Job: Research Assistantship available at Carnegie Institution of Science’s Department of Plant Biology

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

We are looking for a talented recent graduate to work as a Research Assistant (RA) in the laboratory of Dr. Sue Rhee at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, located in Stanford, California. Our lab is generally interested in uncovering the molecular mechanisms of plant adaptation to environmental stresses. Our studies are diverse, ranging from systematically identifying causal genes of quantitative traits and regulators that control the expression of metabolic genes to discovering functions of novel plant genes that have no similarity to any known genes. We work with different organisms but the majority of the work in the lab focuses on the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Our work involves phenotypic analysis and molecular studies on mutants, generation of transgenic lines (from cloning to selection of transformed plants) including knockout mutants (using the CRISPR technology) as well as proteomic (Westerns, CoIP, Mass Spectrometry) and cell biology (microscopy [e.g. SEM and confocal]) studies. We are about to embark on biochemical and biophysical characterizations of novel proteins, in which the RA would be a key member. The RA will be assisting postdocs and graduate students in the lab, handling some lab management duties, and occasionally helping the PI start a new project.

We are looking for a highly motivated, organized and experienced senior student (or recent graduate with a BS or BA degree in biology, biochemistry or related fields). The position is particularly relevant for students seeking more laboratory research experience before applying to graduate school. Experience in molecular biology or biochemistry is highly desirable. No previous plant biology experience is needed. Must be a self-starter who is motivated to deliver quality work, pays attention to details, has the ability for critical thinking and problem solving, and has excellent communication skills and teamwork attitude.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. 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 Camapanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, visit

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