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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Miriam Goodman

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Goodman, Miriam
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
Tom Clandinin, Sue Rhee
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Molecular & Cellular Phys
Appointment Start Date: 
After November 1, 2021
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Please apply by email to with "NeuroPlant Postdoc Application" in the subject line.

Funded by the Wu Tsai Neuroscience Institute at Stanford, the NeuroPlant team seeks a talented and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher. NeuroPlant uses animal behavior to identify chemicals made by plants and to link these chemical actuators to receptors in the nervous system. A long-term goal of the team is to inform the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disease.
Are you adventurous, independent, committed to reproducible research, and excited by interdisciplinary team science?  NeuroPlant has developed high-throughput quantitative behavioral studies and we now seek postdoctoral researchers to partner with us to invent approaches to link ligands and their receptors using the model nematode Caenorhabitis elegans. This is likely to involve developing CRISPR-based methods for systematic activation (in mammalian cells) and/or inactivation (in nematodes) of membrane protein receptors to link ligands found in our animal-behavior assays to their receptors. Please apply to join our research team, including experts in neuroscience (Clandinin, Goodman), plant genomics and chemistry (Rhee, Satteley), and high-throughput cell-based genetic screens (Bassik) and will be empowered to make original scientific contributions, develop new techniques, and interpret and analyze results. The position requires a motivated and self-directed scientist who enjoys interdisciplinary research, crossing the boundaries of neuroscience, technology development, and plant and cell biology. The NeuroPlant team and its leaders (Goodman, Clandnin, and Rhee) are committed to diversifying the research workforce and the team acts on this committment by providing paid opportunities for undergraduate research interns, among other actions.
 We welcome applications from US citizens, permanent residents, and international scholars.

Required Qualifications: 
  • A Ph.D. degree and a strong background in model organism genetics (arabidopsis, worms, flies, or fish) OR cell-based screening is preferred and applicants with this background seeking to learn neuroscience are especially welcome.
  • Experience with CRISPR, bioinformatics, or molecular tool/technology development is highly desirable.
  • The successful candidate must be technically rigorous, possess strong organizational skills, and enjoy working at the bench and in diverse teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the written and spoken word are desired and a committment to continuous improvement of these professional skills is imperative.
Required Application Materials: 
  • Curriculum vitae or CV
  • Names of three references
  • Brief descriptions of:
    • 1) your PhD research and its significance to your field, and
    • 2) your motivation for postdoctoral research and career goals


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.