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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Rice University in Houston, Texas
Date Posted 09/21/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Full Job Description

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Position Summary

The Lab for Synthetic Macromolecular Assemblies (PI: George Lu) at the Rice Bioengineering Department has multiple openings for postdoctoral fellows. The lab employs protein engineering and synthetic biology methods and aims to develop novel technologies for noninvasive imaging and remote control of cells for both basic research and cell-based therapies. The research takes advantage of our proximity to the country’s biggest medical center and opportunities to collaborate with leading scientists in areas such as cancer immunotherapy. Rice Bioengineering is one of the top biomedical engineering departments with its graduate program consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country. The candidate will have opportunities to lead cutting-edge research projects and interact with outstanding scientists as collaborators and trainees. Please refer to the lab website for more information http://lulab.rice.edu.

The ideal candidate for the first position will have a strong background and interest in computational protein design and structure calculation. Experimental skills in protein structure determination will be considered as a bonus but not essential. The candidate should have strong written and oral communication skills, and will also be expected to aid in the supervision of junior lab members and in the preparation of research proposals. The application for postdoctoral fellowships will be encouraged, including both external and internal ones such as Rice University Academy of Fellows.

Consistent with the National Research Council’s report, Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond, we are seeking candidates who have demonstrated ability to lead and work in research groups that “… [integrate] the knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking…” from engineering, mathematics, and computational, natural, social and behavioral sciences to solve societal problems using a convergent approach.

We seek greater representation of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines in which they have historically been underrepresented; to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought; and we support an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community.

The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs (US News & World Report) and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff and students in an inclusive environment.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Education Required

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate


Bioengineering, biochemistry, biological science, chemistry, applied physics, computer science, or chemical engineering

Education Preferred
Experience Required

No experience required.

Experience Preferred

Computational protein design and structure calculation

Skills Required
  • Knowledge of basic protein science, protein engineering and design
  • Ability to present in group meetings and conferences
  • Enthusiasm in assisting team members and contributing to collaborative working environment
  • Strong record keeping and computer skills, knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), including lab safety practices
  • Ability to complete experiments in a timely manner along with other duties, work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction
  • Understanding of manuscript submission and peer review process
Skills Preferred
Physical Demands
  • May require long periods of standing/sitting as needed for bench and computer terminal work
  • Extended hours beyond the typical 40 hour week may be necessary when critical deadlines need to be met
Working Conditions
  • Open office environment
  • Laboratory environment
Security Sensitive

As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Essential Personnel

Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Essential Functions
  • Engineers gas-filled protein nanostructures named gas vesicles – a group of proteins that is the key focus of the research group
  • Engineers cells to enable novel approaches in cell-based therapies
  • Develops methods of ultrasound imaging and focused ultrasound for interactions with biomolecules and cells
  • Writes papers, presents data at conferences and sometimes mentors junior research team members
  • Documents, analyzes, and maintains research data
  • Assists with proposal development to obtain research funding
  • Supports project management and collaboration across institutions or disciplines
  • Designs and implements research protocols; adapts new procedures, methods or instrumentation relative to research procedures
  • Provides academic services (ie. teaching classes) to the department as required
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
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