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Open Positions                                          

The Zhang laboratory at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St. Louis, Missouri) employs cutting-edge technologies in green algae and land plants to study how photosynthetic organisms respond to environment, especially high temperatures. If you are interested in the positions available in the Zhang lab, please contact Ru Zhang (

  • We welcome undergraduate researchers from universities near Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and national-wide summer undergraduate interns through the Danforth REU program.

  • We welcome postdoctoral researchers in these two research areas: algal heat responses and C4 photosynthesis. Requirements for postdoc candidates: PhD in plant physiology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, or related field, highly motivated and creative, excellent organization and communication (both written and oral) skills, and outstanding problem-solving and collaborative abilities. To apply for, please send a cover letter (stating research experience and career goals), a CV, and the names and contact information for three references to with the subject line "Postdoctoral Researcher - Zhang Lab". 

  • We welcome highly motivated individuals to join as Laboratory Technicians. Requirements for lab technician candidates: recent graduates with a BS in biology or related field, have genuine passion for plant science research, excellent organization and communication skills, strong desire to learn new things, great ability to complete tasks with high quality in a timely manner, outstanding collaborative capability, and interest in working with various equipment for algal cultivation as well as photosynthetic measurements; previous laboratory experience in plant science and some bioinformatic/coding skills are pluses but not prerequisites. Individuals aiming for graduate school in the future are especially encouraged to apply. Several of our former lab technicians went to graduate school after the training in the Zhang lab, including James Eckhardt (UCR), Will McHargue (WUSTL), Cheyenne Anderson (WUSTL), Celine Xia (WUSTL), Cady Bailey (SLU), and Kylee Hillman (UC-Berkeley, 8/2024). All our former lab technicians had at least 1 publication from their work in the Zhang lab. 


Undergrad Institution

# of Co-Author Papers from Zhang Lab

Position on 

author list

Time in

Zhang Lab

Current Position, start date

Will McHargue

James Eckhardt

Cheyenne Anderson

Eric Becker

Celine Xia

Catherine Bailey

Kylee Hillman

University of Missouri

Gustavus Adolphus College

Missouri Baptist University​

University of Missouri

Huazhong Agricultural University

Duke University

Florida State University







2 manuscripts

11/2016 - 8/2020

1/2018 - 7/2018

9/2018 - 8/2021

9/2019 - 9/2020

1/2020 - 3/2022

10/2021 - 08/2023


WUSTL PhD student, 8/2020

UCR PhD student, 8/2018

WUSTL PhD student, 8/2021

Pfizer Associate scientist, 9/2020

WUSTL PhD student, 8/2022

SLU, master student, 8/2023

UC-Berkeley, PhD student, 8/2024

2/13, 3/21, 5/21, 5/9


13/19, 8/21, 1/21

4/21, 13/21

2/5, 11/21, 6/13

13/19, 8/21

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