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Postdoctoral Associate - Zimmer Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Charlottesville City, VA
Closing date
Aug 6, 2022

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Primary Work Address: Snyder Building, #380, Charlottesville, VA, 22903

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The Zimmer Lab at the University of Virginia studies how complex carbohydrates shape, support and functionalize biological cells and tissues. We are currently seeking an innovative, inventive and self-driven Postdoctoral Associate. The Zimmer Lab uses all the tools of molecular and structural biology as well as biochemistry to study the structure & assembly of cell surface polymers that form extracellular architectures. Many organisms extend their surfaces as protective barriers, to mediate cellular interactions, and to confer mechanical strength. Our research focuses on polysaccharides and how they are synthesized and deposited on the cell surface. We study capsule and biofilm formation in bacteria, cell wall biosynthesis in plants, chitin deposition in arthropods, and extracellular matrix formation in vertebrates. More information can be found on our website.

This role is perfect for you if you are looking to do groundbreaking science in a new area within an established and well-respected lab. We are hoping to find someone who is incredibly motivated, self-directed, and passionate about the research of the lab, and excited about pushing the boundaries of science forward.

General Qualifications:
  • PhD. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Structural Biology, or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with structural biology techniques is a strong plus.
  • Solid foundation in Molecular Biology techniques is preferred.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative group environment.
  • Effective communication and troubleshooting skills, self-motivated, and a strong work ethic.

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a detailed research statement on how their experience and interests relate to our research, and names and contact information for three referees.

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). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

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.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more.

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