Postdoctoral Appointee

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7079336 (Ref:410179)

Posted: June 2, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

We invite you to apply for a Postdoctoral Appointee position within our Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division (CSE). 

Under the guidance of a supervisor you will conduct fundamental research on solar energy conversion in natural photosynthetic systems and design biohybrid complexes for solar driven fuels production. Research includes protein bioinorganic and biochemistry techniques, the development of methods to augment native and modified photosynthetic protein frameworks with abiotic cofactors, and the characterization of structure-function relationships in hybrid assemblies using a range of spectroscopic techniques.

 In this role you will:

  • Participate in protein isolation, and characterization.
  • Develop bioinorganic methods for protein modification enabling structure-function analysis of native photosynthetic systems and the insertion of abiotic cofactors into photosynthetic protein frameworks.
  • Characterize the structure, electron transfer properties, and catalytic function of native protein-protein interactions and hybrid assemblies using a range of biophysical spectroscopic techniques.
  • Analyze data, prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications, and make presentations at scientific meetings. 
  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of pertinent literature. 
  • Develop new ideas, concepts, and/or research proposals.

We expect you to have: 

  • Considerable knowledge of and experimental expertise in one or more of the following areas: Protein isolation, protein modification, protein function characterization, protein cofactor characterization, protein structure characterization.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. 
  • Strong skill in data processing, evaluation, and interpretation. 
  • Strong skill in working in an interdisciplinary research team setting.
  • Some knowledge of and experimental expertise in protein design and expression using recombinant DNA and microbial protein expression techniques, organic/inorganic chemistry, biophysics, TA and EPR spectroscopy.
This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in bioinorganic chemistry, biochemistry, or biophysical chemistry or related disciplines at the Ph.D. degree level with 0 to 3 years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience.

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