Laboratory Technician - Full Time - Zhang Lab
Job Details
St. Louis - Saint Louis, MO
Full Time
4 Year Degree

The Zhang Laboratory at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St. Louis, Missouri) studies how photosynthetic organisms respond to high temperatures by using both green algae and land plants as models.  To learn more about the Zhang Lab, visit our webpage. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a full-time lab technician position.  The position is available immediately.  Review of applications will begin soon and continue until the position is filled.



  • Participation in research projects about how green algae and land plants respond to high temperatures
  • General lab duties, including working with various equipment for algal cultivation and photosynthetic measurements in green algae and land plants
  • Help characterize mutants in green algae and land plants
  • Other duties as assigned


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
  • Passion for plant science research and learning new skills
  • Live the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship
  • Individuals aiming for graduate school in the future are especially encouraged to apply, several of our previous lab technicians went onto graduate school after the training in the Zhang lab
  • BS in biology or related field
  • Previous laboratory experience in plant science and some bioinformatic/coding skills are pluses, but not required



  • Cover letter (including research experience and career goals)
  • 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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