Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: 55,000

Location: Stanford, CA


We are accepting applications for a postdoctoral position that involves the analyses of molecular aspects of photosynthetic processes and their control by light and metabolic signals. The work, which will use the model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, will involve a strong knowledge of molecular and biochemical techniques and assays to measure photosynthetic activity (see below). The successful applicant will work at the Carnegie Institution for Science (on the Stanford campus) but will interact with other principal investigators associated with the project who are in both the USA and Europe.

Desired skills

  1. Strong understanding of molecular biology and biochemical techniques including cloning, sequencing, gene expression analyses such as RNA-seq and RT-qPCR, transformation and the use of selections and reporter genes, assays for protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions (hybridization capture of chromatic associated proteins), immunodetection of proteins and the use of immunology to localize proteins in the cell, subcellular fractionation using various chromatography techniques.
  2. Experience in measuring photosynthetic activities through gas exchange and spectrophotometric and fluorescence techniques.
  3. Experience growing and performing genetic crosses with the unicellular algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.


  1. Designing and performing experiments.
  2. Writing manuscripts and reports.
  3. Working with other postdoctorals and PIs in collaborative efforts.
  4. Presenting the work at lab meetings, local meetings and scientific conferences.
  5. Mentoring junior people in the lab.
  6. Participating in the tasks needed to maintain the lab.

The position is for 3 years depending on the performance of the successful applicant.  Please send a letter indicating your interest, a full CV and have three reference letters sent to Arthur Grossman, preferably by email.

Arthur Grossman

Department of Plant Biology

The Carnegie Institution for Science

260 Panama Street

Stanford, CA 94305