[phenixbb] ​Visiting Research Specialist Position | Polikanov Lab | University of Illinois at Chicago

Yury Polikanov yuryp at uic.edu
Tue Jul 27 10:50:07 PDT 2021

The Polikanov Lab is seeking a Visiting Research Specialist. The
successful candidate will conduct research by using X-ray crystallography
techniques to obtain a structural basis for various functions of the
bacterial ribosome and its inhibition by different small-molecule
inhibitors. The successful candidate should have a strong theoretical
background in standard biochemical, molecular biology, and biophysical
methods, as well as practical skills in the most standard methods currently
used in molecular biology and biochemistry (such as protein expression,
purification, etc.). Knowledge in X-ray crystallography or other structural
techniques is desired but not required. Expert-level knowledge of the
programming languages (such as Python) is highly desirable.

The successful candidate would conduct his own research and assist with the
principal investigator’s research while training other laboratory personnel
in various techniques, experiments, and the appropriate use of research
equipment. He/She would also perform data analysis and manage, document,
and help with the dissemination of research activities for publication and

• Perform research relevant to the assigned projects;
• Isolate and crystallize bacterial ribosomes;
• Purify all additional components necessary for the crystallization
experiments, such as recombinant proteins, tRNAs;
• Collect X-ray diffraction data from the ribosome crystals at the APS
• Perform data analysis; coordinate, analyze, and document results for
• Directly participate in writing papers and grants based on the
experimental data;
• Train undergraduate and graduate students in research methods, use of
equipment, record keeping, and laboratory database entry;
• Attend weekly group meetings and journal clubs.

*Minimum qualifications:*
• Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, or a related
• Master’s degree or higher is preferred;
• Minimum 3 years of laboratory research experience;
• Strong background in biochemistry and molecular biology;
• Practical skills with the most standard methods currently used in
molecular biology, and biochemistry (such as protein expression,
• Experience in structural biology (cryo-EM or X-ray crystallography) is
• Experience in RNA biology is desired.
• The successful candidate should be able to walk into the laboratory and
be able to start working without significant additional training in basic
molecular biology techniques.

*For fullest consideration, interested candidates should submit an
application, including CV, cover letter, and contact information for three
references at https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=149023
<https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=149023> by August 9,
2021. Questions can be directed to Dr. Polikanov at yuryp at uic.edu
<yuryp at uic.edu>. **In the cover letter, describe what your scientific
interests are and how your previous research accomplishments and scientific
interests fit with the scope of the research in the Polikanov research

*The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative
Action employer including Disability/Vets.*

*Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to
approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon
the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and
other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position
being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks
and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.*
*The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to
disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment
and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding
findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information,
visit https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx
<https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx>? portalId=4292&pageId=1411899*

Yury Polikanov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
900 South Ashland Avenue, MBRB 4170
Chicago, IL 60607
Tel: 1-312-413-2408 (Office)
Tel: 1-312-355-0463 (Laboratory)
Fax: 1-312-413-2691
E-mail: yuryp at uic.edu
Web-Page: *http://bios.uic.edu/bios/people/faculty/yury-polikanov
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