Cornell University, Molecular Biology & Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-MBG-POSTDOC_KELLOGG [#18696, WDR-00026078]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Molecular Biology
Biology / Genetics
Appl Deadline:2022/01/14 11:59PMhelp popup* (posted 2021/05/25)
Position Description:    

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College of Arts and Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate
STARTING DATE: August 1, 2021
LOCATION: Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850
SUMMARY: This postdoctoral position involves primary research and related professional activities associated with the Kellogg lab primary research goals to study genome structure and organization using cryo-EM.
BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY: This postdoctoral associate will contribute to expanding research interests in the Kellogg lab to understand and design new transposases based on naturally existing structures. He/She will be responsible for purifying protein for cryo-EM sample preparation and imaging, processing the data and interpreting cryo-EM structures. They will also be asked to create figures for publications and present at meetings.
The role of the Postdoctoral Associate is 100% research. The job is to engage in innovative research related to studying the mechanism of DNA-binding proteins and to translate this insight into novel DNA-editing tools.  This will be broken down roughly as follows.
Purifying protein samples for cryo-EM imaging (~25%) Carry out cloning and large-scale protein expression and purification for cryo-EM imaging
Cryo-EM imaging and image-analysis (~25%) Prepare cryo-samples for imaging. He/She may be asked to help build up specialized lab infrastructure to create a cryo-sample preparation pipeline. He/She will be asked to coordinate sample preparation (via freezing), cryo-EM imaging and data collection, and data-processing.
Data analysis (~25%) He/She will be asked to interpret the cryo-EM density maps to develop structure-based insights, develop mechanistic hypotheses and test this using biochemistry, and/or to do basic bioinformatic analysis to confirm models.  He/She may also be asked to perform computational protein design (using Rosetta) to re-engineer these systems, and use high throughput assays to confirm design function.
Publishing research products and presenting (20%) He/She will be asked to prepare publication quality figures and to assist with preparing manuscripts for publication. In addition, he/she will be given opportunities to present his/her research findings at conferences.
Student mentoring (~5%) Mentor undergraduate and graduate students involved in laboratory research related to the project.
This is a one year term position, renewable depending on funding, available work, and performance.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in biochemistry or related field is required.
SALARY: $53,760 as dictated by the NIH stipend levels

Application Procedure: 
Submit online to a Curriculum Vitae, a Research Plan, 2 references, and a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion(1 page). Administrative questions can be addressed by Joan Olson:
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Application Materials Required:
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Molecular Biology & Genetics
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Ithaca, NY 14853

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