Postdoctoral Research Scholar MicroED Data

The Biodesign Institute Center for Applied Structural Discovery at Arizona State University seeks applicants for a PhD level research scientist to work in the field of data processing for Microcrystal Electron Diffraction (MicroED) data, and the development of new algorithms for modeling charge and bonding effects in proteins and their ligands. As a Postdoctoral Research Scholar, you will work under the supervision of Profs Brent Nannenga and John Spence, on the collection and processing of MicroED data, while also conducting original research on new modeling approaches. The project will involve collaborations with other faculty both at ASU and at other institutions. More details can be obtained from

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a recent PhD (within the past four years) in a relevant field of science, such as crystallography, physics, materials science, biophysics, or chemistry. 

Application Instructions

Applicants are responsible for including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in their application through the Interfolio website: Emailed applications will not be accepted. 

Application deadline is December 5, 2019.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Department Statement:

For the fifth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all five years the category has existed.

ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way.

The Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery is a research center within the Biodesign Institute that focuses on new innovative methods for the determination of the structure and dynamics of biomolecules, which are applied to the fields of energy conversion and medicine.

The mission of the Center for Applied Structural Discovery is the elucidation of the structure and dynamics of biomolecules with direct application in bioenergy conversion and in medicine for the cure of diseases. The center follows a new concept where advances in technology are combined with structure-based rationale design of developing new catalysts for energy conversion and the structure-based design of novel drugs, leading to clinical studies. Thereby scientific discoveries are directly applied to advance in medical treatment of patients. Following this unique concept from structure to the patient, novel biophysical techniques will be developed that include high resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy  combined with visionary new techniques of femto- and attosecond Free Electron X-ray laser Science that will allow us to determine molecular movies of biomolecules at work. The discovery of the structure and dynamics of the major key player proteins in solar energy conversion and diseases will be the major goals of the Center for Applied Structural Discovery.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery