The Nusinow lab at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is seeking a full-time Staff Scientist. Responsibilities include:
Direct and execute collaborations to use synthetic biology to develop novel plant phenotypes in Setaria viridis
Generate and sequence DNA constructs for transformation of plants
Use advanced DNA assembly methodology (Golden Gate, Golden Braid, AQUA, Gibson) cloning methods to rapidly generate gene constructs. Use of CRISPR nuclease and recombinase methodology for modifying genomes and gene expression
Extract and analyze nuclei acids from plants for PCR and quantitative PCR methodology
Analyze and quantify changes to monocot plant physiology, including height, flowering time, color, and structural changes
Maintain and analyze plant transformants
Keep databases of materials (Nucleic Acid stocks, bacterial stocks, and plant materials) up-to-date
Keep current on sample preparation techniques and data analysis software and methods by participating at national meetings of the American Society for Plant Biology or related conferences/meetings
Other duties include troubleshooting experiments, routine maintenance, training of junior staff and other employees of the Danforth Center
B.S. or above in Plant Biology, Biochemistry or related field,
Extensive laboratory experience
Excellent organization and communication skills
Proven collaborative and leadership abilities
Ability to train other laboratory personnel
Manage multiple tasks
Contribute substantially to publications and grant proposals
Postdoctoral experience preferred
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Interested individuals should include a CV (including contact information for 2-3 references) and a brief (maximum 1 page) statement of research interests/career with their application.
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.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is proudly an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions at the Danforth Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It is our policy that the Danforth Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin and status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to access the information provided on this web site, please contact Human Resources, at 314-587-1033 for further assistance.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri is a not-for-profit research institute. Scientists at the Center are engaged in research that strives to enhance the nutritional content of plants, increase agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizer, develop new and sustainable biofuels, and generate scientific ideas and technologies that will contribute to the economic growth of the St. Louis region. The Danforth Center currently employs nearly 200 individuals. Of these, two-thirds are scientists / scientific staff and approximately 90 hold PhDs. The Danforth Center has a strong international presence and commitment. Scientists from more than 20 different countries work at the Danforth Center and the Center has developed collaborations with educational and research institutes in Africa, China and India.