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Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

A position is available immediately for a technician in the laboratory of Matthew Evans working on plant development at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology on the Stanford University campus.  The Evans lab studies sexual reproduction in plants. The position is currently funded for one year. Starting salary is expected to be $55,000 per year and comes with full benefits. Any extension beyond 12 months is dependent upon the ability to secure additional funding.  The position includes working in both laboratory and field environments.    


– Strong academic record and Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology or similar.  Completion of an undergraduate course in genetics is a plus. 

–Lab experience (outside of coursework)- may include undergraduate research experience. 

-Willingness to work outside in the field in the summer, including planting, weeding, digging, and collecting samples.

-Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds

– Careful record keeping is a must.

– Good judgment and common sense as well as critical thinking and attention to detail are required. Must possess excellent analytical, and written/verbal communication skills and be able to work as part of a team.  


– Maintaining genetic stocks and stock records including harvesting corn, tagging and cataloging seed stocks, and record keeping.

– Managing the field site for the summer crop, including maintenance of irrigation, weed removal, planting, and interacting with other workers.  

– Keeping track of lab orders and lab organization. Assisting and interacting with lab members on specific projects.

– Genotyping and analysis of plants using modern molecular biology techniques including; isolation of DNA and RNA, PCR, and next generation sequencing

Please include contact information, a resume, college transcript, work experience, and the names of 3 references.

Send resumes to:

Matthew Evans

Carnegie Institution of Washington

Department of Plant Biology

260 Panama St.

Stanford, CA 94305


Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals – men and women – with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the west and east Coasts and at the Las Camapanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology and Department of Global Ecology have state-of-the-art facilities for molecular genetic studies of plants and computer resources. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology and Global Ecology, visit and

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

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Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. They seek answers to questions about the structure of the universe, the formation of our solar system and other planetary systems, the behavior and transformation of matter when subjected to extreme conditions, the origin of life, the function of genes, and the development of organisms from single-celled egg to adult.

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