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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The College of Science and Engineering and the Chemistry Department support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

This postdoctoral fellowship is split into a research component and a teaching component. The research component of this postdoctoral fellowship is projected as a 0.75 full-time appointment with multiple years of guaranteed funding. The remainder of this appointment would be as an instructor, which would consist of the equivalent of teaching for one academic quarter per year in either general, organic or biochemistry. This position may be ideally suited for a postdoctoral fellow interested in a tenure-track position at a liberal arts school that values both teaching and research efforts.

Prof. P. Clint Spiegel’s laboratory investigates the structure and function of blood coagulation factor VIII and various factor VIII-containing protein complexes that exist in circulation. These efforts have resulted in detailed descriptions of the atomic structure of factor VIII, how factor VIII binds to activated platelet surfaces at the site of vascular injury, and how factor VIII is recognized by antibody inhibitors that result from hemophilia A treatment.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Structural Biology for Antibody Recognition of Factor VIII Protein
    • Perform structural biology methods including x-ray crystallography, SAXS, recombinant protein expression, purification and analysis, and generation of murine monoclonal antibody from extant hybridoma cell lines, to obtain recognition of factor VIII protein.
  • Interface with collaborators who are experts in factor VIII biochemistry, hemophilia A treatment, and gene therapy approaches. 
  • Analyze data, summarize results
  • Prepare posters and manuscripts for conferences and publications
  • Supervise and assist undergraduates in the laboratory
  • Assist with day-to-day management of the laboratory
Required Qualifications
  • PhD in Biochemistry with a strong experimental expertise in protein biochemistry, molecular biology and/or structural biology
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate in a laboratory environment with undergraduate research students.
  • Strong scientific writing skills and experience writing manuscripts, grants, or similar works.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse students and colleagues
  • Commitment to contribute to the department's mission to support underrepresented students.
  • Prior experience in either X-ray crystallography or cryoelectron microscopy
  • Experience with mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references who may speak to your demonstrated laboratory experience and potential in research.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins October 6, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

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