Postdoctoral Associate - Bravo Lab

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Full Time
St. Louis, MO 63132+3 locations
Posted 1 day ago
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Job Details
Job Location
St. Louis - Saint Louis, MO

Position Type
Full Time

Education Level
Graduate Degree

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The Bravo laboratory at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has an opening for a highly motivated individual to join a team studying symbiotic associations of plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi as a full-time Postdoctoral Associate. Research in the Bravo lab focuses on integrating genetics, genomics, computational, cell and molecular biology approaches to study the evolution and adaptation of AM symbioses, with the goal of harnessing these mutualistic associations to improve agricultural systems.

The successful applicant will combine molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and microscopy techniques to study the mutually beneficial AM symbiosis. The Postdoctoral Associate will work on a project aimed at characterizing the molecular function of plant genes involved in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in diverse plant species including flowering and non-flowering plants.


  • Design and carry out experiments to test hypotheses related to the molecular function of plant genes involved in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis
  • Conduct experiments in the greenhouse and lab to phenotype mutant plants
  • Use plant transformation & tissue culture techniques to study gene function
  • Write reports as required, communicate findings internally and at professional meetings
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication
  • Work collaboratively as part of a diverse team, and mentor graduate and/or undergraduate students as appropriate
  • Assist in general lab research activities, including plant care and tissue culture maintenance
  • 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
  • Independence in planning and performing routine experiments, data analysis and interpretation of results
  • Effective writing and communication skills, meticulous record keeping
  • Live the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship


  • PhD in Plant biology, Genetics, Genomics, or related discipline


  • 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, 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 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.

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. As a federal contractor, the Danforth Center is required to comply with the 2021 Executive Order mandating full vaccination status of employees by December 8, 2021 unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation due to physical disability or sincerely held religious belief. 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.

Job Type: Full-time

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