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Post Doctoral Research Associate Biology

Job ID 1934 Date posted 08/13/2020

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.

Organizational Overview

Researchers in the Biology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory seek to unravel and fully describe the complexities of biological systems—from how plants make oils and other products to the role of proteins in disease. Our work helps to develop and makes use of the tools and techniques of biochemistry, molecular genetics, and structural biology.  We also leverage the unique capabilities of Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source-II and Center for Functional Nanomaterials, major research facilities open to scientists from around the world. Our research makes important contributions to fulfilling the missions of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences and Office of Biological and Environmental Research.   In addition, together with the Collider-Accelerator Department, the Biology Department manages the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at Brookhaven, which is used by radiobiologists and physicists to study the effects of space radiation on both living and non-living systems with the aim of protecting future astronauts.

Position Description
The Biology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate opening. The qualified candidate will engage in developing and applying biochemical and biophysical approaches such as electron tomography (cryoET), spectroscopic imaging,
X-ray/neutron Scattering, and/or solid-state NMR, to explore the structure and dynamics of plant cell walls and the underlying molecular mechanisms governing lignocellulosic structure and formation.

Position Requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The successful candidate will closely collaborate with scientists at NSLS-II, CFN of BNL and the Center for Lignocellulosic Structure
    and Formation  (CLSF).
  • Develop and integrate different biochemical and biophysical procedures to elucidate the structure integrity and dynamics of plant secondary cell walls in wild type and genetically disrupted backgrounds, with respect to the physical and functional interactions of cell wall structural components.
  • Prepare experimental samples.
  • Collect raw datasets with beamline staff and collaborators.
  • Use data-analysis software to extract characteristics from individual experiments, and determine their biological significance.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in plant biochemistry, biophysics, plant molecular genetics, or related field. 
  • A proven track record of experimental design, execution and data analysis as reflected in manuscript writing and successful publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Able to work in a team environment and self-motivated.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Experience:

  • Experience in the study of plant cell wall biology.
  • Experience in electron tomography (cryoET), or advanced Raman/FTIR microspectroscopic imaging, or X-ray/neutron scattering techniques, or solid state NMR.
  • Experience in chemical analysis and/or structural determination of plant cell wall components.
  • Knowledge on lignin, hemicellulose and cellulose biosynthesis.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

• Medical Plans
• Dental Plans
• Vacation
• Holidays
• Life Insurance
• 401(k) Plan
• Paid Parental Leave
• Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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