Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Researcher

The University of Kansas (KU)

Lawrence, KS, United States

Postdoctoral Researcher

Position Overview
The Higuchi Bioscience Center at the University of Kansas invites qualified candidates to submit applications for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher — Single-Molecule. The selected applicant will work in the laboratory of Prof. Holmstrom where state-of-the-art single-molecule fluorescence techniques are used to study regulatory RNA-protein interactions. This multi-disciplinary research environment utilizes concepts from molecular biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science in order to observe and measure the conformational dimensions and dynamics of individual biomolecules using, for example, Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET). The selected applicant will also help construct a single-molecule microfluidic mixing device that will be used to rapidly adjust the experimental solution conditions, enabling perturbative non-equilibrium studies of these regulatory RNA-protein interactions.

The Holmstrom lab is looking for highly-motivated individuals interested in single-molecule biophysics. The ideal candidate has a PhD in: molecular biology, chemistry, physics or another field closely related to biophysics; and has extensive research experience with: fluorescence techniques, microfabrication, protein/nucleic acid purification, and data analysis. Candidates with a PhD in computer science or related field and knowledge of the associated experimental techniques are also encouraged to apply. Single-molecule research experience is not required, but it is desired. Candidates must have strong interpersonal skills and be proficient in oral as well as written English. They will also have a record of research accomplishments as reflected in peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific conferences.

Job Description
60% Laboratory work: prepare buffers/samples, develop experimental techniques, design experiments, and analyze data

10% Record keeping: keep detailed notes and records pertaining to all research work.

10% Dissemination: find and read scientific literature relative to research topic, generate posters and digital presentations, assist in the preparation and submission of all manuscripts and publications related to research.

10% Maintenance & Safety: help clean, organize, and maintain a safe laboratory environment; know up-to-date laboratory safety protocols and employ them in the course of all work.

10% Other duties: attended and participate in scientific group meetings and departmental seminars, assist in the mentorship and training of students at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Required Qualifications
1. PhD and scientific research experience in molecular biology, chemistry, physics or another field closely related to biophysics

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed six months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Additional Candidate Instructions
A complete application includes an online application, cover letter detailing scientific interests and experiences as well as career goals, a detailed CV with publication record and contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications will begin on 2/18/2019 and continue until position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants
Erik Holmstrom
erik.d.holmstrom@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range
47,476.00 minimum

Application Review Begins
Monday, February 18, 2019

Anticipated Start Date
Monday, April 1, 2019

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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