Post Doc Research Scientist

Boise State University Alumni Boise , ID 83701

Posted 3 months ago

PLEASE NOTE: Two (2) full-time openings are available.

Position Overview:

The Nucleic Acid Memory Institute, within the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE) at Boise State University, is seeking multiple postdoctoral research scientists with strong experimental, analytical, and/or computational skills in the area of DNA nanotechnology. The postdoctoral research scientists will be integral members of a multidisciplinary research team dedicated to becoming global leaders in the research, development, and education of nucleic acid memory (NAM).

Our vision is to pioneer a digital data storage paradigm by designing, building, and testing accessible, editable, and non-volatile NAM technologies that are inspired by DNA circuits and made possible by our innovations in DNA nanotechnology, optical physics, as well as the materials, biological, and computational sciences. This nationally competitive funded research (NSF Award ECCS-1807809), will focus on designing, synthesizing, and characterizing functional DNA nanostructures for applications in nucleic acid memory. The nanostructures will form the foundation for two NAM storage prototypes: digital NAM (dNAM) and sequence NAM (seqNAM).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities Include:

Specifically, we are seeking postdoctoral research scientists that have a strong publication record demonstrating the ability to perform one or more of the following:

  • design nucleic acid sequences using state-of-the-art computational and simulation tools,
  • design and build computational tools that facilitate the design and optimization of DNA nanostructures for information storage and other purposes,
  • design, build, and validate genomic DNA using synthetic biology approaches,
  • design, synthesize, and characterize DNA nanostructures,
  • identify, purify, and extract nucleic acids and DNA nanostructures using agarose gel electrophoresis and/or ultracentrifugation,
  • characterize DNA nanostructures using atomic force microscopy in fluid,
  • characterize DNA nanostructures using DNA-PAINT (Exchange-PAINT) super-resolution microscopy,
  • characterize nucleic acid and DNA nanostructure hybridization and invasion reaction kinetics using fluorescence and/or absorption spectroscopy.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates with a doctoral degree in biophysics, materials science, computer science, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, or a closely related field with extensive research experience in DNA nanotechnology are highly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be supported by a team committed to their professional development from project management and leadership training to promoting innovation, ideation, and collaboration leading to first-authored publications in top tier journals and international patents that are industrially relevant.

Application Instructions: Qualified applicants should upload to their online application in a single PDF document:

  • a one-page cover letter
  • a one-page statement of research interests
  • curriculum vitae
  • information for at least three professional references

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Salary and benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and education. Total compensation includes an excellent benefits package:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)

  • Retirement

  • Time Away From Work

  • Voluntary Benefits

  • Tuition Fee Waiver Benefit

  • Discounts

  • Other Benefits

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