Cornell University, Molecular Biology & Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-MBG-POSTDOC_KELLOGG [#15484, WDR-00021335]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Molecular Biology
Biology / Genetics
Appl Deadline:2019/12/13help popup finished (2019/11/13, finished 2020/06/02)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Position: Postdoctoral Associate
Starting Date: Jan. 1, 2020
Location: Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biotechnology Bldg., Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853

Position Function
This fully-supported postdoctoral position involves primary research and related activities to study the structure and mechanism of protein-nucleic acid complexes using high-resolution cryo-EM. The postdoctoral associate will carry out structural studies to define high-order associations between previously identified molecular factors that organize DNA and characterize the detailed interactions that drive molecular function. This postdoctoral associate will be responsible for all aspects of the project, from protein expression and purification to cryo-EM structure determination and molecular modeling.

Anticipated Division of Time
The postdoctoral associate will spend most of their time (~90%) doing research (including benchwork and computer work, reading necessary literature for scientific background, analyzing and interpreting data). The postdoctoral associate is expected to conceptualize, initiate, and pursue novel hypotheses with a great deal of intellectual and day-to-day independence, but in consultation/conjunction with the PI. The remaining ~10% of the postdoctoral associate’s time will be spent preparing data for publication or presentation, writing papers, presenting the data at conferences, assisting in reviewing relevant manuscripts, engaging in scientific discussion with the PI, lab members, and others in the department and, if desired, mentoring an undergraduate or graduate student who will assist with the research.

This is a one year position, renewable at least twice depending on funding, available work, and satisfactory performance.

Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, or related field. Experience with eukaryotic expression systems is strongly preferred. Past experience with DNA-binding proteins is also strongly preferred and highly desirable. A strong desire to learn cryo-EM and an interest in structural biology is essential.  A collaborative attitude and strong communication skills are required.

NIH-scale for a starting postdoc with zero years of experience.

The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised directly by the PI (Elizabeth Kellogg).
Supervision will involve daily interactions and weekly formal meetings to discuss progress, results, ideas, etc.

Supervision Exercised
None expected, but if the postdoctoral associate wishes to gain mentorship experience he/she is encouraged to seek out an undergraduate or graduate student mentee – co-mentored with the PI.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. The College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts students and faculty of all races, nationalities, and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator, valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Molecular Biology & Genetics
107 Biotech Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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