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Postdoctoral Associate
Cornell University in New York City, New York
Date Posted 03/16/2021
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Postdoctoral Associate

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Academic Job Description

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Role of Inositol Phosphates in Retroviral Assembly

Position Function

A post-doctoral associate position is immediately available to join the research group of Robert Dick, located in the lab of Volker M. Vogt in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, doing research in the area of retroviral assembly and structure. The position will involve protein purification, screening for inositol phosphate sensitivity of viral lattice formation, and structure determination. Responsibilities will include: 1) setting up high throughput assembly screens using thermal shift assays, 2) structure determination of assembled virus particles, and 3) mutational analysis of critical protein-protein interfaces.

Anticipated Division of Time

Protein preparation and handling


Screening for assembly of protein into viral lattices


Data analysis and structure determination


Preparing reports and publications


Minimum Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. with research experience in protein biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • Proficiency in DNA cloning and protein purification.
  • Experience with sample preparation for imaging.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a strong publication record.
  • Independence and project leadership skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • More than 3 years of experience in protein purification and handling.
  • Experience with cryo-EM imaging and data anyalysis.
  • A record of publication in the field of virus structure and assembly.
  • Experience with RNA preparation and handling.
  • Background in structure determination using RELION, Dynamo, and ETomo.
  • Experience with tissue culture and fluorescent imaging.


The postdoctoral associate will be paid according to the NIH-scale for starting postdoc with zero years of experience.


The postdoctoral associate will be supervised directly by they PI (Robert Dick)

Supervision Exercised

The position does not require supervision, but dependent on the experience desired by the candidate, may include some supervision of students and/or technicians.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

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