Job: Full-time Research Assistant

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $50,000

Location: Stanford, CA


A position is available immediately for a research assistant in the laboratory of Matthew Evans working on plant development at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology on the Stanford University campus.  The Evans lab studies sexual reproduction in plants.  The position is currently funded for one year.  Starting salary is expected to be $50,000 per year and comes with full benefits.  Any extension beyond 12 months is dependent upon the ability to secure additional funding.  The position includes working in both laboratory and field environments.


– Strong academic record and Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology or similar.  Completion of an undergraduate course in genetics is a plus.

–Lab experience (outside of coursework)- may include undergraduate research experience.

-Willingness to work outside in the field in the summer, including planting, weeding, digging, and collecting samples.

-Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds

– Careful record keeping is a must.

– 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.


– Maintaining genetic stocks and stock records including harvesting corn, tagging and cataloging seed stocks, and record keeping.

– Managing the field site for the summer crop, including maintenance of irrigation, weed removal, planting, interacting with other workers.

– Keeping track of lab orders and lab organization. Assisting and interacting with lab members on specific projects.

– Genotyping and analysis of plants using modern molecular biology techniques including; isolation of DNA and RNA, PCR, and next generation sequencing

Please include contact information, a resume, college transcript, work experience, and the names of 3 references.

The Carnegie Institution for Science ( is a private, nonprofit organization for scientific discovery founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1902. He intended the institution to be home to exceptional individuals with imagination, intelligence and enjoyment capable of creating and expanding the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the West and East Coasts. 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 located on the campus of Stanford University. Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.