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


The Zhang Lab at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis,
Missouri, studies how photosynthetic organisms respond to high temperatures by using
both green algae and land plants as models. We have an immediate opening for a full-
time postdoctoral researcher. This position will investigate the effects of high
temperatures on photosynthesis by using the model green alga Chlamydomonas
reinhardtii with some potential follow-up work using land plant models,
e.g., Arabidopsis thaliana and Setaria viridis. The ideal candidate should have great
passion for plant science, strong background in biochemistry, molecular biology and
genetics. Candidates who have experience with photosynthesis, algal/plant biology, or
stress responses are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about the
Zhang lab, please visit our webpage.


  • Perform photosynthetic measurements using spectroscopic approaches
  • Isolate thylakoid membranes for biochemical and proteomic analysis
  • Characterize mutants deficient in photosynthesis
  • Summarize research results and write related manuscripts
  • Other duties as assigned

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

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

Education Qualifications:

  • PhD (around 2020-2022, but before the hiring date) in plant biology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or related field


  • 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, nonprofit 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 from charitable contributions from individuals, companies, and foundations.

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