15. November 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Protein Chemist/Structural Biologist
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Protein Chemist/Structural Biologist
15. November 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Protein Chemist/Structural Biologist
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Protein Chemist/Structural Biologist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The Biology and Soft Matter Division at ORNL invites applications for a post-doctoral Protein Chemist or Structural Biologist to join its Biology and Biomedical Science group. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research team investigating the development and application of paramagnetic labeling and proton polarization for structure-function analysis of biological complexes involved in cell-signaling, DNA repair and light harvesting systems. These projects will involve multi-task efforts in molecular biology, NMR, dynamic nuclear polarization and protein crystallography. As an ORNL postdoctoral fellow you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for isotopic labeling, biophysical characterization and x-ray diffraction, as well as access to world class facilities for neutron diffraction and scattering. The position represents an excellent opportunity for researchers to develop their careers and interact with leading scientists from around the world.

Description of Institution

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Publish scientific papers on this collaborative research.
  • Present scientific results at appropriate national and international conferences.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
  • Physical requirements for this job include the use of hand and eye protection gear, kneeling, sitting for extended periods of time, extensive work at chemical laboratories, and possible exposure to ionization radiation normally associated with operation of neutron scattering instruments for scientific research.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required
A Ph.D. degree in protein chemistry, biophysics or structural biology is required. The candidates should have a proven track record in molecular biology techniques including cloning, protein expression and purification, and in biophysical characterization using NMR/EPR or X-ray techniques. The candidate should be self-motivated, have excellent interpersonal, communication and presentational skills and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels within a multi-disciplinary team.

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within five years of this application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment physical exam and drug screen which must be administered and cleared before employment can begin.

Qualifications Desired
Additional experience in expression and production of membrane proteins or in covalent modification of proteins with fluorophores or spin labels would be a distinct advantage.

How to Apply

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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Notice: If the position requires a Security Clearance, reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR 707.4 will be conducted by the employer and a background investigation by the Federal government may be required to obtain an access authorization prior to employment and subsequent reinvestigations may be required.

If the position is covered by the Counterintelligence Evaluation Program regulations at 10 CFR 709, a counterintelligence evaluation may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify Employer.

08. December 2014
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