Job: Laboratory Technician, macroalgal development

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

Position Overview:

The Grossman laboratory at the Carnegie Institution (Stanford, CA) works on many aspects of algal physiology, metabolism, and photosynthesis. In a new project, we focus on macroalgal reproduction using the model brown alga Ectocarpus. This project is motivated by our knowledge gap in understanding genetic factors controlling the macroalga life-cycles. We seek an enthusiastic, person with life-science research experience to fill a position as a laboratory technician for this project. The successful applicant will learn to work independently, gain practical and theoretic knowledge in algal physiology, and receive training in various laboratory techniques. 

This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits. The period of employment is for one year. 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Grow and maintain algal cultures. 
  • Monitor algal development by wide-field and confocal microscopy.
  • Perform genetic transformation using micro-injection, initially assisted by Dr. Frej Tulin.
  • Maintain precise records in hand-written and electronic formats.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of shared lab spaces and assist with general lab management.
  • Meet routinely with Dr. Tulin and Dr. Grossman to discuss research progress and priorities.
  • Attend weekly group meetings and prepare regular oral presentations.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Experience with standard laboratory techniques (pipetting, DNA cloning)
  • Experience with algal cultivation and physiology
  • Experience with light microscopy

Required Education & Skills:  

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the life sciences or related disciplines 
  • Ability to work methodically towards a long-term goal
  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills

To be considered for this position, please click on the blue Apply Now button below and send the following materials as a single PDF:

  • Brief cover letter 
  • CV emphasizing prior research experience
  • Contact information for three references
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine)

Priority will be given to candidates who apply by October 31st, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Dr. Frej Tulin at (

Additional information: 

The Department of Plant Biology is one of six departments comprising the Carnegie Institution for Science. The department functions as a private, non-profit research institute affiliated with Stanford University and is located adjacent to the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, CA. The department consists of 10 laboratories studying a variety of questions in plant and algal biology. For more information about the Department, visit Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status. 

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.