Job: Carnegie postdoc fellow position to study mechanisms of thermoadaptation of a desert extremophile C4 plant

Department: DPB – Plant Biology



A Carnegie postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution for Science. The fellow will be co-supervised by Sue Rhee (a leader in computational/systems biology) and Joe Berry (a leader in ecophysiology and planetary-scale carbon cycling) in the Department of Global Ecology and will participate in a new collaborative project on mechanisms of themoadaptation and thermotolerance. The focus of the project is Arizona honeysweet (Tidestromia oblongifolia), a desert extremophile C4 plant that exhibits optimum photosynthetic performance close to 50°C. The overall aim of the project is to combine ecophysiology, metabolic network and biochemical modeling, genomics, proteomics, cell biological and biophysical analysis to decipher the mechanisms underlying this thermotolerance.

We are looking for a talented scientist to join our team and spearhead the molecular, biophysical, and anatomical characterizations of the plant. Responsibilities will include performing transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics experiments and characterizing anatomical, cell biological, and biophysical features of the leaf at multiple scales. The directors of our proteomics and advanced imaging facilities will train the successful candidate. The successful candidate will also learn to measure physiological attributes of photosynthesis and transpiration under the guidance of Joe Berry and collaborate with other team members with expertise in biochemical and metabolic network modeling to synthesize mechanistic models of thermoadaptation and thermotolerance.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Cell and Molecular Biology or a related field. Experience with imaging or omics technologies is a plus. The successful candidate should also have a demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, creativity, 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.