Cornell University, CALS Molecular Biology and Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-CALS Molecular Biology and Genetics-POSTDOC_CRICKARD [#17611]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Cellular and Molecular Biology / Cellular and Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology / Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
Appl Deadline:2021/07/21 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/11/20, listed until 2021/07/21)
Position Description:    

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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate


LOCATION:    The Crickard Laboratory 
Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics
                                        Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850

SUMMARY:  This position involves primary research and related professional activities associated with understanding how DNA binding enzymes preserve genomic integrity.   

BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY:  Conduct basic biochemical research on DNA motor proteins. Our work seeks to understand the biophysical and biochemical properties of enzymes that operate in DNA repair pathways.  The focus of the laboratory is to specifically understand how homologous recombination proteins prevent the development of human cancers. Research in this position will lead to the publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presentations at scientific meetings. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The role of the Postdoctoral Associate is 100% research. The job is to engage in cutting edge research and the duties will be broken down as follows. 

Conducting biochemical experiments (~45 %) It is expected that the candidate will take leadership on a project in the laboratory related to the process of strand invasion during human homologous recombination (HR). This project will require biochemical purification and characterization of enzymes required for this process. The project will also include using single molecule assays to understand how enzymes within the HR pathway cooperate. Experience with protein expression and purification is required for this position. However, experience with single molecule approaches is not. Additionally, experience with structural biology approaches, and protein purification from insect cells is a plus.

Data analysis (~25%) Data analysis involves analysis of single molecule data, including image processing, statistical analysis of single molecule data, and the organization of figures for publication.  Experience with computer programming language(s) is a plus, but not required for the position. 

Student mentoring (~5%) Mentoring both undergraduates and graduate students in the laboratory. Help the PI in troubleshooting experimental problems encountered by students.

Professional development (~25%) Provide intellectual leadership on laboratory projects. Including the development of novel hypothesis in the area of homologous recombination. Draft and submit manuscripts for publication in top-level peer reviewed scientific journals. Present results at national or international meetings, conferences, and popular seminar series.  Engage in intellectual life within the MBG department, and Cornell University as a whole. The candidate will also be expected to participate in, through presentation and attendance, the recombination, replication, and repair group meetings that are available here at Cornell.

Qualifications:  PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or related field.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Supervision:  Brooks Crickard, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Application Procedure: Submit online to a Curriculum Vitae, a Research Plan, 3 references, and a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (1 page). Administrative questions can be addressed by Joan Olson:

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York State and around the world.

Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. 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. Cornell understands the needs of dual career couples, which it attempts to meet through a Dual Career program and membership in the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which assists dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
526 Campus Rd
107 Biotechnology Bldg
Ithaca, NY 14853

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