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Title: Postdoc FHS Macau

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the University of Macau is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to perform structural studies on key cell-cycle protein complexes.

The position will be part of the laboratory of William Chao, who focuses on using structural biology and recombinant systems to investigate crucial cell-cycle mechanisms. The laboratory has extensive experience in determining multi-subunit protein complexes and nurtures a collaborative spirit in pursuing important biological questions.

The appointee will be given the opportunity to master state-of-the-art techniques in protein complex reconstitution and structure determination as well as performing experiments at domestic and overseas collaborators’ laboratories.

For further information, please contact William at williamchao@umac.mo and/or visit

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in relevant areas of structural biology or biological sciences.

What is the FHS?
The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Macau is a leading research and education institution in biomedical sciences. The Faculty aims to tackle the fast-evolving global health challenges through cutting-edge research and by nurturing new talent in biomedical sciences. For further information, please visit

What is Macau?
With over 300 years of Portuguese influence, Macau is a glittering international city in the southern coast of China (1hr from Hong Kong). It is an ideal destination for those who wish to explore the Far East while enjoy the Mediterranean European culture. For further information, please visit

[Post Date: September 22, 2017]

Title: Postdoc EMBL Heidelberg

Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Postdoctoral Fellow
Contract Duration: 2 years
Grading: N/A
Closing Date: 29 October 2017
Reference Number: HD_01179

Job Description
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), Rome (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain).

EMBL Heidelberg is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the group of Janosch Hennig at the Structural and Computational Biology Unit. The candidate will work collaboratively with other members of the group on a challenging project, involving several members of the TRIM protein family and their involvement in development and disease. We try to understand the connection between ubiquitylation and RNA binding mechanisms by using integrated structural biology methods with a focus on NMR, but combining it with X-ray and small-angle scattering (X-ray and neutron). Structural data will be combined with proteomics and RNA-seq data to identify binding partners, which further enables structural characterization of complexes to ultimately obtain theories about their function in health and disease. The successful candidate is expected to take a strong lead on his/her project and start to develop independent ideas.

Qualifications and Experience
Experience with structural biology methods is required. Experience with NMR and/or X-ray crystallography/small-angle scattering is beneficial as well as lab and theoretical experience with proteinRNA interactions and general molecular biology methods. The candidate should have a good background in computational structural biology tools (e.g. CCPN/4 etc.) and should have an interest in applied structural biology and biology in general. Applicants lacking the above but have qualifications and expertise in RNA biology, biochemistry, proteomics and related are also encouraged to apply. Experience in programming is not required but beneficial. The position requires the ability to work collaboratively as this project is a group effort. Thus, good teamwork and communications skills are expected as well as high motivation.

Application Instructions
Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs Additional Information EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprise a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

[Post Date: September 22, 2017]

Title: Postdoc The Scripps Research Institute

Professor Izard at TSRI Jupiter has Postdoctoral Research Associate position(s) available.

Please see attached or http://hr.scripps.edu/jobs/postdoc_positions/iscb for further details, and address enquires to Prof. Izard c/o cmorrow@scripps.edu

[Post Date: September 20, 2017]

Title: Research Associate Structural Biology SLAC

Research Associate Position in Structural Biology at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The position is available immediately in the Biosciences Division at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and is initially limited to 2 years, with a possible extension to up to 5 years.

Our research focuses on methodological developments in bioimaging and high resolution reconstructions of important membrane proteins using electron and X-ray sources. The projects will involve the development of novel tags for cryoET, apply diffractive imaging techniques to electron microscopy and single particle cryoEM of membrane proteins. We are working in close collaboration with the groups of Soichi Wakatsuki, Wah Chiu and other experts at SLAC and the Stanford School of Medicine. External collaborations include the group of Vadim Cherezov (USC) on the structural biology of membrane proteins, as well as Peter Zwart (LBL) for computational developments.

The project is funded through SLAC’s “Panofsky Fellowship” (https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/news/2017-08-02-franklin-fuller-and-cornelius-gati-named-2017-panofsky-fellows-slac.aspx). SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science laboratory operated by Stanford University and has a unique set of large-scale facilities including:

- Electron microscopy (3x 300 kV Titan Krios with VPP, K2/Falcon 3 detectors, GIF Quantum energy filter, and 1x 200 kV Talos Arctica)
- Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), X-ray Free-Electron Laser
- Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL)
- Ultrafast electron diffraction (UED)
- High performance computing

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. degree with a solid background in structural biology and biophysics/biochemistry. Previous work with membrane proteins is a plus, but not required. A successful candidate is expected to be highly skilled and self-motivated and is willing to work in a collaborative environment. The Research Associate salary depends on qualifications and relevant experiences according to SLAC standards.

The application is managed through academicjobsonline.org:


and requires the submission of a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, research statement, publication list and two reference letters.

Please contact Cornelius Gati at cgati@stanford.edu for any further questions. The deadline for the application is October 31 2017.

[Post Date: September 18, 2017]

Title: Postdoc University of Montreal

Postdoctoral Research Position in Structural Biology at University of Montreal

A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. John Pascal at the University of Montreal. Current research projects focus on the structural biology, biochemistry, and cell biology of proteins involved in genome maintenance, and members of the poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) family of proteins. Examples of our research approach can be found in recent publications (Eisemann et al. Structure 2016; Steffen et al. Nucleic Acids Research 2016; Dawicki-McKenna et al. Molecular Cell 2015; Langelier et al. Science 2012).

The position requires a PhD in structural biology, biochemistry, or biophysics. Expertise in the following areas is valuable to ongoing projects: molecular biology and protein purification, biochemical and biophysical analysis of proteins and nucleic acids, and structure determination by x-ray crystallography, small-angle x-ray scattering, NMR, or cryo-EM. The laboratory is located in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (https://biochimie.umontreal.ca/en/).

To inquire about the position, please send a brief letter of interest, a CV, and the names of three references to john.pascal@umontreal.ca.

Department webpage:

[Post Date: September 18, 2017]

Title: Postdoc University of Oklahoma

Postdoctoral Position in Structure-Function Studies of Toxin-Antitoxin Systems at the University of Oklahoma, Norman OK

The Bourne lab at the University of Oklahoma seeks to recruit a postdoctoral scientist with experience in Biochemistry and/or Macromolecular Crystallography and interests in bacterial physiology and/or microbial genetics. The lab works on bacterial toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems and their physiological significance with a goal of identifying new antibacterial targets. Current projects include probing the structure and function of diverse TA sequences, and developing screening methodology for understanding the roles of TA systems within bacterial physiology. For more information see the lab website at http://bournelab.oucreate.com/.

We are seeking highly motivated postdoctoral scientists that adapt quickly and are results-oriented to be part of our growing team. These individuals should be efficient at multi-tasking, able to manage details of their own work and of students in their training, able to communicate openly and confidently, to be persistent in their research, and to trouble-shoot problems as they arise. The successful candidates should have experience in cloning, and protein expression and purification; additional experience in protein crystallization and structure determination, biophysical biochemistry, and/or the analysis of protein interactions will be an asset. The successful applicants must have a strong work ethic and are expected to be productive members of the research team.

The initial appointment will be for one year subject to satisfactory performance and available funding. Applications or inquiries should be sent to Dr. Christina Bourne by email at cbourne (at) ou (dot) edu. Applicants should send a single PDF document containing: (1) a CV, highlighting your contributions to research activities, and (2) the contact details for three professional references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer, and applications from under-represented groups are encouraged.

[Post Date: September 14, 2017]

Title: Postdoc Queen Mary University of London

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Ben Stieglitz at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. The position will focus on the characterisation of the molecular mechanism by which bacterial E3 ligases subvert the eukaryotic ubiquitylation machinery. This is a BBSRC funded full-time position, available for a period of 3 years. The start date is 1st October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The starting salary is £32,956 per annum and is inclusive of London allowance.

More information about the position can be found here:


[Post Date: September 13, 2017]

Title: Postdoc UCSD

A postdoc position, supported by NIH funding, is available in the lab of Dong Wang at University of California, San Diego. Our research focuses on the interplay between two fundamental processes: transcription and DNA repair. Current research projects focus on the X-ray and CryoEM structural elucidation and functional/biochemical study of macromolecular protein-nucleic acid complexes involved in transcription, chromatin remodeling, and DNA repair.

Please visit http://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/labs/wang/publications/ for details of our recent research and publications.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with experiences in biochemistry, and molecular biology, X-ray crystallography, or CryoEM. Candidates must have at least one original first author publication in the related field. We sincerely invite you join our small, but vibrant and highly productive team. Please send your CV, list of publications, and the names and Email addresses of 2-3 references to dongwang@ucsd.edu before Oct 15, 2017.

[Post Date: September 13, 2017]

Title: POstdoc Structure-Based Design

Post doctoral position in structure-based design of riboswitch ligands (Norway)

Looking for somebody with experience in at least two of the following topics:

• Structure-based ligand design
• X-ray crystallography of macromolecules
• SPR or BLI
• In vitro transcription of RNA
• Fragment screening

Here is the link to the full add:


[Post Date: September 11, 2017]

Title: Postdoc Nanyang Technological University

A Research Fellow position (postdoctoral) as a medicinal chemist is available at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), in the new interdisciplinary project “Targeting oxidative phosphorylation for the rational development of sterilizing drug combination for drug-resistant tuberculosis” funded by the National Research Foundation. The project is based at NTU encompassing the School of Biological Sciences, the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry and the School of Medicine and involving both A*-Star and NUS (National University Singapore).

Your role will be interdisciplinary. You will develop computational models of key enzymes of mycobacterium using structural data from colleagues in Biology and use these models to, firstly, identify drug targets and, secondly, identify lead inhibitor structures. You will be involved in the synthesis and biological assay work of the compounds, as well as the design, synthesis and testing of further analogues. You will provide leadership and mentoring to students working on the project

Skills, Experience and Qualifications
You must have several years of experience as a Research Fellow in medicinal chemistry including structure-based drug design, pharmacophore modelling and organic synthesis. You will have skills in communication and leadership.

The position is available for November 1st, 2017.

Informal inquiries may be made to Associate Professor Rod Bates (Email: roderick@ntu.edu.sg; Phone: (65) 6316 8907).

[Post Date: September 07, 2017]

Title: Postdoc University of Texas McGovern Med School

A NIH-funded postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Center for Membrane Biology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston (https://med.uth.edu/bmb/research-centers/center-for-membrane-biology/). In collaboration with the group of Dr. John Spudich, the fellow will work in the lab of Dr. Lei Zheng to study the structure of channelrhodopsin proteins using X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM approaches. Channelrhodopsin proteins have become extremely powerful tools in optogenetic studies. The candidate will have an opportunity to work with new channelrhodopsin proteins recently identified in Dr. Spudich’s lab to study the molecular mechanisms of their novel ion conductivity and light-induced channel gating. See below link for project info: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26113638 . The lab is located in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical campus in the world, with great resources and environment for biomedical research. Houston is the 4th populous city in the United States and is highly international and dynamic.

The candidate
Qualified candidates should have a recent Ph.D. degree and a solid and documented background in structural biology, biochemistry and/or biophysics. Experience with membrane protein is a big advantage. A successful candidate is expected to be highly skilled and self-motivated and is willing to work in a collaborative environment.

Interested candidates should send a CV, one page research experience summary and contact information for three references to lei.zheng@uth.tmc.edu. Salary will compensate based on NIH standard and candidate’s experience. Starting date is negotiable.

[Post Date: September 06, 2017]

Title: Postdoc Johns Hopkins University

Two postdoctoral positions are available at the Gabelli lab at the Johns Hopkins University – School of Medicine.

Our lab investigates medically relevant protein complexes using biochemical and structural approaches with a proven record on understanding and exploiting the molecular causes of human disease in cancer, immune regulation and cardiovascular disease resulting from disruptions in phosphorylation, ubiquitylation, adp-ribosylation and other signaling networks. The postdoctoral positions are available for structural biology of the complexes that these proteins make with substrates, adaptors, regulatory subunits etc and offers an opportunity to gain experience in drug discovery in an academic setting. The lab has state of the art facilities for biochemistry, X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM and a wide range of other biophysical approaches as well as access to NSLS-II and APS.

The positions are available for fall 2017. Candidates should have (or will soon be awarded) a PhD degree. We seek highly motivated individuals proficient in protein expression in insect/mammalian cells and experience in studying protein-protein interactions willing to work in a multidisciplinary team.

Interested individuals should submit a CV, a cover letter, and names of at least two references to gabelli@jhmi.edu

[Post Date: September 03, 2017]

Title: Research Associate/Assistant Professor

Research Associate/Assistant Professor positions are immediately available in Prof. Ian Wilson’s Lab of Antibody Structure at Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS), ShanghaiTech University (http://siais.shanghaitech.edu.cn/eng/research7.asp). SIAIS is an innovative research institute dedicated to the fundamental problems in life science, particularly in the field of immunology.

The Lab of Antibody Structure utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to study the structures and functional mechanisms of key molecules/complexes in innate and adaptive immunity, with a long-term goal of understanding and modulating the functions of important immune receptors and effectors for the prevention and treatment of various immune disorders, microbial infections or cancers.

We are now seeking self-motivated talents to join us. Candidates for Research Associate/Assistant Professor positions should:
--- hold a Ph.D. degree in biophysics, biochemistry, computational biology or immunology
--- have a strong research background in structural or computational biology
--- have a publication record commensurate with experience
--- manifest good problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills
--- familiarity with single particle electron microscopy of macromolecular complexes would be a plus
--- experience in membrane protein crystallography would also be a plus, as well as familiarity with small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS)

Besides taking responsibilities for his/her own and collaborative projects, the candidates are also expected to help training and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The candidates will benefit from the world-class academic environment as well as easy access to SSRF beam lines for macromolecules and SAXS, and state-of-the-art cryo-EM instruments (Titan Krios/K2 to be installed at ShanghaiTech University).

If interested, please send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with publication list and three references to siais@shanghaitech.edu.cn (cc: wilson@scripps.edu and yangbei@shanghaitech.edu.cn). Title and Salary will be commensurate with experience. The positions remain open until filled.

[Post Date: September 01, 2017]

Title: Postdoc Positions Brookhaven National Laboratory

There are two available positions at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Successful candidates will develop interdisciplinary skills in membrane protein structural biology, DNA nanotechnology, X-ray diffraction and scattering, cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography. They have the opportunity to work synergistically to harness X-rays and electrons for structural and functional investigation of biological problems in time and space.



[Post Date: August 31, 2017]

Title: Assistant Professor FSU

I am writing to draw your attention to a new Assistant Professor faculty position at FSU. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of biochemistry, broadly defined. We are especially interested in candidates specializing in cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) such as cryo-correlative light and electron microscopy or cryo-EM of membrane proteins. With well-established expertise in cryo-electron tomography and high-resolution single particle EM, FSU is a vibrant community for structural biologists. We are equipped with three cryo-capable microscopes including an FEI Titan Krios equipped with a DE64 direct detector. Appointees will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally supported research program and to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Applicants should upload application materials, including a cover letter, CV, brief statement of proposed research, and statement of teaching philosophy at www.chem.fsu.edu/biochem/recruit for consideration. Candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by email to biochemsearch@chem.fsu.edu for completion of their file. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. FSU is An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer; minority candidates and women are encouraged to apply. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf

[Post Date: August 29, 2017]

Title: Postdoc Hebrew University of Jerusalem

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to investigate novel regulation mechanisms of ubiquitinating enzymes. Our lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem combines cutting-edge structural biology, biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology techniques to study the molecular mechanism of protein ubiquitination and ubiquitin-like modification. Applicants should possess a strong background in molecular biology and biochemistry with emphasis on protein purification. Experience in X-ray crystallography is advantageous but not mandatory. Prospective applicants are invited to send CV and contact information of three referees to Dr. Reuven Wiener at reuvenw@ekmd.huji.ac.il .

[Post Date: August 28, 2017]

Title: Staff Scientist Indiana Univ School of Medicine

Staff Scientist (Research Associate) available at Takagi laboratory
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine

I am a principle investigator (PI) looking for a staff scientist with “golden hands” to execute series of experiments related to our ongoing projects, some of which are in late stages of completion. I love working with fast-learning, results-driven scientists, who relish doing experiments. In addition, this staff scientist position will involve managing our DNA constructs database, as well as organizing our electronic experimental record files. Consequently, excellent organizational and record-keeping skills are essential.

Who We Are:
My lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms of assembly, structure and function of large multi-protein complexes -“molecular machines” - involved in eukaryotic gene regulation. We are particularly interested in the Mediator complex in both yeast and humans.

We believe that development and implementation of novel technologies is the key to unlocking the mysteries of how highly complex molecular machines (e.g. Mediator) function. Therefore, our overall research goal is two-fold: (i) development of novel technologies for studying multi-protein complexes, and (ii) application of these technologies to elucidate the structure and function of the Mediator complex. In addition, we have developed a novel technology for producing pure preparations of difficult-to-express proteins and protein complexes, which has enabled several exciting ongoing projects with outstanding collaborators working on: plant RNA polymerases, DNA helicases, DNA repair complexes, RNA editing complex, and insulator complex.

Our lab is dedicated to pushing forward the field of complex protein-engineering and structural biology, as we see this as fundamental to both a deeper understanding of biology and to future drug development for a range of diseases. We are looking for a highly motivated scientist who is inspired by the research projects underway in our lab, to perform key experiments to move these projects forward.

Who Should Apply:
This position could be a great fit for you if:
• you are "brilliant at the bench" – you love doing experiments and have very good hands at the bench
• you are an organizational genius – it is critical because we deal with highly complex problems and techniques which require attention to detail and careful record-keeping and organization
• you love the challenge of working on highly complex and technically challenging molecular biology, protein biochemistry, and structural biology research problems
• you are inspired by the idea of working to move the exciting fields of complex protein-engineering and structural biology forward
• you are self-confident and can communicate with the PI, other lab members, and collaborators with ease, and enjoy discussing research results and how to overcome technical challenges

Who should NOT apply:
This position is NOT a good fit for you if:
• you don't enjoy communicating about the work you are doing, both verbally and in writing
• the specific research focus of our laboratory does not inspire your passion
• you don't like multi-tasking, and prefer to work only on a single project at a time
• you like to have frequent, daily input for motivation and guidance
• you find working on technically challenging problems, which often requires an extended persistent effort to crack, to be frustrating
• you don't like focusing on fine details

Job Description, Qualification, and Expectations:
Primary activities in this position include, but are not limited to:

–Molecular biology for generation of recombinant baculoviruses
–Expression and purification of the protein complexes for biochemical and structural studies (cyo-EM, crystallization)
–Biochemical assays to characterize the recombinant protein complexes.
– Contributing to technology development primarily focused on generation of our unique baculovirus expression vector system.
– Maintaining updated electronic notebooks and relevant databases.
– Working independently after initial training with minimum supervision
– Contributing to grant and manuscript writing, and presenting at scientific conferences.

Bachelor’s degree, or Master’s degree or Ph.D. in biochemistry, chemistry, biology, structural biology (X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM) or related scientific field required. For those with Bachelor’s degree only, active lab bench experience on a research project for at least one year is absolutely required.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Basic skills for molecular biology and biochemistry, particularly knowledge and skills related to protein expression. For PhD, skills for X-ray crystallography or/and cryo-EM will be a huge plus.

If interested, please email a cover letter, CV, and two reference letters to ytakagi@iu.edu

[Post Date: August 25, 2017]
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