The Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and the University of Maryland, College Park Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry invite applications for an open-rank, tenure-line faculty position in structural biology, with an emphasis in the area of biomolecular cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM), starting August 2021. The faculty member will base their research program on the IBBR campus in Rockville, Maryland, and hold joint appointments with IBBR and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at College Park. The criteria for selection will be proven excellence and potential for impact through original research, scholarship, and teaching. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a vigorous externally funded research program and have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
IBBR is a joint research institute of the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), centrally located in Maryland’s biotechnology corridor. The Institute’s mission is to conduct groundbreaking research in the field of biotechnology that generates innovative solutions to major scientific and engineering challenges. The Institute has a long history of excellence in biomolecular structure-function relationships. Current research programs center on the biomolecular engineering of vaccines, biotherapeutics, and diagnostics; biomolecular measurement science; and disease pathways and biomolecular targets. The available instrumentation at IBBR includes a 200 kV Talos Arctica cryoEM with a Falcon 3EC direct electron detector and a 200 kV Glacios cryoEM with a Gatan K3 direct electron detector and a Volta phase plate. The University of Maryland College Park has a Zeiss EM 10 CA TEM equipped with a tilt stage and a JEOL 100CX II TEM. IBBR instrumentation for sample preparation was recently upgraded with a Thermo Fisher Scientific Vitrobot Mark IV and a Gatan cryoplunge 3. IBBR also maintains a high-performance computing cluster with a dedicated 750 TB parallel file system, and two dedicated 8-GPU nodes. These cryo-EM facilities complement other state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise at IBBR, including NMR, X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and solution X-ray scattering.
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