Post doc position in Queensland
Alasdair W. McDowall
A.McDowall at mailbox.uq.edu.au
Wed May 3 11:06:04 PDT 2000
Assoc. Prof. Alasdair W. McDowall
Deputy Director: Center for Microscopy & Microanalysis
University of Queensland, Brisbane. QLD 4072
Phone: (07) 3365-1791 International: +61 (7) 3365-1791
Facsimile: (07) 3365-2199 International: +61 (7) 3365-2199
email: a.mcdowall at mailbox.uq.edu.au
The following postdoctoral position is available in our lab immediately.
Post-Doctoral Position in Structural Biology, Cryo-electron Microscopy
A Research Officer/Senior Research Officer is required for a new position
in structural biology and cryo-electron microscopy that will support the
research activities of the SRC for Functional and Applied Genomics in the
new Institute for Molecular Bioscience and several groups within the
Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences at the University of
Queensland. The IMB in conjunction with the Centre for Microscopy and
Microanalysis, has established the premier microanalytical facility in
Australia for materials characterisation in both biological and physical
disciplines. The Institute now wishes to expand this facility by
appointing an individual to work on structural studies of
macromolecular complexes, in particular, those benefiting from
cryo-electron microscopy and three-dimensional image reconstruction.
The CMM has installed new 200kV FEG and 120kV cryo-electron
microscopes which further complement the existing state-of-the-art
inventory of CMM and are targeted for a purpose built high resolution
microscopy unit designed to 300kV TEM specifications to be housed
within the new Institute.
Through the techniques of high resolution electron microscopy the
candidate would have the opportunity to collaborate on existing
research programs in cell biology and X-ray crystallography, such as the
investigation of cell organelles - cavaolae, and the analysis of virus
The successful candidate should have a PhD in biophysics or an
appropriate discipline, a minimum of three years postdoctoral
experience in electron microscopy of biological molecules, and is
expected to apply for external research funding. The candidate would be
expected to have a sound knowledge in the current approaches to
three-dimensional reconstructions from electron micrographs and must
have suitable organisational and communication skills and a proven
ability to work well in a team.
The position is available for 1 year in the first instance with the strong
possibility of renewal.
Further information can be obtained from Assoc Prof Alasdair McDowall,
telephone (61 7) 3365 1791 or email a.mcdowall at mailbox.uq.edu.au.
Additional information on CMM and IMB can be obtained from the
http://www.uq.edu.au/nanoworld and http://www.imb.uq.edu.au.
The Institute for Molecular Bioscience is the centrepiece of a $105
million world-class research complex being developed by the University
of Queensland in partnership with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific
and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and other research
agencies at UQ's St Lucia campus.
When completed in 2002 the IMB will establish Brisbane as Australia's
centre of excellence in molecular biosciences and be a major hub for
bioindustries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Brisbane is a short stop from the one of Australia's greatest assets the
magnificent reef which runs along virtually the entire coast of
Queensland. Considered one of the world's natural wonders, it is the
most extensive reef system and the biggest structure made by living
organisms on earth. In the north, the reef is virtually continuous and is
located only 50km from the shore. In the south, individual reefs are
more common, and in some places up to 300km offshore. Hundreds of
islands dot the reef area. About 20 of them have facilities, such as Heron
Island where the University of Queensland has a marine research
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