Research Specialist - Sattely Lab

Updated: about 8 hours ago
Location: Stanford, CALIFORNIA
Job Type: FullTime

Research Specialist - Sattely Lab

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems, and work to share scientific discoveries with researchers, students, and science-curious individuals around the world.  Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S.


We currently have an opening for a Research Specialist in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Sattely at Stanford University. Dr. Sattely’s lab wants to understand and manipulate molecular metabolic pathways in plants with an eye toward improving plant resilience and human health.  The team combines techniques from biochemistry, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics to identify drug-like molecules and clarify biosynthetic pathways.  Then the team can modify compounds and tweak pathways, potentially leading to medicines with fewer side effects or molecules that help plants better withstand environmental stress and disease.


This role will be integral to the success of research in the lab and will involve all aspects of plant engineering: assisting with the propagation of plants (including but not limited to Arabidopsis, Nicotiana, & maize), plant cell culture, plant transformation, generating crosses, cultivation of plants in a greenhouse, developing pest management strategies as needed, and basic phenotyping. Expertise in molecular biology and plant genetic engineering using CRISPR/Cas techniques is also desired.  This position will require a driven, creative individual who is willing to tackle novel challenges and continually work towards process improvement. Ideal candidates will be organized, have extensive experience working with plants, and have a strong desire to support the research of the lab.




  • Serve as liaison between the lab and greenhouse
  • Support all aspects of plant cultivation in the lab including management of seed stocks
  • Assist with genetic engineering of various plant species
  • Support research initiatives of lab members, carry out individual research projects, and participate in the development of reports and manuscripts
  • Maintain all plant protocols and train lab personnel, as needed



  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or other related disciplines
  • At least 3-4 years of experience supporting advanced molecular biology research
  • Prior hands-on experience working with non-model plants in a research environment
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), as well as strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Stanford, California, United States
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