Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Why Work at BNL? Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation's future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.
The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven is a DOE-funded national scientific user facility, offering users a supported research experience with top-caliber scientists and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation. The CFN mission is advancing nanoscience through frontier fundamental research and technique development and is the nexus of a broad collaboration network. Each year, CFN staff members support the research of nearly 600 external facility users.
Three strategic nanoscience themes underlie the CFN scientific facilities: The CFN conducts research on Nanomaterial Synthesis by Assembly, designing precise architectures with targeted functionality by organizing nanoscale components. The CFN researches and applies platforms for state-of-the-art techniques for Accelerated Nanomaterial Discovery, integrating synthesis, advanced characterization, physical modeling, and computer science to iteratively explore a wide range of material parameters. The CFN develops and utilizes advanced capabilities for studies of Nanomaterials in Operando Conditions for characterizing materials and reactions at the atomic scale in real-world environments.
The CFN is seeking an exceptional postdoctoral researcher to design and fabricate via self-assembly and synthesis nanoscale biomolecular architectures for enabling novel functions, including structural response to stimuli, designed chemical activity and biosensing modality. In this role, you will build upon recent advances achieved at the CFN in extending complexity of nano-architectures synthesized through DNA-based self-assembly in order to create nanomaterials with designed biomolecular signatures, specific recognition properties, desired chemical and biological properties. Beyond material fabrication, you will also investigate adjacent optical and chemical properties, and will integrate these new material in novel devices to explore their potential multifunctionality.
Your research will involve preparing and processing of DNA-based nanostructures, their coupling with peptides, enzymes and other biomolecules, their subsequent application to fabricate functional systems for exploration of properties and incorporation into devices; fabrication of bio-active multifunctional surfaces; characterization of the resultant material structure via optical spectroscopy, standard biochemical methods, electron or scanning probe microscopy and X-ray scattering; and detailed characterization of the functional properties of newly created devices. Importantly, you will work independently under a broadly defined research direction, and will collaborate with researchers and users with diverse backgrounds to develop new materials with targeted functionality. To achieve your goals, you will leverage the world-class suite of nanoscience tools available at the CFN and benefit from expertise of CFN staff whom you will work with closely. Ultimately, your research will engender innovative and unique applications of self-assembly creation of novel classes nanobio-materials for sensing and chemically active systems. You will carry out your work on this project under the mentorship of Oleg Gang.
* You will develop strategies for creating DNA-based nanostructures integrated with peptides, enzymes, antibodies and other biomolecules, their integration with electrical, optical and microfluidic devices
* You will characterize biochemical, structural optical, electrical, and other properties of synthesized materials and fabricated devices
* You will perform experiment design of nanoscale biomolecular material and integrated devices and analyze the data to corroborate and support research findings
* You will collaborate with researchers and users with a broad range of interests
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
You are qualified for this position if:
* You have earned a Ph.D. in material science, chemistry, biology, physics, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering or a related discipline within the past five years, or will complete this degree prior to starting the position.
* You possess hands-on experience in synthesizing and characterizing different types of biomolecular systems
* You have performed nanoscale characterization using methods such as TEM, AFM, x-ray scattering, SEM, or advanced optical microscopy
* You communicate effectively by writing scientific papers and verbally by giving clear technical presentations
* You are committed to working safely in the laboratory and fostering an environment of safe-work practices
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
You are well-matched to this position if:
* You collaborative effectively within a team to tackle challenging science problems, while also working independently on your broadly defined research objectives
* You have integrated biomolecular synthesis and assembly methods into functional devices
* You have experience with design of complex biomolecular structures and their assembly, using software tools, and computational packages
* You have experience with nano/micro- technology methods (nanofabrication, microfluidics, micro 3D printing, nanoscale device fabrication)
Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work e nvironment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.
At Brookhaven Lab, we believe comprehensive employee benefits are a meaningful part of employee compensation. Our benefits program includes:
On site swimming pool, weight room tennis courts, and other employee benefits
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About Brookhaven National Laboratory
Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.