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Our lab is based in Stanford campus, embedded in the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area, surrounded by astonishing nature with one of the most beautiful cities in the world at its heart.

Our lab has many projects involving plant laboratory work, genome sequencing, field experiments, and bioinformatic analyses at undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc levels.

We strive to recruit the most creative and motivated individuals -- of any nationality, race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or disability -- and help them when necessary to apply for individual funding.

Informal contacts are welcome, just write an email to describing your background and interests. We deeply value diverse thinking, so international researchers of all backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply!

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Nuestro grupo tiene muchos proyectos relacionados con trabajo de laboratorio con plantas, secuenciación genómica, experimentos de campo, y análisis bioinformáticos a niveles de estudiante de grado, postgrado, o potsdoc.

Nuestra máxima es reclutar gente creativa y motivada -- de cualquier nacionalidad, raza, religión, color, sexo, orientación sexual, identidad de género, edad, estado de veterano o dishabilidad -- y cuando es necesario, ayudamos a conseguir financiación y becas individuales.

Contactos informales son bienvenidos, símplemente escríbe un email dirigido a, describiendo tus intereses y experiencia. Lo que más valoramos es gente que piensa diferente, así que aplica! Contactos buscando consejo sobre cómo elegir o tomar decisiones sobre carreras son bienvenidos.

Prospective postdocs

Although we regularly post internally-funded positions, all prospective postdocs are encouraged to apply for independent funding. Below also some common fellowships and their deadlines:

Spreadsheet with some common fellowships:

And a community-maintained list of fellowships and grants for postdocs:

Current ad:

4 Postdoc or Technician Positions in Eco-Evolutionary Genetics, Genome Sequencing, Gene Editing, Field Experiments in Plants

Moi Exposito-Alonso Lab -

Carnegie Institution for Science & Stanford University, California 94305, USA

Annual salary $64,268 (for postdoc level, may vary depending on qualifications)

Up to 5 years (extendable for technician positions)

Publication date: Aug 2020

Earliest starting date: Sep 2020 (flexible)

Closing date: accepting applications until filled


We aim to recruit highly motivated and creative people with strong training in at least one of the following areas: quantitative and population genetics, bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing, gene editing, experimental ecology.

We seek to study the impact of climate change on species and how or whether they will genetically adapt to such changes. Specifically, we aim to experimentally quantify the mode and tempo of genetic adaptation to different climates, find genetic loci involved in past adaptations, and model experimental populations using population genetic theory and computational approaches. A core project of the lab involves next-generation sequencing of experimental populations in ~50 locations around the world (, and the analyses of this sequence data to understand evolutionary processes related to evolutionary rescue. A parallel project involves engineering plants with CRISPR or other tools to study the impact of engineered mutations in similar experimental evolution settings as GrENE-net. The lab is also involved in analysing ecological and genomic data of threatened keystone species (Aspen and Joshua trees) and sustainable bioenergy crop species (Pennycress).

These positions require conducting research independently using large genomic and experimental datasets, participating in collaborative projects, preparing publications, and presenting research in scientific meetings.

Equal opportunity employer

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws. We aim to have a vibrantly diverse lab, which is essential to tackle scientific questions from different creative angles. The main requirement for these positions is that you are passionate about the topics above, so please apply!


Required qualifications for these positions are a doctoral degree in any of the following areas: molecular biology, population genetics, evolutionary biology, ecology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, or statistics; a track record of research productivity and independence, and a willingness to work closely with collaborators and lab members.

Position details

This is a full-time position with a competitive annual salary of $64,638 and benefits. The lab is located at the Carnegie Institution on the Stanford University campus. Carnegie Postdocs have access to Stanford facilities. Stanford campus is a vibrant community embedded in the San Francisco Bay area, with opportunities for extensive social and scientific interactions. The initial position will be for one year with potential renewal of up to five years depending upon performance.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington) is a private endowment U.S.-based non-profit, located on the campus of Stanford University since 1928. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals – men and women – with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the west and east coasts and at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators have made key discoveries in plant biology, including early experiments of local adaptation (Clausen, Keck, Hiesey), the discovery of transposable elements (McClintock), plant ecophysiology at global scales (Berry, Field), the discovery of key photosynthesis and phototropism genes (Grossman, Briggs), or The Arabidopsis Information Resource TAIR (Rhee, Somerville). The Department of Plant Biology ( and Global Ecology ( have state-of-the-art facilities for molecular genetic studies of plants, greenhouses and field sites, and computer resources.

The lab is co-affiliated with the Department of Biology at Stanford University ( and with the center of Computational Evolutionary and Human Genetics ( The ideal candidate would become an active member of this community and would strengthen collaborative connections with grad students, postdocs, and faculty members across campus.


Informal inquiries about this position can be made by emailing Moises (Moi) Exposito-Alonso at To be formally considered, please include: (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) three referees whom I can ask for letters of recommendation; and submit your application at

Prospective graduate students

Prospective graduate students can apply via Stanford's Biosciences PhD programs (see Applications are due late November each year. (If you feel lost on how to start an application, don't worry it is normal! There is a new program at Stanford to guide you:

Applicants are advised to also apply to NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (

Another opportunity is Stanford's Knight-Hennesy scholars (

Happy to be informally contacted to discuss possibilities to rotate/join the lab or just to seek advice!

Prospective undergraduates

Do you want to help us grow hundreds of plant mutants with their own unique (and sometimes never seen) plant forms? Do you want to learn how to crunch genomic, biodiversity, climatic, and satellite databases to learn about biology? Write me an email to chat about potential quarter or summer projects.

In addition, every year the department has a summer internship program. Application link below: