Cornell University, The School of Applied and Engineering Physics

Position ID:Cornell-AEP-POSTDOC [#20813]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate Position: Revealing the structural dynamics of RNA and RNA-protein assemblies using x-ray scattering, single molecule fluorescence and microfluidics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Applied Physics / X-ray Scattering
Biology / Structural Biology
Biophysics / Instrumentation, SAXS, single molecule FRET, microfluidics, RNA Folding, non-coding RNA, viral genome, liquid liquid phase separation
Appl Deadline:2022/03/28 11:59PMhelp popup withdrawn (posted 2021/12/15, listed until 2022/04/15)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Associate Position: Revealing the structural dynamics of RNA and RNA-protein assemblies using x-ray scattering, single molecule fluorescence and microfluidics

The Pollack lab is an interdisciplinary, biophysics research group in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University. We develop and apply state-of-the-art approaches to measure the changing structures of coding and/or non-coding RNA in interactions with other molecules. Our interests include RNA folding, genome packaging in viruses, interactions of non-coding RNA with proteins or systems exhibiting liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS). We seek applicants for a postdoctoral position to continue a highly successful program building and applying microfluidics based instruments to reveal the structural dynamics of these interacting molecules. Systems are probed using solution x-ray scattering or by single molecule fluorescence. A Ph.D. in physics, applied physics, biophysics or a related discipline is required. An interest in and skill with instrumentation is strongly preferred. Some prior knowledge of biological molecules is preferred, but not required. More information can be found on the Pollack lab website:

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School of Applied & Engineering Physics
271 Clark Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY. 14853