Job: Staff Associate

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: TBD

Location: Baltimore, MD

The Department of Embryology announces an open Staff Associate position.


The Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution for Science, located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, is focused on developmental biology, cell and genome biology, evolution, and tool building. Our department was the first in the country to establish a Staff Associate Program, in the late 1970s. This program supports a small cadre of exceptionally talented young scientists who may have just finished their Ph.D. or who may be at an early stage of postdoctoral training. These individuals are chosen because they have developed exciting ideas for addressing important biological problems. The freedom and independence provided by a Staff Associate position allows explorations of higher risk, higher payoff long term projects. The success of the program is evident from the long and distinguished history of successful scientists who began their careers with us.

Because of the ‘off-the-beaten path’ nature of such creative work, it may be difficult to obtain funding or to identify suitable labs to pursue these ideas. Our Associates pursue their ideas as independent junior faculty members, within their own research space in the department. The diverse and vibrant environment, with elite fellow scientists and their labs, stimulates original and critical thinking. With no distractions from research, the Staff Associates work at the bench with technicians and/or postdoctoral fellows.

Additional information about the program and the department may be found at:

Job Summary:

A Staff Associate will pursue highly original and innovative biological research. The successful candidate is expected to present their findings publicly to the national and international scientific community through the publication of their research results in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific meetings and conferences. After five years, the Staff Associates are expected to move on to mid-level independent investigator positions in academia, government, and industry settings.


-Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree

-Record of distinguished, creative, and independent research accomplishments as documented by first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentation of research at scientific meetings.

-Three letters of recommendation from scientists familiar with the candidate’s scientific career. One letter should be from the candidate’s graduate or postdoctoral mentor.

To Apply:

Applicants should apply online at: Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered. Required information will include: a cover letter, current CV, a two-page research statement, and three letters of reference. Instruction for submitting the reference letters will be provided to you upon completion of the online application form. Leading candidates will be invited to visit our Department for an interview and to present a seminar about their work and their plans.

Application Deadline:

Consideration of applications is ongoing and continues until an open position is filled.

The Carnegie Institution is a private, none for profit research Institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1902. Carnegie’s Department of Embryology is situated on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. This offers ample opportunities for collaborative research.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.