Job: Researcher or Technician position in Molecular Ecological Genetics

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

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

We seek to understand the impacts of climate change on the genetic diversity and evolutionary potential of plant species. Combining computational tools with experimental data, we can find the genetic loci involved in past and current adaptations, which can then be manipulated in the lab with novel genetic engineering techniques to understand the mechanisms of such adaptations and potentially speed up adaptation to future climates (see The successful candidate will be involved in conducting next generation sequencing of samples from the international GrENE-net project and the development of molecular genetics tools to catalyze plant adaptation to simulated climate change conditions in the lab.

Depending on the candidate, this position can be filled as technician, staff researcher, or postdoc. This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits (conditions negotiable). The lab is located at the Carnegie Institution on Stanford campus, with 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 term will be for one year with potential renewal of up to five years depending on performance.

The required qualifications for this position are a BSc or a PhD degree (depending on position level) in biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, or bioengineering, and some laboratory experience in at least one of the following: next generation sequencing, gene cloning, gene transformation, and CRISPR/Cas9 editing. We prefer candidates willing to work closely with collaborators and lab members and to interact with the dynamic research community at the Carnegie Plant Biology and Global Ecology departments, and the Stanford Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering departments.

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

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of the 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 and Department of Global Ecology have state-of-the-art facilities for molecular genetic studies of plants and computer resources. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology and Global Ecology, visit and

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.