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Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Requisition ID #: 32058
  • Job Category: Research
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Experience Level: Postdoctoral
  • City, State: Milwaukee, WI
  • Work Location: MACC Fund Research Center
  • Department: Biophysics
  • Education: Doctorate Degree

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Position Description:

We’re looking for those individuals—the creative thinkers and innovation seekers—who are content with nothing short of changing the world. Discover the endless opportunities within the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and be inspired by the work we can do together to improve health, and make a positive, daily impact in our communities.

The Marassi laboratory, in the Department of Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral position in the area of structural biology based primarily on biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Research projects focus on protein-protein, protein-lipid, and protein-biomineral interactions in the context of diseases of aging (macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease) and host-pathogen encounters, with a strong focus on cellular and near-native samples.

The successful candidate will be trained in experimental techniques (including recombinant protein production, purification, protein biophysical and biochemical characterization, and functional assays), independently perform experiments, analyze data, and compile results to advance research goals. A successful individual will join an interdisciplinary team and mentor graduate students in research projects. Strong collaborative skills are required.

The successful candidate will gain access to state-of-the-art research resources available for NMR in solution and the solid-state, EPR, MRI, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, biomolecular analysis, and high-performance computing. For more information, see MCW Biophysics.


Primary Functions

  • Independently design and perform lab procedures and experiments.
  • Record and compile accurate records and communicate summaries of experimental results.
  • Analyze data using statistical methodologies; create graphic results for presentations and publications.
  • Participate in meetings with the principal investigator and staff to evaluate and interpret the validity of data, determine methodologies, and evaluate lab procedures impacting the quality and timeliness of research.
  • Disseminate results through presentations at conferences and writing manuscripts.
  • Keep abreast of research techniques and methodologies that might facilitate designated research projects.
  • Communicate with researchers in other laboratories; share ideas and research methodologies to improve the effectiveness of the research.
  • Operate, calibrate, and maintain equipment and train lab staff in its use as necessary.
  • Assist with personnel matters, including training and coaching.

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

  • Knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, documentation, and records management.
  • Understanding of general and complex laboratory procedures, scientific approaches, and methodologies.
  • Ability to independently troubleshoot and incorporate new approaches; to develop and follow research protocols; to read, understand, follow, and implement safety procedures.
  • Experience with magnetic resonance spectroscopy, immunological assays, molecular biology techniques, and recombinant protein production and purification is desired.
  • Data utilization, complex problem solving, critical thinking, resource management, and presenting and writing skills.

Preferred Schedule:
Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm

Position Requirements:

Minimum Required Education:               Ph.D.

Minimum Required Experience:              None

Preferred Education:                             Chemistry or closely related

Preferred Experience:                           Expertise in magnetic resonance and/or other structural biology techniques, protein structure determination, and recombinant protein production and purification

Field:                                                  Biophysics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Simulations


Why MCW?

  • Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vision, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options
  • 403B Retirement Package
  • Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • On campus Fitness Facility, offering onsite classes.
  • Additional discounted rates on items such as: Select cell phone plans, local fitness facilities, Milwaukee recreation and entertainment etc. 

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Eastern Wisconsin is a vibrant, diverse metropolitan area.  MCW is intent on attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce and faculty body that reflects the community we serve. We value diversity of backgrounds, experience, thought, and perspectives to advance excellence in science and medicine.  MCW is a welcoming campus community with a strong culture of collaboration, partnership, and engagement with our surrounding community. For more information, please visit our institutional website at  #LI-AV1

MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.