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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
North Chicago, IL 60064
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Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Location: North Chicago, IL, US

Position Summary

An NIH Funded position for studies on studies on the mitochondrial ATP synthase and on Batten disease, a childhood neurodegenerative disease. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience in many facets of protein expression, purification, and crystallization, nanodiscs preparation, yeast fermentation, and more. Experience in biochemistry and molecular biology is essential. The candidate must be willing to learn new skills, interact with others, keep a detailed notebook, and eventually, to work independently. We are goal oriented - reasonable goals are set for each day and week - and thus the hours in each workday or week can vary. The position will be titled Research Associate or Postdoctoral Fellow depending on the education and experience of the selected candidate. The salary is commensurate with experience. There are generous health care, retirement, paid vacation and sick day benefits.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Construct gene constructs using standard Molecular Biology methods.
  • DNA sequence analysis and interpretation.
  • PCR, subcloning, and DNA plasmid preparation.
  • Construction of deletion mutations in yeast genome.
  • Growth of yeast in a 90l fermenter.
  • Protein purification and assay.
  • Preparation of nanodiscs for cryo-EM
  • Set crystal screens and test crystals for X-ray diffraction.
  • Aid in x-ray data collection.
  • Write manuscripts as needed.
  • Learn additional skills as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

Required Education & Experience
  • PhD in Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field.

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Fluent in English.
  • Excellent reading, writing and communication skills.
  • Technical requirements include skills in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Ability to work well within a group setting.
  • Highly independent and self-motivated.
  • Familiar with standard Windows Office software, spreadsheet applications, and graphics applications.
  • Must demonstrate strong leadership experiences.
  • Ability to work and interact well with others of diverse backgrounds.
  • Extreme attention to detail with good notebook keeping.
  • Flexibility in working hours (long days and weekends if needed).
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including ability to set priorities and excellent time management skills.
  • Must be able to achieve a background check clearance

Preferred Qualifications
  • Recent graduate degree in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology

Typical Physical Demands & Working Conditions
  • Selected candidate must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.




Posted: 2020-07-08 Expires: 2020-08-08

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