The Nusinow Lab is currently looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic scientist to work on a multi-investigator project to combine genomics, climatology, and synthetic biology to develop novel phenotypes in Thlaspi arvense, commonly known as pennycress. Pennycress is an emerging biofuel cover crop that can increase farmland output, reduce soil erosion, and decrease waterway pollution. Goals of this project are to align pennycress flowering time and maturity with farmer preference, increase abiotic stress tolerance, and holistically improve above and below ground growth in collaboration with the Topp Lab at the Danforth Center. This exciting and challenging project will combine genomics, gene editing, biochemistry, and high-throughput phenotyping to domesticate and improve this upcoming crop for farmer adoption. Ideal candidates would be interested in applied synthetic biology, plant physiology, and phenotyping. Candidates would possess a Ph.D. in genetics, biochemistry, computational biology, molecular biology or plant physiology.
The international and interdisciplinary research environment at the Danforth Center offers an excellent opportunity for career development. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience, and the Danforth Center provides an excellent benefits package, including medical/dental/vision and 403(b) retirement accounts with matching. The Danforth Center is a highly ranked place to work in the scientific research community, and the St Louis region is a rich environment to work and live.
Candidates with experience or a desire to gain experience in any of the following are encouraged to apply: applied translational biology, automated imaging and analysis, molecular biology, gene editing, and methods in plant physiology. Training in image analysis and/or bioinformatics are likely within the project.
Candidates within 0-4 years of obtaining their Ph.D. should provide as their application package a one-page cover letter that includes a statement of past research experience and future interests, a current CV, and list of at least three references that could be contacted.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri is a not-for-profit research institute. Scientists at the Center are engaged in research that strives to enhance the nutritional content of plants, increase agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizer, develop new and sustainable biofuels, and generate scientific ideas and technologies that will contribute to the economic growth of the St. Louis region. The Danforth Center currently employs nearly 200 individuals. Of these, two-thirds are scientists / scientific staff and approximately 90 hold PhDs. The Danforth Center has a strong international presence and commitment. Scientists from more than 20 different countries work at the Danforth Center and the Center has developed collaborations with educational and research institutes in Africa, China and India.