The Gehan/Allen labs at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center are seeking a graduating PhD student or postdoc to fill a postdoctoral position focused on examining the consequences of abiotic stress on plant leaves that have been engineered to accumulate high levels of lipid and that may be a potential renewable alternative energy source for biofuels. The incumbent will learn and perform a number of studies focused on phenotyping and physiology at the whole plant and also cellular level.

The researcher would be expected to start around the turn of the year, January 2021.


  • Conduct research experiments to assess abiotic stress response and impact on plant phenotype and cellular metabolism
  • Maintain precise 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
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team, and mentor graduate and/or undergraduate students as appropriate
  • Participate in outreach associated with the project
  • Present research at professional meetings


Training in plant molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology, metabolism and mass spectrometry would be useful but not strictly required for a motivated learner. Interested candidates should provide a resume, cover letter and names of three references online through the link.

To apply please submit a cover letter clearly describing your research interests and career goals, a list of publications, a CV with three or more references and their full contact information.

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.

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. If you need a reasonable accommodation to access the information provided on this web site, please contact Human Resources, at 314-587-1031 for further assistance.


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