I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in a biotechnology research centre. I'm starting my last year, so I have started to take a look around in the job market.
I'll have few options for my job applications. My top choice is a biotechnology startup company which works in my field. It was founded in 2015, with several millions of dollars of venture capital, and it's the top leader in the world in its field. They work both on consultancy and on discovering new science, publishing top papers in top scientific journals.
They have two open positions for which I can been a fit: junior scientist and senior scientist. The only additional requirement for the senior scientist candidates is to have experience in supervising projects by students. I have supervised two students in my career, which might not be enough to be considered for the senior position.
My point is: I would like to let them know that I'm applying for a senior scientist position, but I would be happy to be considered also a junior scientist position, or any researcher position they can provide, in case they don't think I can run for a senior scientist position.
However, there is the risk that this statement of mine could seem like I think I'm not skilled enough for the senior scientist position, or that I want to apply for "whatever" position, which can seem unprofessional.
How can I communicate my intentions clearly without damaging my application?
EDIT: Thanks for all the replies, very useful. The application is on the Lever.co website, and they also ask to include a cover letter (as usual). Perhaps I should mention something in the cover letter?