Graduate position: UMissouri_StLouis.PlantEvoDevo

Are you fascinated by the diversity of plants and their reproductive structures? Is your goal a career in academia, biotechnology, agriculture, or government agencies in the most botanically focused city in the world? The Marchant Lab is opening at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is recruiting PhD students. We are particularly interested in students with a background in plant biology, cellular biology, developmental biology, evolution, bioinformatics, or conservation; however, highly self-motivated students with a passion for botany and science are welcome to get in touch.

Who we are: The Marchant Lab ( is an innovative and collaborative research group at the forefront of both applied and basic plant sciences. We use single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq), comparative genetics/genomics, and digitized herbarium specimens to investigate questions in plant reproductive biology, development, ecology, and evolution using both model and non-model plant systems. We are particularly interested in the biology and evolution of anthers. In the lab you will pursue a primary project plus there are ample opportunities for collaborative projects within the lab and with diverse cooperators.  The lab atmosphere is supportive, inquisitive, and committed to providing each student with the most effective training cognizant with individual goals.

Where we are: We are based in the Biology Department at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL). With its world-class universities (UMSL, Washington University, St. Louis University), research institutions (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Missouri Botanical Garden), and agricultural companies (Bayer, Pivot Bio, Yield Lab), St. Louis has the highest concentration of plant science PhDs in the world and is an ideal setting for anyone interested in plant biology. St. Louis is one of the most livable cities in the US and was recently ranked the top city to start a career in.

If you are interested in joining the lab, email Dr. Marchant
( your CV and a brief statement on your background and research interests.