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POST DATE 9/14/2016
END DATE 11/2/2016

University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Open date: September 12th, 2016
Last review date: September 30th, 2016
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled. Final date: October 31st, 2016
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Title: Postdoctoral Scholar Structural Biology Molecular and Cell Biology

Description: The Davies lab is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral scholar to take the lead in the collection and processing of electron microscopy data relating to the biogenesis of mitochondrial cristae and the thylakoid system of cyanobacteria. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in several collaborative research projects as well as establish novel methods for the of processing of tomographic data. The successful candidate should have experience in protein structure determination, excellent communication skills and a good knowledge of linux command line operations. Experience in electron cryo-microscopy and data collection on a JEOL3100 and Titan Krios is preferable but not essential.

Collect and process single particle and cryo-tomographic data Develop and implement methods for analyzing cryo-tomograms
Establish work flow for cryo-FIB thinning of specimens for electron cryo-tomography. Oversee running and maintenance of Linux workstations
Train lab members and collaborators in image processing and data collection methods Prepare results for publications, presentations, and grant proposals

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (At the time of application): Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited Ph.D or equivalent degree program in structural biology, biophysics, image processing or related fields.

Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):
Demonstration of independent research ability with first author publications in reputable international journals is required.
Experience in protein structure determination, image processing, Matlab and Linux OS and command line operations.
Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience with training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Ph.D or equivalent degree.

Preferred qualifications (By start date):
Experience in cryo-electron microscope techniques, including sample preparation, and data collection using automatic software e.g. SerialEM.
Knowledge of single particle software packages e.g. Relion, EMAN, Spider.

This position reports to Dr. Karen Davies. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for 1 year with the expectation of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The approximate start date of this position will be November 2016.

Salary: $43,692 $51,120 depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.

To Apply:

Interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes, an updated curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for at least 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position and a cover letter. (Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists).

Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Becca Schatz, HR Partner,

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California 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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.


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