Postdoctoral Research Associate in Structural Biology, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- University of Montana
- Location: Missoula, MT
- Job Number: 7066915
- Posting Date: Jun 15, 2020
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionA postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Klára Briknarová at the University of Montana, Missoula. The Postdoctoral associate will study the structure of fibronectin and the mechanism of fibronectin fibril formation. This involves preparing proteins and characterizing their interactions and structure using biochemical and biophysical methods. As such, the person in this position needs to be capable of performing highly complex tasks, working independently and collaboratively in designing and implementing strategies to achieve the research goals, analyzing data and publishing the results.
UM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.
Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Letter of Appointment, and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package(i.e., MUS health insurance benefits, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program).
Salary for this position is $45,000 - $53,000, commensurable with experience.
Required Education and Skills
PhD. in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or a related field.
Working knowledge of standard methods in molecular biology, protein expression and protein purification.
Experience with and interest in protein characterization and structural biology.
Proven record and ability to carry out innovative and insightful research.
Strong quantitative skills.
Ability to design and implement strategies to achieve research goals.
Ability to analyze complex data and report results.
Ability to learn new skills and apply them to the research project as needed.
Ability and willingness to communicate with the PI and others in the laboratory, to collaborate on a research project, to supervise and mentor student researchers and technicians, and to maintain a safe and clean laboratory environment.
A positive and constructive attitude, ability to interact patiently and respectfully with coworkers, learn from constructive criticism, and provide guidance to others as needed.
Experience with macromolecular X-ray crystallography.
Experience with cryo-electron microscopy, single molecule fluorescence, and/or cross-linking mass spectrometry.
Experience with mammalian cell culture.
About the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UM, and Missoula
The mission of Briknarova's laboratory is research and training in the area of protein biochemistry and structural biology. To learn more visit: http://bit.ly/DrBriknarova. The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers undergraduate and graduate students research opportunities in the areas of chemical education as well as organic, inorganic, environmental, physical, biological, analytical and medicinal chemistry. Our goal is to stimulate applied and basic research in chemistry, provide an experienced technical work force to address contemporary chemical problems, and to increase job opportunities for chemists within the state of Montana.
The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.