the cell membrane and cell wall, but we do not know the composition and diversity of these domains and the functions they serve. With recent advances in molecular, imagining and proteomics technologies, and the facilities we have at hand in the Department of Plant Biology and at Stanford, we have a new opportunity to develop a dynamic cellular view of these processes that would seed the beginning of a plant cell atlas.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Cell and Molecular Biology or a related field. The successful candidate should also have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, excellent communication and teamwork skills, and enthusiasm for learning new things.

The Carnegie Institution, a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences, was founded and endowed by Andrew Carnegie in 1902 and incorporated by an act of Congress in 1904. Andrew Carnegie conceived the Institution’s purpose to 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.