Cornell University, LASSP/Physics

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Position ID:Cornell-LASSP-RETDOC [#20849]
Position Title: Biomolecular Structure & Function Postdoc
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Biophysics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Applied Physics, Enzymology, X-ray Scattering, Mechanical Engineering, Biotechnology, Crystallography, Structural Biology, Soft Condensed Matter Physics, Hard Condensed Matter Physics
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2021/12/20)
Position Description:    

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine and booster or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing full vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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Postdoctoral Associate Positions

Technology Development for X-ray and Electron-Based Studies of Biomolecular Structure and Function

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY, USA

Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in development and application of instrumentation and methods for time-resolved crystallography, time-resolved cryo-EM, serial crystallography, and small-angle X-ray scattering of biomolecular systems. This project is under the supervision of Physics Prof. Robert Thorne (who is the founder of MiTeGen, LLC).  Examples of the kind of work involved are described in IUCrJ 8, 784-792 (2021), IUCrJ 8, 867-877 (2021), Acta Cryst. D 7, 628-644 (2021), and Biophys. J. 104, 227-236 (2013). Candidates should be comfortable designing, building, and troubleshooting experimental apparatus, and preferably should have some experience in synchrotron-based X-ray science or in electron microscopy.  Candidates will gain exposure to a variety of cutting-edge methods for biostructural science and to the fundamental physical ideas underlying these methods, providing a strong basis for a variety of subsequent careers.

Applicants may have a Ph.D. in physics, biophysics, applied physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, molecular biology or related fields. Relevant skills include CAD design, microfabrication, machining/3D printing, apparatus construction, interfacing and testing, optical system design and assembly, robotics, and programming for data collection and experimental control. Additional relevant skills that we can provide training in include protein preparation and crystallization, synchrotron-based X-ray data collection, cryo-EM data collection, and biomolecular structural analysis and modeling.

Cornell University has outstanding facilities to support this work, including the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility, the Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source, an electron microscopy facility, and a well-quipped user  machine shop. All these facilities are staffed by professionals who can provide training and support.

The successful candidate(s) will refine and acquire a large experimental skill set, equipping them to tackle challenging problems in biological science/technology and engineering.  

Start dates are flexible and can be as early as February 2022.

Application material should be submitted to Academic Jobs Online. Complete applications will include a brief cover lettera CV, and a detailed summary of research experience and interests. Recommendation letters will be requested after application screening. 

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
142 Sciences Drive,
109 Clark Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853