Cornell University, Molecular Biology & Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-MBG-POSTDOC [#22875, WDR-00033580]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Biochemistry / Biophysics
Appl Deadline:2022/12/17 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/09/21, finished 2023/06/24)
Position Description:    

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College of Arts and Sciences 
Cornell University 
Ithaca, NY 

POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate 

STARTING DATE: Nov 1st, 2022 

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

SUMMARY: This grant-supported postdoctoral position involves in developing CRISPR-based genome editing.


1. Candidates are expected to have published at least one first-author paper in a reputable journal and hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree before arrival. 

2. Strong background and experiences in single particle cryo-EM (or X-ray crystallography), is capable of carrying out macromolecular structure determination independently. 

3. Strong background and experiences in biochemistry, preferably in nucleic acid biochemistry. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: A NIH-funded postdoc position is available in Ailong Ke’s Lab at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA. The main theme of the lab is to understand the underlying mechanism of RNA-guided processes inside cell. Projects for postdoctoral training typically involve nucleic acid biochemistry, cryo-EM based structure determination, and further functional validation in vivo and in vitro. Please visit our laboratory and departmental web sites for research and publication details (Molecular Cell. 2019 Jun 6;74(5):936-950. Science. 2018 Jul 6;361(6397). Nature. 2017 Oct 5;550(7674):137-141. Cell. 2017 Jun 29;170(1):48-60. Nature. 2016 Feb 25;530(7591):499-503.). 

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with experiences in biochemistry and cryo-EM (or X-ray crystallography). There is routine access to 200 and 300 keV electron microscopes. The trainee will interact on a day-to-day basis with peers in the areas of genome editing and single molecule biophysics. We aim to provide an interdiscipline training environment to efficiently convert high-resolution mechanistic understandings to novel genome editing applications. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates are expected to have published at least one first-author paper in a reputable journal and hold a Ph.D.




APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, research and/or extension statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online at the following link:

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Pay Ranges:

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  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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Molecular Biology & Genetics
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Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853