Post doc position in Queensland

Alasdair W. McDowall A.McDowall at
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			

Dear colleagues,

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 
Additional information on CMM and IMB can be obtained from the 
following websites and

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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