Postdoctoral Fellow - Nanobody Technologies for Structural Biology
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Staff Category: Postdoctoral Fellow
Contract Duration: 2 years
Grading: Stipend
Closing Date: 17 June 2019
Reference Number: HH00169
We are seeking for a highly motivated molecular biologist with protein biochemistry expertise to develop the use of single domain antibodies as a platform technology for structural and functional studies at the EMBL Hamburg unit. The research portfolio of the Hamburg Unit is mainly focused on structures of membrane proteins and large protein complexes by diverse structural biology approaches including X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative environment together with structural and computational biologists. You will be affiliated with the research group of Christian Löw. The Löw laboratory is specialized in structural biology of integral membrane proteins. The team uses innovative approaches to study the structure and dynamics of nutrient uptake systems.

Your role

Your task will be to establish an in vitro nanobody selection approach to identify binders against selected membrane proteins, which then will be used as tools for structural (X-ray or Cryo-EM) and functional studies (e.g. Imaging, transport assays). The work aims at biological discoveries comprising both methodological and applied aspects. Your expertise will be accessible to all interested research groups and teams from the EMBL Hamburg Unit.

You have

  • A Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, biophysics or structural biology (or a related field)
  • Strong experience in molecular biology and protein biochemistry with a demonstrated record of accomplishments
  • Ability to plan and pursue a research project independently and in a team
  • Willingness to learn new skills as projects require
  • Good communication, interpersonal and English language skills

You might also have

  • Experience in phage display or ribosome display technologies
  • Experience in structural biology (X-ray, Cryo-EM) of integral membrane proteins or larger protein complexes
  • Experimental expertise in the field of membrane proteins
  • Familiarity with eukaryotic expression systems

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits. Scientists at the EMBL Hamburg Unit benefit from cutting-edge technology to accommodate their research, with on-site synchrotron radiation beamlines operated by EMBL and opportunities for collaboration with colleagues from all six EMBL units.

What else do I need to know

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