Job: Postdoc or Research Assistant Position: Molecular Ecology of Plants using CRISPR and NGS approaches

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $65,568 (depending on qualifications)

Location: Stanford, CA

Moi Exposito-Alonso Lab –
Carnegie Institution for Science & Stanford University, 260 Panama st., California 94305, USA
Annual salary $65,568 (depending on qualifications)
2 years with potential extensions
Publication date: Sep 2021
Starting date: Jan 2022 (flexible)
Closing date: accepting applications until filled


We aim to recruit a highly motivated and skillful researcher with training in molecular biology, plant genetics, or bioengineering.

We seek to understand the impacts of climate change on plant species. Combining computational tools with experimental data, we have found many genomic positions involved in historical and ongoing adaptations. Leveraging CRISPR-based genetic engineering techniques, we aim to facilitate plant populations’ adaptation to anthropogenic disturbance and climate change. By creating natural genetic variants in combinations or different genomic backgrounds, we explore the following questions: (1) can we understand the architecture of adaptive traits and (2) can we break down trade-offs across ecological traits, and (3) can we understand the limits of adaptation by artificially increasing diversity? The successful candidate will be responsible for preparing  next generation sequencing libraries for samples from  the international GrENE-net project ( and developing CRISPR multiplex editing approaches, funded by our NIH High-Risk High-Reward grant. 

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! 


  • Required qualifications for these positions are a BSc or a PhD in any of the following areas: molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, bioengineering
  • A track record of research productivity and independence
  • Willingness to work closely with collaborators and lab members. 
  • Depending on the candidate, this position can be filled as technician or postdoc. The RA position would involve learning and supporting ongoing sequencing and transformation efforts and assisting with lab chores. The postdoc position requires leading research independently, setting up gene editing pipelines, participating in collaborative projects, preparing publications, and presenting research in scientific meetings.  

Position details

This is a full-time position with a competitive annual salary and benefits. The lab is located at the Carnegie Institution on the Stanford University campus. Carnegie researchers 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 for Science (formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington) is a private U.S.-based non-profit endowment, located on the campus of Stanford University since 1928. 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 have made key discoveries in plant biology, including early experiments of local adaptation (Clausen, Keck, Hiesey), the discovery of transposable elements (McClintock), plant ecophysiology at global scales (Berry, Field), the discovery of key photosynthesis and phototropism genes (Grossman, Briggs), or The Arabidopsis Information Resource TAIR (Rhee, Somerville). The Department of Plant Biology ( has state-of-the-art facilities for molecular genetic studies of plants, greenhouses and field sites, and computer resources. The lab is co-affiliated with the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology (, the Department of Biology at Stanford University ( and with the center of Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genetics ( 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.


Informal inquiries about this position can be made by emailing Moises (Moi) Exposito-Alonso at To be formally considered, please include: (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) three referees whom I can ask for letters of recommendation.