DPB – Plant Biology

Early Independence Investigator Position at Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, California

The Department of Plant Biology is seeking applications for the position of Staff Associate. The Staff Associate is a five-year position (equivalent level to Assistant Professor) intended to support exceptional scientists to start independent research programs at early career stages, ideally within one year after getting their Ph.D. degree. We are broadly interested in early career scientists who show great potential for developing a rigorous and creative research program that studies molecular genetic mechanisms in any photosynthetic organisms ranging from photosynthetic microbes to higher plants. The successful candidate is expected to lead an independent research group and interact synergistically with current faculty members. Current research programs of the department study broad biological questions (related to metabolism, growth, development, and environmental adaptation) using a wide variety of systems (cyanobacteria, unicellular algae, Arabidopsis, maize, and native plants) and research approaches (biochemical, genetic, genomic, proteomic, cellular microscopy, and computational). To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, please visit https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/

A Ph.D. in science is required. Postdoctoral experience is not required. To apply, please submit a Cover Letter, CV, Description of Research Accomplishments and Future Research Plans, and Statement on Diversity Inclusion and Equity, all in one PDF file, and contact information of three references, online at: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/apply/59525/. For additional queries, please email: sacis@carnegiescience.edu. Review of applications will start on October 1, 2020, but the position will remain open until filled.

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.

Postdoc positions available to create cellular views of plant metabolism and compartmentalized metabolic models of Sorghum and Brachypodium

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary:

Location: Stanford, CA

Postdoctoral positions are available starting Sept 15, 2019 in the laboratories of Drs. Sue Rhee and David Ehrhardt at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, to participate in an exciting DOE-funded project (https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu/news/2019/8/carnegie-led-initiative-receives-major-doe-biofuels-research-grant) to generate a cellular view of plant metabolism and use the information to build and test compartmentalized metabolic network models using Sorghum and Brachypodium. This project is part of a large DOE initiative (https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-announces-64-million-research-plants-and-microbes) to expand knowledge of gene function in bioenergy crops.

The scientists will work in a team setting with personnel from Drs. Drs. Markita Landry (UC Berkeley) and Jenny Mortimer (LBNL) labs. Our aim is to first accurately define subcellular locations of enzymes by both experimental and computational approaches, then model the compartmentalized metabolic network under different environmental scenarios. Projects include: 1) developing experimental methods to identify subcellular locations of metabolic enzymes using carbon nanotube-mediated transient expression and confocal microscopy; 2) developing computational methods to accurately predict enzyme locations within the cell by leveraging the experimental data; 3) developing database and visualization infrastructure for making all the data and codes from this project available to the public; 4) developing compartmentalized metabolic network models to study the functions of Sorghum and Brachypodium metabolism in response to changes in water, light, and temperature; and 5) developing flux balance models and performing metabolic flux analyses to optimize the production of lipids, suberin, lignin and starch.

Successful candidates should have demonstrated ability for independent and critical thinking, excellent communication and teamwork skills, and enthusiasm for learning new things. Qualified computational biology candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in bioinformatics, computational biology, plant biology, microbiology, systems biology, biochemistry or a related field, and a strong background in constraint-based metabolic model reconstruction of plants or fungi. Candidates should be proficient in at least one programming language, preferably python and/or perl. Experience in using MATLAB is highly desired. Qualified experimental biology candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in cell biology, plant biology, genetics, microbiology, systems biology, biochemistry or a related field, and a strong background in molecular biology and imaging analysis using confocal microscopy.

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/

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

Summary:

Moi Exposito-Alonso Lab – www.moisesexpositoalonso.org
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

Description:

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 (GrENE-net.org), 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! 

Requirements:

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 https://dpb.carnegiescience.edu and https://dge.carnegiescience.edu.

The lab is co-affiliated with 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 moisesexpositoalonso@gmail.com

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

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.

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/

 

 

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 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/

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/