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Postdoctoral Associate - Allen and Evans Labs
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri
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Date Posted 04/18/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Allen/USDA and Evans labs at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, an independent non-profit plant science research institution located in St. Louis, Missouri, are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to explore central carbon and lipid metabolism in photosynthetic plant and algal systems and green seed tissues using cutting edge mass spectrometry tools. The project will collaborate with other research teams using isotopes to label biomass and emphasize the development of new methods to measure isotope labeling quantitatively with mass spectrometry that can elucidate pathway functions not previously described. Data from labeling experiments will be leveraged for network reconstruction and metabolic flux analyses. Hands-on experience with contemporary mass spectrometric and chromatographic instrumentation and associated software is a pre-requisite. Experience with biochemical and molecular biological techniques is a plus.


  • Plan and conduct experiments to assess seed metabolism

  • Apply background knowledge in biochemistry, metabolism, and mass spectrometry to develop an in depth understanding of metabolic network operation

  • Maintain accurate records of research findings and the analysis of results

  • Write reports as required, communicate findings, and prepare manuscripts for publication

  • Mentor others and work collaboratively in the lab to learn and aid in other projects

The interdisciplinary research environment at the Danforth Center offers an excellent opportunity for career development, and the Center has been recently recognized as a great place to work.

To be considered applicants should send a cover letter, CV and names/contact information for three references.


An ideal candidate will have a PhD in biochemistry or plant biology or related field, experience with stable isotopes and mass spectrometry, and enjoy thinking quantitatively. The opportunity is part of a larger effort, and depending on the background, expertise and interests of the candidate could emphasize one of several different scientific and/or technical themes related to metabolic dynamics and carbon assimilation and partitioning.

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


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.

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