Postdoctoral Associate - Bart Lab
Job Details
St. Louis - Saint Louis, MO
Full Time
Graduate Degree


Description:       The Bart lab at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is seeking a graduating PhD student or postdoc to fill a postdoctoral position. Research will focus on understanding plant-pathogen interactions within the context of variable environmental conditions. Much has been learned about innate immunity in the context of a single plant and a single host from experiments conducted in tightly controlled environmental conditions. It is time to expand our efforts to understand how these molecular mechanisms function across changing environments, multiple simultaneous stresses and in the context of a community of organisms. Our preliminary work indicates that plant genomes encode ‘decision making’ structures for prioritizing responses to multiple simultaneous stresses. The successful applicant will combine multiple experimental systems, and molecular, phenomic and genomic approaches, to further tease apart these complicated interactions. The successful applicant will join an enthusiastic team and have opportunities for both independent and collaborative research.

To learn more about the Bart Lab, visit our webpage.


  • Conduct research experiments to assess plant-microbe and/or plant-pathogen interactions
  • Maintain precise records of research findings and the analysis of results
  • Write reports as required, communicate findings, and prepare manuscripts for publication
  • Mentor others and work collaboratively in the lab to learn and aid in other projects
  • Present research at professional meetings

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Able to organize, multitask time efficiently and work both independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary and interactive research environment
  • Effective writing and communication skills, meticulous record keeping
  • Understanding of programming tools to handle large datasets and with thinking quantitatively, additional training in these disciplines will be provided as needed
  • Previous experience with molecular biology, microbiology, plant genetics and using programming languages such as R, python and/or other integrative computational methods for data analysis. Ideal candidate will have familiarity with several of these disciplines and additional training will be provided as needed.
  • Live the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship




  • Ph.D.  in Plant Molecular Biology, Microbial Biology or related field


  • Cover letter that describes past research experience and future interests within the Slotkin Laboratory
  • CV
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references

About the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center:

Founded in 1998, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Our focus is scientific research at the nexus of food, energy and the environment to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. We assemble interactive teams of scientists and develop unique platforms to discover underlying principles about how plants work. We then convert that knowledge into useful crops and products, and partner with organizations that are best positioned to solve problems where they exist around the world. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and from charitable donations from individuals, companies and foundations.

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