Employment Opportunities in the
Giles Plant Lab

Please contact us if you are interested in other potential employment or student placements within the laboratory not currently listed below. The Giles Plant laboratory in the Department of Neurosurgery is part of the vibrant neuroscience community at Stanford University. We welcome students, postdoctoral scholars and established research scientists who have interests in the exciting and rewarding field of spinal cord injury (SCI) research.

We focus on the development of repair strategies for SCI using in vivo rat and mouse injury modeling and in vitro assays, with the eventual aim of translation to the human condition. The repair strategies we investigate include gene therapy, glial and stem cell transplantation, and small molecule/drug therapies. Located in the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building (SIM1) at Stanford University, our fully equipped laboratory includes two confocal microscopes, automated molecular biology equipment and cell sorting equipment, as well as dedicated surgery and behavioral rooms for animal studies.

Our laboratory is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with spinal cord injuries – if you’d like to join us, please contact us for further information.

Current Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral scholar positions are available for highly motivated individuals to join our laboratory. The research projects include the investigation of human and rodent induced pluripotent stem cells and mesenchymal precursor cells as potential cellular therapies for cervical spinal cord injury. Individuals with experience and/or publications in spinal cord injury modeling (mouse or rat) and/or CNS stem cell transplantation will be very highly regarded. Applicants that do not have specific experience in spinal cord injury research, but possess relevant neurotrauma experience, are still encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a PhD in Neuroscience or Stem Cell Biology with expertise in small animal surgery, behavioral modeling, immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy and cell culture. Molecular biology techniques are desirable, but not essential. The applicant will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as they will be required to substantially contribute in obtaining grant funding as well as producing manuscripts for publication. They should also enjoy working independently, as well as part of a team.

The positions also incorporate some administrative duties (eg. ordering stocks/supplies, maintaining equipment, liaising with internal and external clients, supervision and/or teaching of new laboratory members, and ensuring compliance with general university laboratory guidelines).

The Plant laboratory is part of the vibrant neuroscience community at Stanford University, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to foster collaborative relationships both nationally and internationally.

Your application package should contain:

1) Curriculum vitae,

2) Cover letter demonstrating your experience/skills relevant to spinal cord injury research (or relevant translatable skill set) and your specific interests in joining this team, and

3) Contact information (telephone number and email address) of three referees.

Please send your application electronically to Suzette Rodriguez (suzetter@stanford.edu). Stanford University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.