Job Details
St. Louis - Saint Louis, MO
Full Time
Graduate Degree

The Slotkin Lab at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is currently seeking an organized and motivated post-doctoral plant scientist. The fully funded position will use synthetic biology approaches in model plant organisms at the wet bench to develop key in vivo technology that address key questions in the field of plant epigenetics. The project will combine the study of epigenetics, small RNA biology, chromatin dynamics, transposable element biology and transgene silencing. In addition, the project will involve the techniques of vector construct production, sequencing library construction, long-read sequencing and bioinformatics.

To learn more about the Slotkin Lab, visit our webpage and lab website.



  • Planning and performing wet-bench experiments, data analysis and interpretation of results, as well as providing critique of project strategy
  • Provides project leadership, guidance and mentoring for other research associates or graduate students in the lab


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
  • Live the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship




  • Ph.D.  in Plant Molecular Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics 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.


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