Postdoctoral Scholar Employee

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley, CA

Job posting number: #7063208 (Ref:89209)

Posted: January 23, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Postdoctoral Scholar Employee - 89209
Organization: MB-Molecular Biophys & Integ Bio

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division ( has an opening for a Protein Biochemist Postdoctoral Scholar. The successful candidate will work in the Davies/Savage lab to determine the structure/function relationship of membrane proteins involved in CO2 uptake. The primary targets include the CUPS proteins of cyanobacteria and their relatives, but other targets may also be considered. The project involves culturing different photosynthetic organisms under different physiological conditions, molecular cloning, protein purification and protein structure determination by single-particle cryoEM. You will have access to an in house 120kV Jeol1400 screening transmission electron microscopy (TEM), a Jeol3200 TEM, two Krios and an Arctica. A Leica cryoCLEM system is also available as well as several GPU workstations.

What You Will Do:
• Maintain and grow different photosynthetic organisms.
• Design and perform molecular biology, and protein purification experiments.
• Perform protein reconstitution experiments and functional assays.
• Operate and help maintain electron cryo-microscopes.
• Process cryoEM data and generate atomic models.
• Perform literature reviews and help prepare manuscripts and grant applications.
• Prepare and present results to the lab and wider audiences via posters and oral presentations.
• Participate in the training and supervision of less experienced lab members e.g. undergraduates/rotation students.
• Maintain a tidy lab space and abide by EH&S requirements.

What Is Required:
• Ph.D. in Protein Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Protein Structure Determination or a related field.
• Experience in cyanobacteria growth.
• Experience in molecular cloning, protein purification, and protein structure determination.
• Experience in negative stain electron microscopy of isolated proteins.
• Experience in structure determination by single-particle cryoEM.
• Experience in protein reconstitution experiments.
• Experience in protein function assays.
• Experience in model building using programs such as Coot, Phenix, etc.
• Experience with the UNIX command line.
• Experience in directing the work of students/undergraduates.
• Good written and verbal communication skills.
• Experience in presenting work to an international audience.
• Good publication record.
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
• Strong work ethics.

To be considered please provide the following materials in your application:
1) Curriculum Vitae​ or Resume
2) Cover letter

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

• This is a full time, 1 year, 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 4 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
• This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
• Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
• This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
• Work will be primarily performed at University of California, Berkeley - 301 Donner Lab, Berkeley 94720

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

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Job posting number:#7063208 (Ref:89209)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL)
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