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Postdoctoral Associate, Cell Biology/Biochemistry - McCutcheon Lab

Primary Work Address: Biodesign Institute, Tempe, AZ, 85287-7701

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We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Associate within the lab of Dr. John McCutcheon at Arizona State University. The McCutcheon lab studies endosymbiont-to-organelle transitions and associated processes in evolutionary cell biology. We work on non-model insect systems because these animals have the most organelle-like bacterial endosymbionts yet described. Our lab has combined genomics, cell biology, and biochemistry to uncover some remarkable genomic and cell biological parallels between these insect endosymbionts and mitochondria and plastids.

We are seeking a new lab member with expertise in a broad range of cell biological and/or biochemical backgrounds to help continue to move the lab in new research directions. Candidates with expertise in protein purification, organelle purification, protein mass spectrometry, cryo-EM, X-ray crystallography, cell culture infection assays, live-cell imaging, confocal or superresolution light microscopy, or other related techniques are encouraged to apply. We are hoping to find someone who is motivated and passionate about combining their previous experience with ours to study fundamental and exciting biology.

The McCutcheon lab is a friendly, welcoming, and inclusive place. We believe that science is for everyone, and we do not and will not discriminate against people based on sexual orientation, race, gender identity, or religion (or lack of one). We simply seek a motivated and enthusiastic human. Our lab has generous space in the newest building of ASU's Biodesign Institute, where we are part of the interactive and collaborative Center for Mechanisms of Evolution. More information about the lab can be found on our website.

General Qualifications:

  • PhD. in structural biology, biochemistry, cell biology or similar.

    • Prior experience with one or more of the techniques listed above a strong plus

  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative group environment.

  • Effective communication skills, self-motivated, and a strong work ethic.

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a one-page statement on how their experience and interests relate to our work, and contact information for two or three references.

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

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Tempe, AZ, 85285, US