NMR Research Specialist

NMR Research Specialist

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Waltham, MA, United States

Job Description


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute currently has an opening for a PhD-level NMR scientist to join Dr. Dorothee Kern’s laboratory as a Research Specialist.   This unique position, in the Department of Biochemistry at Brandeis University (located 10 miles west of Boston MA), is suitable as a partnership with Dr. Kern.  It offers the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of cutting-edge scientists within the Brandeis University community.

Dr. Dorothee Kern uses biophysical analytical techniques to unravel the dynamic personality of enzymes, signaling proteins, and the molecules they affect.  The NMR Research Specialist will be responsible for overseeing NMR spectroscopic activities including training of graduate students and postdocs.  You will also be responsible for implementing and optimizing new pulse programs.   

The laboratory is equipped with Inova Varian 600, 500 and 400 MHz NMR spectrometers, and a Bruker Advance II 800 MHz spectrometer with cryoprobe.  900 MHz spectrometers are available in Boston and at UC Boulder.  Brandeis University provides significant personnel support for hardware management and maintenance that will allow you to focus on advanced scientific studies.

The Research Specialist position provides PhD-level scientists the opportunity to work in a stimulating academic research environment and to continue their scientific development. You will collaborate on exciting ongoing work with lab members and have the opportunity to establish an independent research project.


To apply for this position, click on the link below. Please submit a cover letter, attn: Dr. Dorothee Kern, that includes three references, along with your resume/CV.

Required Skills

  • Partner with PI to help achieve long-term goals for the laboratory by working with lab members and collaborators.
  • Day-to-day interactions with graduate students and post-docs to provide guidance and refine NMR techniques.
  • Develop and provide NMR training to lab personnel as needed.
  • Monitor progress of projects and suggest improvements.
  • Keep up-to-date on advances in the field by reading the literature and attending meetings.
  • Use up-to-date knowledge to evaluate approaches and technologies and make recommendations for improvements to achieve research goals.
  • Work with the PI to review operational needs of NMR activities, and develop and implement intermediate and long-term goals.
  • Conduct experiments tailored to the goals of the lab and the experience of the candidate.

Required Experience

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Physics, Biosphysics or Chemistry with postdoctoral experience preferred.
  • Proven track record in high-resolution biomolecular or solid-state NMR.
  • Highly advanced knowledge in NMR spectroscopy
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to develop innovative processes to achieve goals.
  • Must be a dedicated and independent thinker with strong research and organizational skills.
  • This position will require a driven, creative individual who is willing to tackle novel challenges and continually work towards process improvement.



HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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