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[ccp4bb] Announcing the Pacific Northwest Center for cryo-EM

Hello all,

The Pacific Northwest Center for Cryo-EM (PNCC) is a state-of-the-art electron microscopy user facility recently funded by the NIH Common Fund and operated jointly by Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  Our mission is to service researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds to tackle the most challenging scientific problems and train the next generation of cryo-electron microscopy specialists and researchers.

Multiple levels of service and access are available at PNCC that correspond with the type of analysis or training desired by the user.  We would like to announce a call for user proposals starting August 1st 2018 and will start receiving samples and users in November.  This first call will provide instrument time on our Arctica 200 keV cryo-TEM outfitted with a K2 Gatan direct-electron detector.  An additional 3 Krios are expected to be brought on-line in the summer of 2019.

Interested potential PNCC users should submit their proposals through the PNCC User Portal hosted by EMSL, a DOE National User Facility located at PNNL.  An internal and external review committee will review each proposal to assess feasibility and estimate required resources (i.e., staff and instrumentation). The result of this review will be communicated to users directly, and if time is awarded, a link will be provided for scheduling.  All proposals will be granted based on scientific merit with a strong emphasis on technical feasibility and sample suitability.

For those interested in cryo-EM career options, the PNCC is also recruiting enthusiastic scientists at all ranks (Research Assistant 2, Senior Research Assistant, Research Associate and Senior Research Associate). For more information please go to the OHSU jobs website (https://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/services/human-resources/) and look for Job postings IDs IRC71118, IRC72211, IRC72212 and IRC72213.

For more information please contact Dr. Claudia López (lopezcl@ohsu.edu).

Craig Yoshioka and Claudia López (PNCC Co-Directors)

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