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Crystallography Postdoctoral Scholar

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Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division has an opening for a Crystallography Postdoctoral Scholar. A postdoctoral position is immediately available to study the structure and function of macromolecular complexes and enzymes using biochemical, X-ray crystallographic and electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) methods. This position will be part of the Structural Biology group of the Technology Division at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville, California. The biological systems to be studied are:

  • Glycosyl transferases responsible for the synthesis of hemicelluloses in plants

  • Novel glycosyl hydrolases that are able to breakdown cellulosic material for biofuels production

  • Enzymes involved in lignin biosynthesis, degradation and valorization

  • Secondary metabolite and natural product enzymes

The successful candidate will have experience characterizing enzymes using biochemical techniques, and using crystallographic methods. Familiarity with cryo-EM methods would be helpful, but not essential. Robotic hardware for performing crystallization trials and imaging results are available. Crystals will be characterized and data collected using the beamline resources of the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology at the Advanced Light Source. For appropriate systems cryo-EM data will be obtained using in-house microscopes, the Bay Area Center for Cryo-EM, and other national user facilities.


What You Will Do:

  • Biochemical characterization of enzymes using standard techniques.

  • Using robotic hardware to perform screens for crystallization conditions.

  • Optimization of crystallization conditions.

  • Biophysical characterization of protein samples using standard techniques, such as dynamic light scattering.

  • Characterization of crystals using the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology beamlines at the Advanced Light Source.

  • Collection and analysis of diffraction data, model building and structure refinement.

  • Characterization of samples using cryo-EM methods when samples permit.

  • Extensive email and verbal interaction with other researchers.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Use of molecular biology methods to prepare expression constructs

  • Protein expression and purification.

  • Use of small angle X-ray scattering methods to analyze macromolecular complexes in solution.


What is Required:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in a scientific discipline, preferably structural biology, biology, or chemistry.

  • Demonstrated experience of scientific research using biochemistry techniques.

  • Demonstrated experience of scientific research using crystallographic methods.

  • Experience with macromolecular crystallization techniques.

  • Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment are critical.

  • Ability to communicate with a broad range of researchers.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with molecular biology and protein expression methods.

  • Experience with the use of small angle scattering methods.

  • Familiarity with robotic hardware for crystal growth.

  • Familiarity with cryo-EM methods.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes:

  • This is a full time, 2 years, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) — Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA.


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