Job: Lab Technician

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, California

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic Research Technician to work in the lab of Zhiyong Wang at Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California. The Wang lab is focusing on cellular signaling mechanisms that regulate growth, development, adaptation, and immunity. They study how plant growth is controlled by nutrients, hormones, and environmental signals through cellular signal transduction networks, which act through specific protein-protein interactions and protein modifications. These broad questions are addressed using model plants including Arabidopsis and Chlamydomonas, and broad experimental approaches including genomics and proteomics. For more information about the Wang lab, please visit

The Research Technician will support research projects under general supervision and perform molecular biology experiments such as molecular cloning and protein purification and analysis. 

Essential Duties:

  • Assist lab scientists by performing investigative procedures and operating a variety of scientific equipment. These may include molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, gel electrophoresis, immunoblot, chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Training will be provided based on experience and interest.
  • Record experimental procedures, collect and organize and verify the accuracy of data and information in support of lab research; perform calculations and prepare charts, graphs and reports.
  • Demonstrate various laboratory techniques to laboratory personnel and students as needed.



  • A bachelor’s degree is required. A major in molecular biology, chemistry, or a closely related scientific discipline is strongly preferred.


  • At least 1 year of previous hands-on laboratory experience is required. Significant laboratory experience obtained during undergraduate studies (honors thesis, internship, etc.) is acceptable and will be considered.
  • Previous experience working with molecular biology (DNA/RNA isolation, cloning, PCR), or protein biochemistry (purification and analysis by gel blot or mass spectrometry) techniques is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience working with chromatography and mass spectrometry would be a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • High motivation to support basic research and strong interest in fundamental biological questions.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new experimental techniques.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, prioritization skills, and time management skills.
  • Ability to keep records of experiments and results.
  • Proficient computer skills (PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).
  • Ability and willingness to have a flexible work schedule to accommodate experimental needs and other lab needs as required.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to interact positively and work well with a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions

  • Inquiries about the position can be emailed to Zhiyong Wang at with a subject line of Technician Job. Formal application should be submitted via the job posting on Carnegie Institution for Science careers page. Please include a cover letter briefly describing your research experience and interest, your resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references, preferably as one PDF document. 

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. 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

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.