[3dem] Postdoctoral Position in CryoEM at UCSD

Baker, Timothy tsb at ucsd.edu
Fri Oct 12 13:49:56 PDT 2012

Postdoctoral Position in CryoEM at UCSD

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Timothy S. Baker at the University of California San Diego.  Applications will be considered from highly-motivated individuals with a Ph. D degree in the Natural Sciences. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated expertise in electron cryo-microscopy or electron cryo-tomography.

The lab’s research focuses on a structure-based approach to deciphering the mechanisms by which viruses assemble and how they recognize, attach, and enter cells and deliver their genetic payloads.  Electron cryo-microscopy, three-dimensional image reconstruction, and homology modeling are the primary tools used to study purified virus specimens. Viruses that infect a wide range of hosts are currently under investigation.  These include members of the families Iridoviridae, Papillomaviridae, Partitiviridae, Parvoviridae, Podoviridae, Reoviridae, Tetraviridae, Togaviridae, and Totiviridae.

The EM facility at UCSD has a 300keV FEI Tecnai G2 Polara and a 200keV FEI Tecnai G2 Sphera (see http://cryoem.ucsd.edu/facilities.shtm for more details).  Most image processing is performed in-house on two separate, multi-node Linux clusters, one of which is housed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, an organized research unit of UCSD.  Sister institutions on the Torrey Pines mesa include The Scripps Research Institute, The Sanford-Burnham Research Institute, and The Salk Institute (all within a 1 mile radius).  San Diego State University also has close ties with UCSD.

San Diego is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, known for its beautiful, year-round climate.  The area includes about 70 miles of beaches, and water sports such as surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing are all very popular.  Winter alpine skiing and the deserts are within a couple of hours drive.  The city is home to both the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego Padres.

Qualified applicants, in addition to providing a CV that identifies areas of expertise and interest, academic and employment history, and a publications list, should arrange to have at least three signed letters of reference from professional scientists to Dr. Timothy S. Baker, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive MC-0378, La Jolla, California 92093-0378.  Alternatively, correspondence may be addressed via email to ricosta at ucsd.edu<mailto:ricosta at ucsd.edu> (and ccd: to tsb at ucsd.edu<mailto:tsb at ucsd.edu>).
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