National Institute on Aging

Brown University — Staff Scientist

Job Description:

The Deaconescu Lab at Brown University seeks a staff scientist to contribute to their research mission. The laboratory’s primary focus lies on bacterial stress responses. The staff scientist will utilize a combination of biochemical, biophysical and structural techniques (e.g. X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy) in these areas to independently perform various experiments and tests.

The focus of the work will be on structure determination by cryo-EM (specimen preparation, data collection, data processing and analysis) and assay development for complementing our structural analyses. The lab has its own Vitrobot and crystallization robots, and microscope time is readily available.

Examples of recent work from the Deaconescu Lab are: Schwartz et al, Protein Science (2021), Brugger et al, Nature Communications (2020), Dorich et al, Genes & Development (2019), Vemu et al. Science (2018), Le TT et al. Cell (2018), Szyk et al, Cell (2014).

This is fixed term position with a current end date of April 30, 2024, which may be extended based upon available funding.

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Required: Master’s degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or related field with 3-5 years laboratory/research experience
  • Strongly preferred: PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or related field
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Previous experience with cryo-EM, X-ray crystallography and biochemistry is preferred

Job Competencies

  • Ability to support the lab group and to interact with a diverse range of individuals
  • Excellent organizational, record keeping, task prioritization, and report preparation skills
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills, ability to implement solutions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to present complex data in clear presentations
  • Proficiency with computers and essential software programs (e.g. MS office, Google Suite, structural biology software etc.)
  • Ability to collect and analyze data
  • Ability to work independently and, in a team
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a diverse group of people, with vastly different skills and training
  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community

Criminal and education background check.

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Job Posting Title:
Staff Scientist

Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Grade 10

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Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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