Harvard University, Department of Physics

Position ID:Harvard-Department of Physics-BIOPHYSICSPD [#17708]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Position in Biophysics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States [map]
Subject Area: Biophysics
Appl Deadline:2021/04/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/12/02, listed until 2021/04/01)
Position Description:    

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We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the Physics Department in the field of biophysics, biochemistry and biology. The successful applicant will work in Prof. Mara Prentiss’ group at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, performing experimental studies of RecA family protein mediated homologous recombination in collaboration with groups in the Biology Department at Northeastern University and the IBPC in Paris.

The collaboration uses a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how double strand breaks are repaired, and how that repair process provides insight into self-assembling systems. The postdoctoral scholar will carry out research related to DNA protein interactions monitored using bulk and single molecule techniques. Candidates should have basic training in molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry techniques, and experience in designing and executing in vitro and in vivo experiments. Candidates with experience performing bacterial culture for protein expression and cloning, protein purification using chromatography systems, protein characterization using SDS-PAGE, UV-Vis., and fluorescence spectroscopy, as well as running in vitro and cellular assays to evaluate the activity of proteins will be preferred in the selection process. The appointment duration is up to three years, with reappointment contingent upon funding and research collaboration.

Applications should be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline at http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/17708 and consist of a letter of application, CV, and a statement of research interest. Applicants should also send a statement of the applicant's previous or proposed efforts to improve diversity in science. Also required are three letters of recommendation from senior scientists who know your work. These scientists should be encouraged to submit their letters through AcademicJobsOnline.

Application review will begin on the 2nd of December and continue until the position is filled. The appointment is contingent upon completion of a Ph.D. The successful candidate could start work as early as February 2021, though the start date is negotiable and subject to change based on the ongoing COVID pandemic. Candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Prentiss to discuss any special circumstances they may be facing in this regard.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Further Info:
Harvard Physics Department
17 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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