A Project Scientist appointment is immediately available in the division of Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging to oversee the running of a biological cryo-EM facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and an Arctica TEM (Thermo Fisher Scientific) in the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) at the University of California, Berkeley. The successful candidate is expected to maintain the in-house TEMs and accessory equipment in excellent working order and develop a robust user program which will give users the ability to collect high-quality data after appropriate training. In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in collaborative research projects through the collection, processing, and analysis of data.
The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory job performance and availability of funds.
What You Will Do:
Maintain Jeol3100, Arctica, Jeol1200, and CM200. This role includes monthly TEM performance and calibration tests, daily alignment checks, troubleshooting equipment performance issues, reporting microscope errors to supervisor and scheduling repairs with service engineers.
Train and supervise students, postdocs and other users in sample preparation and microscope operation.
Develop and implement high through-put workflows for data collection.
Maintain general upkeep and cleanliness of cryo-EM areas
Maintain record of use and research productivity on the various TEMs
Oversee installation of a new 120kV Cryo-TEM
Participate in ongoing industry collaborations
Participate in collaborative research projects
Guide users in efficient use of cryo-EM facilities
Coordinate with other cryo-EM support staff to ensure efficient use and functionality of cryo-EM facilities
What is Required:
Ph.D. and or equivalent experience in structural biology or related fields.
Substantial experience in the use and maintenance of high-end electron microscopes, especially high-energy JEOL instruments
Proven track record in structure determination by either single particle cryo-EM or subtomogram averaging
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Knowledge and experience in installation and operation of automatic data collection software e.g. serialEM
Extensive experience in user training and basic script writing for data collection
Solid interpersonal skills and communication skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team.
Must be capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing tasks efficiently
Experience running of cryo-EM user facilities, both concerning technical and administrative aspects
Proficiency using data processing software packages for both single particle and electron tomography
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1-year term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Donner Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, CA.
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