Postdoctoral Researcher - Biochemistry and Protein Biophysics

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Job Code/Title PD - Post Doctoral Position Number P00001 Working Title Postdoctoral Researcher - Biochemistry and Protein Biophysics Department Chemistry Organizational Overview

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Recruitment Pool All Applicants Anticipated Hiring Range $47,476 Campus Monroe Park Campus Position Type Post Doc Hours/Week 40 Normal work days Monday - Friday Normal work hours Varies Job Category Research Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No Is any portion of this position grant-funded? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant. Sensitive Position No Resource Critical No Description of the Job

The Lucas Lab ( within the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University has two NIH -funded postdoctoral positions available for enthusiastic and skilled scientists. Candidates with expertise in the biochemical and biophysical characterization of proteins, and those who have a genuine passion for understanding the role of metals in biological systems and processes are encouraged to apply. The principal research focus will be on elucidating the structural features and the biochemical mechanisms of amyloidogenic proteins implicated in Parkinson’s disease, with an emphasis on metal-mediated structural dynamics, neurochemistry, and the biochemical and/or redox modification of these aggregation-prone proteins. Candidates will have an opportunity to contribute to a comprehensive research project, and individual responsibilities may be dedicated to light scattering techniques (such as SEC - MALS ); utilization of advanced imaging platforms (such as TEM, AFM, or cryo-EM); and/or implementation of mammalian cell culture and/or DNA manipulation. Candidates will also be required to routinely support the preparation of proteins through cell culture expression (bacterial and mammalian), chromatographic protein purification ( FPLC ) and separations (gels, blots, etc.), as well as a variety of analytical techniques (fluorescence, LSPR, EPR, CD, multiplexed immunoassays, etc.).The successful candidate will be expected to independently execute and analyze experiments, to contribute to the preparation of manuscripts, and to promote a collegial and rigorous laboratory environment. Periodic technical progress reports will be required, and opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate students will be available. The initial appointment is for one year with a review after 6 months; renewal beyond 1 year is contingent on milestones achieved.

Required Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biophysics, or a related discipline.

Must be able to work in a diverse work environment.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidates will have a demonstrated skill set in some of the techniques described, and the level of expertise, familiarity and/or interest should be mentioned in the candidate’s cover letter and/or CV. Opportunities to learn and to be trained in new techniques and/or methodologies will be available; however, candidates with specialized training in redox biology, structural biology, molecular physiology, and/or biophysics are highly sought.

Job Open Date 03/12/2021 Remove from posting on or before Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Dear Applicants,

Per Dr. Lucas, please ensure that in the Required Documents section of the application that you submit a Cover Letter and your Curriculum Vitae.

Also, in the References section of the application, please ensure that you provide the contact information for at least 2 references.

Failure to provide the above documentation and information could result in you being considered for the position.

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