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Post Doctorate RA - SSNMR

Contribute to PNNL’s goals as a biophysical chemist in the Physical Sciences Division. As a post-doctoral researcher, you will join a hardworking, multi-investigator team to explore the secondary, tertiary and quaternary structural characterization of biomineralization biomolecules using solid state NMR and how the structure relates to function. The candidate will purify peptides/proteins/peptoids, prepare surface adsorbed samples and characterize the prepared samples using dipolar recoupling methods and 2D/3D protein structure characterization methods. A variety of other techniques, including solution state NMR, CD, AFM, SEM and TEM may be used to characterize the structure and evaluate the interaction mechanism. This is an exciting research project at the intersection of biological, chemical, and materials chemistry!


Characterize biomineralization systems using 2D/3D solid state NMR
Synthesize biomolecules such as peptides/peptoids/proteins
Work independently and take initiative on your research project
Interact, communicate, and tackle problems with a diverse team of research staff within the program and across PNNL
Prepare manuscripts
Present research at conferences and project review meetings
Participate in the development of research proposals


Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.
Preferred Qualifications:
• PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering or related degrees is strongly preferred
• Expertise in solid state NMR
• Experience with dipolar recoupling methods
• Experience with 2D/3D solid state protein structure characterization methods
• Experience in preparing and handling peptides and proteins.
• Strong verbal and written communications skills
• Independence and high motivation
• Ability to work with a team

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

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Additional Information

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About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!
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