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Molecular Robotics Postdoctoral Fellowship for Development of DNA Corralled Nanodiscs

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Molecular Robotics Initiative. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things, pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment — thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world.

We seek outstanding postdoctoral applicants with expertise in biomolecular engineering or science to develop DNA Corralled Lipid Nanodiscs as a tool for study of the structure and function of membrane proteins. The Shih Laboratory explores design principles for self-assembling molecular machines. As our model system, we primarily use structural DNA nanotechnology. We seek to apply our knowledge towards construction of artificial systems that help solve problems of biological and medical interest.

Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. with an excellent track record of research involving design and characterization of biomolecules. The candidate should be open-minded, creative, energetic, and critical thinking. Experience working with membrane proteins would be beneficial but not necessary. Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications and copies of up to three relevant scientific papers and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu using the subject line “DNA CORRALLED NANODISCS APPLICATION”.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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