Postdoctoral positions in the Umen and Zhang laboratories at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

We seek applicants for two postdoctoral positions to work on a collaborative DOE funded project. Applicants may apply to either or both positions through the indicated links.

Umen Laboratory

The Umen laboratory ( is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to work as part of a small team on a three-year DOE funded project investigating function of genes encoding conserved unannotated proteins in the model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, with some follow up work to be done using the model plants Arabidopsis thaliana and Setaria viridis. Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant discipline and have experience in one or more of the following areas: high throughput genomics and phenotyping, bioinformatics, vector design and assembly, genome editing, Chlamydomonas molecular genetics, plant cell biology and fluorescence microscopy. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and highly organized with excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced research environment.

The Danforth Center offers competitive pay and a generous benefits package.

Applicants for the Umen laboratory position should apply through the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Career portal via this link:

Zhang laboratory

The Zhang laboratory ( at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC, St. Louis, Missouri, USA) studies how photosynthetic organisms respond to high temperatures by using both green algae and land plants as models. We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral researcher to participate in a three-year DOE-funded project to investigate the function of some highly conserved but unannotated green lineage proteins by using mostly the model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii with some follow-up work using the dicot and monocot model plants Arabidopsis thaliana and Setaria viridis. The candidate is required to have a PhD in plant biology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or related field. The ideal candidate should have great passion for plant science, strong background in molecular biology and genetics. Candidates who have experience with algal/plant biology or stress responses are especially encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate should be self-motivated and creative, have excellent organization and communication skills as well as outstanding problem-solving and collaborative capability. The position is available in October 2019.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The collaborative research environment at the Danforth Center offers an excellent opportunity for career development. The Danforth Center offers a complete benefits package and competitive salary. The St. Louis region provides wonderful environment to work and live.

Applicants for the Zhang laboratory position should apply through the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Career portal via this link: