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The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington has contributed to many phases of research. Initially recognized for incisive studies of the structure and function of proteins, and the mechanisms of enzyme action, the department branched out into a multitude of other areas. These included: developmental biology of flies, fish, frogs, and mice; molecular mechanisms of aging in yeast and mammals; vertebrate visual and immune responses; chromosome dynamics, cell division, DNA replication and repair; energy transduction during photosynthesis; protein secretion and membrane fusion; translational control and regulated protein degradation; protein structure determination by crystallography and NMR spectroscopy; and protein structure prediction and enzyme design. Our diversity of interests guarantees a rich intellectual and educational environment.
The Department of Biochemistry has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 3.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The position’s major duty is to contribute to internal collaborations with other members of the research group to facilitate macromolecular structure determination by cryo-EM on a wide variety of ongoing, funded projects. There is also the opportunity to collaborate with external groups. The person in this position will also be expected to help trainees develop skills in cryo-EM sample preparation, data acquisition, and image processing. They will also interact extensively with cryo-EM facility staff, working to optimize data collection and user training workflows.
REQUIREMENTS: •Ph.D in Structural Biology or related field + 3 or more year of experience in related field. •Knowledge of cryo-EM sample preparation techniques, data acquisition strategies, and state-of-the-art image processing approaches. Familiarity with automated cryo-EM image acquisition software, such as Leginon, SerialEM, or EPU. Current knowledge of cryo-EM image processing packages, and the demonstrated ability to use them to determine high-resolution structures. Familiarity with high performance computing environment. Experience training new users on microscope use and image analysis. Ability to simultaneously make progress on multiple ongoing projects, and to coordinate with internal and external collaborators.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Familiarity with other structural biology fields, such as X-ray crystallography or NMR. Understanding of cryo-electron tomography, micro-electron diffraction, or 2-D electron crystallography sample preparation, data acquisition, and image processing.
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