Job: Postdoctoral Research Position

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $65,568

Location: Stanford, CA

A postdoc position is available immediately in the laboratory of Matthew Evans working on population genetics of maize cross-incompatibility systems in Zea mays at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, CA.  This project is part of a multi-institution collaboration on the evolution and population genetics of cross-incompatibility systems in maize and teosinte.  The position is currently funded for one year by the National Science Foundation.  Starting salary is expected to be $65,568 per year.  Any extension beyond 12 months is dependent upon the ability to secure additional funding.  The position includes working in both laboratory and field environments.    

We are dedicated to maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.  We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a PhD in molecular biology, genetics, or related disciplines and a demonstrated ability to carry out outstanding research.  A strong background in genetics and molecular biology is desired.  Experience in maize genetics is advantageous but not required.  Excellent communication skills and an ability and willingness to collaborate are essential.  The successful applicant is also expected to interact with undergraduates participating in summer research projects.


  • A PhD in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, or related fields
  • A previous record of research productivity and independence
  • Ability to work closely with lab members and collaborators

Please include 1) contact information, 2) a resume, 3) college transcript, 4) work experience, and 5) the names of 3 references.

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!

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.

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.