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Postdoctoral Postition (Nolan Lab)

The Trevor M. Nolan laboratory is excited to announce an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. Our research focuses on understanding how cells communicate as organs grow, using the Arabidopsis root as a model system.

Our lab aims to dissect the molecular events that govern the transition from cell proliferation to differentiation and how these processes contribute to overall organ development. This involves exploring the dynamic cellular interactions and signal integrations that occur as cells navigate environmental and developmental cues.

The selected candidate will elucidate the spatial and temporal dynamics of cell states within the Arabidopsis root. This includes using cutting-edge technologies such as single-cell and spatial transcriptomics, live imaging, and in vivo CRISPR screens to map gene expression and cellular interactions during root development. For further details of research within the Nolan lab, see

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  • Conduct research that supports the lab's goals of understanding cell state transitions and signal integration in plant development.
  • Develop and implement innovative experimental approaches, including single-cell genomics and spatial transcriptomics.
  • Collaborate with team members and contribute to the creation of a supportive and dynamic research environment that upholds our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts and present findings at national and international conferences.


  • Hold a Ph.D. in a biological science or a related field (by the time the appointment starts).
  • A strong publication record of peer-reviewed research.
  • Experience in genomics, molecular biology, microscopy, and genetic manipulation preferred.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and familiarity with informatics tools such as Unix, R, and Python preferred.

Application Process

Interested candidates should send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact details of three references to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 15th, 2024, and continuing until the position is filled.

Employment Benefits and Equal Opportunity at Caltech

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Hiring Range
$68,000 - $75,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, experience, qualifications, skills, education, specialty, training, and internal equity.

As one of the largest employers in Pasadena, CA, Caltech is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off, parental leave, tuition reimbursement, and more. Learn more about our benefits and who is eligible.

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