[phenixbb] Postdoc Position - Berkeley

Paul Adams pdadams at lbl.gov
Wed Nov 14 10:22:03 PST 2018

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Postdoctoral Researcher
Job ID: 85784
Division: Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging (Joint BioEnergy Institute)
Date Opened: 11/1/2018

Summary:  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. 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

This position will be part of the Structural Biology group of the Technology Division at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville, California. To learn more about JBEI visit: http://www.jbei.org/

Duties: 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.

Qualifications: a Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology, structural biology, chemistry or a related field. Demonstrated experience of scientific research using biochemistry techniques including enzymatic assays, and crystallographic methods. Experience with macromolecular crystallization techniques. Experience with cloning methods and protein purification methods would be helpful. Strong problem solving skills. Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment are critical.

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.

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. 

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Paul Adams
Division Director, Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
Division Deputy for Biosciences, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
Adjunct Professor, Department of Bioengineering, U.C. Berkeley
Vice President for Technology, the Joint BioEnergy Institute
Laboratory Research Manager, ENIGMA Science Focus Area

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