The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, one of the St. Louis region’s biggest biotech research institutes, will announce today that it is hiring four new principal investigators, a move that will add 40 to 50 new jobs at the Creve Coeur research facility. The expansion comes as work gets under way on a new $45 million building at Danforth, but is actually separate from that growth, said president Jim Carrington.
Two of the four new principal investigators — who help shape the center’s research agenda, apply for grant funding and manage teams of scientists — will fill open positions, Carrington said. Two will be new positions. They’ll bring the number of research teams at Danforth to 20, Carrington said, and help deepen the center’s expertise in high-demand fields like plant genomics, root growth and microbe interactions.
Carrington said he’s trying to build a team of researchers with a variety of experience levels. “We think of ourselves like a baseball team, seeking two types of talent,” he said. “Young talent that’ll be developed and ultimately has a good chance to succeed, and free agents with a record of achievement.”