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 (rzhang@danforthcenter.org).

  • 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 below. The collaborative research environment at the Danforth Center offers a complete benefits package and competitive salary. The St. Louis region provides a wonderful environment to work and live in. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter (stating research experience and career goals), a CV, and the names and contact information for three references to rzhang@danforthcenter.org with the subject line "Postdoctoral Researcher - Zhang Lab".

 Postdoctoral Researcher to study C4 photosynthesis under high temperatures

  Requirements:

  • to investigate the effects of high temperatures on photosynthesis (carbon fixation and/or electron transport) in C4 plants;

  • experience in spectroscopic measurements of photosynthetic parameters is a plus;

  • PhD in plant physiology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or related field;

  • Strong background in photosynthesis, biochemistry and molecular biology

  • a highly motivated and creative postdoc;

  • excellent organization and communication (both written and oral) skills;

  • outstanding problem-solving and collaborative abilities.

 Postdoctoral Researcher to study algal heat response

  Requirements:

  • to investigate algal heat response and characterize heat-sensitive mutants identified in our screens;

  • experience in algal research and/or bioinformatics is a plus;

  • Strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and genomics;

  • a highly motivated and creative postdoc;

  • excellent organization and communication (both written and oral) skills;

  • outstanding problem-solving and collaborative abilities.