Postdoctoral Associate (Full Time)
Job Details
St. Louis - Saint Louis, MO
Full Time
Graduate Degree

The Baxter Lab ( and Mockler lab ( at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center are recruiting multiple enthusiastic postdoctoral associates to work on a DOE-funded project studying the response to abiotic stresses in Sorghum and Setaria. Candidates will work at the nexus of phenotyping, quantitative genetics, comparative genetics, and genomics. Large datasets from field and controlled environment phenotyping, genome sequencing, and transcriptomics are available, and more will be produced during the project.


  • Design and conduct computational analyses to test and generate hypotheses related to the molecular functions of genes involved in water use efficiency and the response to abiotic stresses in Sorghum and Setaria
  • Analyze large datasets at the nexus of field and controlled environment phenotyping, quantitative genetics, comparative genetics, genomics, and transcriptomics
  • Write reports as required and communicate findings internally and at professional meetings.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication
  • Work collaboratively as part of a diverse team and mentor graduate and/or undergraduate students as appropriate
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience in data science/bioinformatics, genomic data analysis, and statistical approaches
  • Goal oriented individual who thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to organize, multitask their time efficiently and work both independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary and interactive research environment
  • Effective communication skills and ability to produce high-quality oral and written research products
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Independence in planning and performing routine experiments, data analysis and interpretation of results
  • Effective writing and communication skills, meticulous record keeping
  • Live the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship


  • A Ph.D. in a field related to plant bioinformatics (i.e., plant biology, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, genomics, computer science, statistics) is required


  • Cover letter clearly describing research interest 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 Centers 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 charitable contributions from individuals, companies, and foundations.

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