Postdoctoral Research Scholar in XFEL Crystallography

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

Job posting number: #7076422 (Ref:16708)

Posted: March 25, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

The Department of Physics at Arizona State University seeks applicants for a postdoctoral research scholar to work in the field of data analysis for time-resolved diffraction data collected from protein microcrystals at X-ray lasers, and the development of new algorithms for that and related purposes. The initial appointment is being made on a fiscal year, full-time appointment for one year with subsequent annual renewal for up to two additional years contingent upon mutual interest, satisfactory performance, the needs of the university, and availability of resources. Preferred start date is August 2021. Candidates must be within five years from receipt of their doctoral degree.

The successful applicant will work with the National Science Foundation's BioXFEL Science and Technology Center (STC) (, a consortium of six US campuses devoted to the application and development of X-ray lasers for biology. This supports the research programs of seven faculty at ASU, where a compact campus XFEL is under construction. He/she will work under the supervision of Professor Uwe Weierstall and Professor John Spence, and collaborate with other BioXFEL faculty, while also conducting original research and participating in beamtimes at XFELs worldwide.

Minimum qualifications: Applicants should hold a doctorate or equivalent degree in a relevant field of science, such as physics, biophysics, biochemistry or chemistry by the time of appointment.

Desired qualifications: Expertise in the field of crystallographic data analysis (preferably protein crystallography), proficiency working in a UNIX environment. Previous programming experience is considered an asset.

ASU is situated near Phoenix, Arizona, and is one of the largest universities in the United States. Recently ranked as one of the top 100 research universities in the world, its 40 Physics department faculty work mainly in Biophysics, Nano and Materials Science, Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, and hold many honors ( It is also home to the Beyond Center for fundamental questions in science (
To apply, please send electronically to the following materials: (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a publication list, (4) a detailed summary of research experience and interests, and (5) 3 reference letters. For more information about the position, contact John Spence, .
The initial review of applications will begin July 5, 2021, if not filled; applications will be reviewed every week thereafter until the search is closed.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ( at ASU values cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the College diversity of the academic community.

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