Postdoctoral Fellwoship in biological X-ray solution scattering @ Hamburg, Germany
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany) and the outstations are in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK) and Monterotondo (Italy).
BioStruct-X is an integrated project funded by Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission. Eleven facilities from across Europe provide installations for applications in X-ray scattering, macromolecular X-ray crystallography, biological X-ray imaging, protein production and high-throughput crystallization.
In the framework of this project the EMBL Hamburg Unit develops novel hardware and software components for the high brilliance small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) beamlines and for the interdisciplinary use of SAXS with other structural, biophysical and bioinformatical methods. This work involves provision of a modular multi-method biophysical characterization system for macromolecular samples using minimal sample amounts. The hardware developments will be performed in collaboration with an industrial partner (Malvern Instruments). The components will be coupled with a computational pipeline for fully automated analysis and cross-validation of biophysical and SAXS data using also bioinformatic approaches.
These developments are to be implemented at the high brilliance BioSAXS beamline of the EMBL at the Petra-III storage ring and also at the beamlines of the BioStruct-X partners. The successful candidate will work on the hardware and/or software developments (more towards hardware, or more towards software, depending on the qualification). He/she will also participate in collaborative user projects studying the structure of biological macromolecules in solution at the EMBL beamlines.
Further information can be obtained from Dr. Dmitri Svergun: eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%73%76%65%72%67%75%6e%40%65%6d%62%6c%2d%68%61%6d%62%75%72%67%2e%64%65%22%3e%73%76%65%72%67%75%6e%40%65%6d%62%6c%2d%68%61%6d%62%75%72%67%2e%64%65%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b'))
Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate should have a PhD in a relevant field. Experience in X-ray scattering, biophysical techniques and/or programming languages would be advantageous. We specifically welcome applications from candidates with a background in computational crystallography and/or bioinformatics. Good communication skills and the ability to collaborate with international teams are essential.
Closing Date: 5 February 2012