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 (email@example.com).
We welcome (rotation) graduate students from the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) at Washington University in St. Louis and the Division of Plant Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Zhang is the adjunct faculty affiliated with both programs. If you are interested in graduate student positions in the Zhang Lab, please apply for graduate school at the website of one of these two programs: Plant and Microbial Biosciences Program, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Washington University in Saint Louis, St. Louis, and the Division of Plant Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Zhang Lab accepts (rotation) graduate students from one of these two programs.
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 high school students who are interested in plant science research through the "Students and Teachers As Research Scientists" (STARS) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Postdoctoral Researcher - Zhang Lab". Zhang lab currently has a postdoc position open, see here.
We welcome highly motivated and responsible 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). All our former lab technicians had at least 1 publication from their work in the Zhang lab.
# of Co-Author Papers from Zhang Lab
Time in Zhang Lab
Current Position, start date
University of Missouri
Gustavus Adolphus College
Missouri Baptist University
University of Missouri
Huazhong Agricultural University
11/2016 - 8/2020
1/2018 - 7/2018
9/2018 - 8/2021
9/2019 - 9/2020
1/2020 - 3/2022
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