Cornell University, The School of Applied and Engineering Physics

Position ID:Cornell-AEP-POSTDOC2 [#21675]
Position Title: Using x-ray scattering to reveal the structural dynamics of biological macromolecules and their complexes
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Biology / Structural Biology
Applied Physics / X-ray Scattering
Biophysics / Instrumentation, liquid liquid phase separation, microfluidics, non-coding RNA, RNA Folding, SAXS, viral genome
Appl Deadline:2022/05/09 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/04/22, finished 2022/08/12)
Position Description:   URMs  

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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 physics and engineering approaches to unravel the structural dynamics of biological macromolecules. We seek applicants for a postdoctoral position to continue a highly successful program building and applying microfluidics based instruments to reveal the dynamics of biological molecules as they interact. Biological systems of interest include highly flexible RNA and/or proteins and their self-assembly into biologically important complexes, including virus-like particles. A Ph.D. in physics, applied physics, biophysics or a related discipline is required. Experience with solution x-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) and experience handling biological molecules is preferred.

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