Assistant or Associate Member
Job Details
St. Louis - Saint Louis, MO
Full Time
Graduate Degree

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is seeking a new faculty member. Candidates from all disciplines are sought who are using creative approaches in any area of science that can be applied to plants and their environment. The Danforth Center believes that a diverse workforce strengthens and enriches our community, and ultimately yields the best science. 


Located in St. Louis, Missouri, the Danforth Center is an independent, not-for-profit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition through plant science. The Danforth Center addresses global challenges by facilitating fundamental discovery and enabling translation into entrepreneurial and humanitarian solutions. Our scientific environment is grounded in our values of collaboration, diversity and inclusion, innovation, integrity and respect, environmental sustainability, and stewardship. For more information see:


Home to 28 independent laboratories, the Center is the hub of a vibrant plant-science community consisting of public and private entities that provide employment opportunities for trainees, fertile ground for collaborative projects, and a means for translational work. We have made significant investments to broaden and deepen our capability to understand the phenotypic consequences of plant genetic diversity and complex environmental interactions above and below-ground. These include the areas of sensing and imaging, computer vision and machine learning, and quantitative biology. The Center continues to expand its research portfolio to encompass plants and their environment from nano- to ecosystem-scales, including a new field research facility.


The Center boasts state-of-the-art core facilities in Data Science, Advanced Bioimaging, automated Phenotyping, Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry, Plant Transformation, and Plant Growth, as well as two Institutes focused on plant-based renewable energy and international crop improvement. Candidates are expected to establish and maintain active and productive extramurally-funded research programs, and to engage with the broader plant science and education communities. Most Members have Adjunct Faculty appointments at partner universities through which graduate and undergraduate students are recruited and trained. An award-winning Education and Outreach program and NSF REU internship program further supports faculty engagement with students and teachers locally and nationally. Generous start-up packages are provided by the Center. Initial appointments for Assistant Members are 6 years, with 5-year renewals thereafter.




Required qualifications:  PhD and postdoctoral experience in a relevant field, record of achievement through publications and other scholarly outputs, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.


To apply, please submit the following: 1) cover letter, 2) 300-word anonymized vision statement summarizing key questions, future directions, and potential impacts for science and society of the candidate’s research program, 3) curriculum vitae, 4) a research statement of up to three pages describing accomplishments and future plans, 5) up to two pages describing management/mentoring/training philosophy which will include experience with and commitment to diversity and inclusion,  6) up to three relevant pre-prints/publications, and 7) the contact information for three references. All materials must be submitted online at: Potential references will not be contacted without prior notification to the candidate. Review of applications will begin January 15th 2021; for full consideration, please submit by March 15th, 2021. Please send inquiries about the search by email to: 


The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is proudly an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions at the Danforth Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It is our policy that the Danforth Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin and status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to access the information provided on this web site, please contact Human Resources, at 314-587-1237 for assistance.