A NIH-funded postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Center for Membrane Biology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston (https://med.uth.edu/bmb/research-centers/center-for-membrane-biology/). In collaboration with the group of Dr. John Spudich, the fellow will work in the lab of Dr. Lei Zheng to study the structure of channelrhodopsin proteins using X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM approaches. Channelrhodopsin proteins have become extremely powerful tools in optogenetic studies. The candidate will have an opportunity to work with new channelrhodopsin proteins recently identified in Dr. Spudich’s lab to study the molecular mechanisms of their novel ion conductivity and light-induced channel gating. See below link for project info: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26113638 . The lab is located in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical campus in the world, with great resources and environment for biomedical research. Houston is the 4th populous city in the United States and is highly international and dynamic.
Qualified candidates should have a recent Ph.D. degree and a solid and documented background in structural biology, biochemistry and/or biophysics. Experience with membrane protein is a big advantage. A successful candidate is expected to be highly skilled and self-motivated and is willing to work in a collaborative environment.
Interested candidates should send a CV, one page research experience summary and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Salary will compensate based on NIH standard and candidate’s experience. Starting date is negotiable.
Lei Zheng, Ph.D.
Center for Membrane Biology
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Texas McGovern Medical School
6431 Fannin Street, MSB 6.218 (office), 6.408 (lab)
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: 713-500-6083 (office), -7451 (lab)