Job: Research Assistant: Next Generation Sequencing and CRISPR in Plants

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: $80,000

Location: Stanford, CA

Moi Exposito-Alonso Lab

Staff Associate, Principal Investigator, Carnegie Institution for Science

Assistant Professor (by courtesy) of Biology, Stanford University Stanford

Freeman Hrabowski Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institutes (HHMI)


Lab location: 260 Panama st., Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Annual salary $80,000

1 year contract, with potential extensions up to 4-5 years

Publication date: May 2023

Starting date: As early as possible

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 from a molecular evolution angle. The project will leverage ecological genomics modeling to identify genes involved in dehydration tolerance and water use efficiency in Arabidopsis, and use CRISPR-based genetic engineering, developmental genetics, and microscopy techniques to understand the molecular mechanism of such adaptive genes. 

The MOILAB is a highly interactive and interdisciplinary lab, and many experiments are conducted in collaboration. In our lab, we target scientific excellence as well as building a positive community for growth. You can read our value statement here:


* The position requires leading research independently, preparing publications, and presenting research in scientific meetings. 

* Willingness to work closely with collaborators and lab members. 

* Contributing to lab-wide chores towards a productive and positive lab. 

Required skills

* 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.


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. 

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!