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Postdoctoral Associate Position in Serial Synchrotron Crystallography

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in development and application of methods for synchrotron-based serial crystallography of biomolecular systems. A joint project between Cornell University and MiTeGen, LLC, supported by a Phase II STTR award, aims to develop a complete suite of tools for sample preparation, handling, and imaging, and for high-throughput data collection via serial crystallography at room and cryogenic temperatures, and to apply these tools to high scientific value targets. The postdoctoral position will focus on evaluating a multimodal microcrystal imaging system, integrating this system into serial crystallography workflows, and on validating and applying the complete suite of tools in SSX experiments to be performed at CHESS and NSLS-II. The postdoctoral associate will be expected to collaborate with synchrotron source staff scientists and with other members of the structural biology and X-ray science communities at Cornell, and with staff at MiTeGen.

Applicants may have a Ph.D. in structural/molecular biology, physics, biophysics, applied physics, chemistry, materials science or related fields. Relevant skills include protein preparation and crystallization, optical system design and construction, use of multimodal laser scanned imaging systems, synchrotron-based X-ray data collection, biomolecular structural analysis and modeling, and programming for data collection and experiment control.

Start dates are flexible and can be as early as August 2021. To apply for this position: To apply: Application materials must be submitted online at

The group of Prof. Warren Zipfel at Cornell University develops and applies novel optical microscopy methods for biomedical research and clinical imaging. MiTeGen, LLC, designs, manufactures, and distributes tools for X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. MiTeGen grew out of studies by the group of Prof. Robert Thorne at Cornell University on biological, chemical, and materials physics problems relevant in probing and understanding biomolecular structure and function, and their past and ongoing efforts to develop new methods for synchrotron X-ray and electron diffraction-based study of biomolecular systems. The successful candidate will gain exposure to a wide variety of novel methods for structural science currently under development at MiTeGen and in the Thorne lab and to the fundamental physical ideas underlying these methods, providing a strong basis for a variety of subsequent careers.

The work will make extensive use of the highly flexible facilities for X-ray science available at the Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) (, and the outstanding microbeam capabilities at NSLS-II.

Application material should be submitted to Academic Jobs Online. Complete applications will include a brief cover letter, a CV, a detailed summary of research experience and interests, and three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters, if not initially provided, will be requested after application screening.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts students and faculty of all races, nationalities, and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator, valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

For further information, please contact Prof. Robert E. Thorne and/or Prof. Warren Zipfel

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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including: employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, flexible work options.
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