Postdoctoral position in “Electron diffraction of protein nanocrystals” - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Pisa, IIT@NEST
Added on: 13/06/2018 - Expires on: 28/06/2018

The Electron Crystallography Research Line of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is looking for highly motivated candidates for a post-doctoral position at the Center for Nanotechnology Innovation (CNI) in Pisa, to work on electron diffraction of proteins nanocrystals.

The aim of the project is the development of methods for collecting electron diffraction data on protein sub-micrometric crystals suitable for structure solution. 

The research will involve: 1) the design of specific procedures of data collection of electron diffraction in cryo condition exploiting the potentialities of a single electron detector for diffraction; 2) finding structure solution strategies for protein crystals by electron diffraction data.  

Eligibility criteria:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Molecular Biology or related areas.
  • Experience in crystallography of proteins and/or organic molecules and/or inorganic materials
  • Previous experience with diffraction methods in general
  • Experience in transmission electron microscopy
  • Excellent communication skills.

The ideal candidate should have either previous experience in protein crystallography, or in small-molecule crystallography. However, due the novelty of the field, also candidates that have generic experience in transmission electron microscopy or molecular biology are encouraged to apply.

We value scientists who can interact effectively with an interdisciplinary team, have a high degree of independence and take accountability for their project.

The successful candidate will be offered an internationally competitive salary commensurate to qualifications and experience.

To apply, please send a detailed CV, a cover letter including research accomplishments and interests, and name of 2 referees to quoting “electron diffraction of protein nanocrystals CB74597” in the subject line.

Please apply by June 28th, 2018.


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Involved Research lines
Electron Crystallography


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