Beamline Scientist-Highly Automated Macromolecular Crystallography (AMX)Job ID 1644 Date posted 06/05/2019
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The National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory seeks a scientist to join the Structural Biology program that operates two state-of-the-art macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamlines, one life-sciences scattering beamline, and a cryo-EM facility. The successful candidate will be keen to make best scientific use of the MX beamlines with their micro-focus beams and high degree of automation. Our early experience with these cutting-edge MX beamlines shows that they have ability to produce usable data rapidly from crystals that gave poor diffraction elsewhere.
The principal work in the next years will be to support all aspects of the beamline operations and to continue developing these instruments to expand opportunities for structural biology research.
The new scientist who joins this multi-national group operating cutting-edge instruments will bring innovation and teamwork to further the quality of X-ray crystallography beamlines. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop opportunities for scientific collaborations that exploit the unique qualities of our beamlines. We would emphasize extending the mission and technical scope of the beamline, especially by increasing automated data processing in our high-performance computing environment and enhancing specimen-handling automation. Responsibilities will also include interacting with the scientific user community to augment their scientific productivity with complementary NSLS-II life-science user programs and our cryo-EM facility.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ph.D. in physics, biophysics, chemistry, biochemistry, or related field.
- At least three years prior experience in Macromolecular Crystallography data acquisition and analysis.
- Relevant publication record in X-ray or neutron-based research.
- Effective written and oral communications skills.
- The ability to interact effectively in a team environment with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, technical staff, and users.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Prior experience in the use of synchrotron beamlines for structural biology
- Five or more years of prior experience in MX data acquisition, analysis, and structure determination.
- Experience with programming, including Python.
Additional Information: The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate scientific level depending on depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills she or he brings to the position.
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