Biochemist Project Scientist

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💼 MB-Molecular Biophys & Integ Bio, 85888

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division has an opening for a Biochemist Project Scientist. The Berkeley Center for Structural Biology (BCSB) manages and promotes macromolecular crystallography beamlines at the Advanced Light Source synchrotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This position would report to the manager of the BCSB beamlines to support users of the beamlines and to help in developing and commissioning new instrumentation for the beamlines. User support would include evenings and weekend support. The position would also assist the BCSB Head in promotion of the beamlines, and would help develop grants for beamline upgrades.

What You Will Do:

  • Primary duties and responsibilities will include support of crystallography users of the BCSB beamlines, and development and implementation of new beamline instrumentation. In particular:
  • Perform daily, weekly and monthly startups of the beamlines,
  • Troubleshoot beamline hardware issues,
  • Teach users how to control the beamlines and how to optimally collect diffraction data,
  • Proactively design and implement new beamline instrumentation,
  • Commission new beamline instrumentation,
  • Be available at least two days a week for evening support of beamline users
  • In collaboration with the BCSB team, write documentation for beamline control and troubleshooting.
  • Assist the BCSB software developers in testing of new beamline control packages.
  • Actively participate in group meetings.
  • Assist the beamline manager and head of the BCSB in grant writing.
  • Collaborate with users on scientific projects.
  • Publish research results in scientific journals and present results at scientific.
  • Additional Responsibilities as needed:
  • Participate in conferences and workshops to educate researchers in data collection methods.

What is Required:

  • Demonstrated 2-3 years of experience with diffraction data collection using macromolecular crystallography beamlines at synchrotron.
  • Demonstrated 2-3 years of experience with structure solution using molecular replacement.
  • Familiarity with programs to analyze diffraction data, such as XDS and Phenix.
  • Familiarity with protein crystallization methods.
  • Good writing skills, especially in the area of grant development.
  • Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in crystallography, structural biology, chemistry or a related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience with structure solution using experimental phases.
  • Experience with protein crystallization.
  • Experience in serial crystallography.
  • Experience with room temperature data collection.
  • Experience with scripting languages.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

This is a full time, 4 years, 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 Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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