Postdoctoral Researcher – Single-Molecule Biophysics

Updated: 9 days ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Molecular Biosciences

Position Overview

The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites qualified candidates to submit applications for the position of Single-Molecule Biophysics Postdoctoral Researcher. The selected applicant will work in the diverse and international laboratory of Prof. Holmstrom where state-of-the-art single-molecule fluorescence techniques are used to study the molecular mechanisms of functional nucleic acids and the various proteins that interact with them. This multi-disciplinary research environment utilizes concepts from biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering in order to measure the structural and dynamic properties of individual biomolecules using spectroscopic techniques like Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET).

The Holmstrom lab is looking for highly-motivated individuals with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for scientific research. The ideal candidate has a PhD in either biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or another discipline closely related to single-molecule biophysics. Additionally, candidates should have extensive research experience with: fluorescence spectroscopy/microscopy and protein/nucleic acid purification. A strong record of scientific accomplishments including peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations is also required. They must also be proficient in oral as well as written English. Research experience with single-molecule methods, microfabrication, and or data analytics is preferred, but not required.

This position is contingent upon funding and has an initial 1-year limited term with the possibility of renewal.

Job Description

50% Laboratory work: prepare buffers/samples; develop experimental techniques; design and conduct experiments; analyze data; keep detailed notes and records pertaining to this laboratory work.

30% Dissemination: read scientific literature related to all aspects of the research project; generate posters and digital presentations; assist in the preparation and submission of all manuscripts and publications related to research project. 

10% Laboratory Maintenance: help clean, organize, and maintain a safe laboratory environment; know up-to-date laboratory safety protocols and employ them in the laboratory.
10% Other duties:  attended and participate in scientific group meetings and departmental seminars; assist in the mentorship and training of students at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or another field closely related to single-molecule biophysics.
  • Research experience with fluorescence spectroscopy/microscopy and/or protein/nucleic acid purification as evidenced by application materials.
  • A strong record of scientific accomplishments including peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations as evidenced by application materials.
  • Proficient in oral as well as written English as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  • NOTE: 

    To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand.  Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed six months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous research experience with single-molecule techniques and microfabrication.
  • Familiarity with data analysis tools (e.g., Mathematica, Matlab, Python, R).

  • Additional Candidate Instruction

    Interested candidates should submit an online application that contains of the following items:

  • Cover letter detailing how required and preferred qualifications are met. The cover letter should also describe the candidate's scientific interests and prior research experiences as well as their career goals.
  • Detailed CV with publication record and contact information for a potential interview.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • Review of applications will begin on 6/21/2021 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Minimum $50,000

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    Anticipated Start Date


    Limited Term End Date


    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    Variable- 40 hours/week

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term

    Work Location Assignment



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