Job: Summer Internship Positions Available for a Multi-disciplinary Project at the Interface of Neuroscience, Plant Biology, and Chemistry at Stanford and Carnegie

Department: DPB – Plant Biology


Location: Stanford, CA

COVID-19 Update: Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, this summer internship experience will be postponed until the summer of 2021. We will still go through the process of selecting the top two applicants and give them the option of delaying the internship until next year.

We are looking for talented undergraduate summer interns to participate in our project called Neuroplant ( at the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, both located in Stanford, California. Duration of the internship will be 10 weeks between June and August. The start and end dates can be somewhat flexible. The internship will be paid via a fixed stipend of $7,500.

Successful candidates will get hands-on training in the areas of model organism handling, neurobiology, plant biochemistry, and development of assay automation. The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team conducting phenotypic screens for chemotaxis using the nematode model organism Caenorhabditis elegans for plant based compounds.

We are looking for highly motivated and organized students majoring in biology, neuroscience, plant biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related fields. The position is particularly relevant for students seeking to gain laboratory research experience and explore scientific research as a career. No previous lab experience is needed though having basic lab skills is a plus. 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.

To apply, please submit your application (both cover letter and CV/resume) below. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.

Additional information:

Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal opportunity employer.  We highly encourage candidates from under represented gender and ethnic groups to apply. All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Carnegie Institution for Science is a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences. It was founded and endowed by Andrew Carnegie in 1902 and incorporated by an act of Congress in 1904. Andrew Carnegie conceived the Institution’s purpose to be “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery, and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind.” The Department of Plant Biology engages in basic research on the mechanisms involved in the growth and development of plants and algae. The Department of Plant Biology is co-located with the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology on a seven-acre site on the campus of Stanford University. 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