Research Associate for the Project “Single particle protein structural dynamics using XFEL radiation” § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

 In this project, gold nanorods will be utilized to track the dynamics of ion channels. By using XFEL radiation, the dynamics of these membrane proteins will be probed on the single molecule level. Duties include the synthesis and characterization of gold nanorods, and the functionalization of ion channel proteins. The project is part the Röntgen-Ångström Cluster (RÅC), a Swedish-German research collaboration in the fields of materials science and structural biology that aims to strengthen research at synchrotron and neutron radiation sources. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with German and Swedish research partners, located in Hamburg and in Gothenburg.

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Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

A doctoral degree is desired.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong background in nanochemistry or nanoscience. Previous knowledge in chemical synthesis (solution-based) and characterization of anisotropic (rod-like) nanoparticles is required. Previous knowledge in the application of synchrotron-based X-ray methods for the characterization of nanoparticles and nanomaterials is highly desired, for example expertise in X-ray scattering methods, and experience and/or participation in experiments at synchrotrons/XFELs. Knowledge in Python and data management is desirable. Moreover, experience in protein chemistry is desirable. The candidate should have a proven track record of successfully contributing to collaborative research projects. The candidate should enjoy working in an interdisciplinary team environment, and should have very good communication skills. Participation in joint meetings with the collaboration partners of the Röntgen-Ångström Cluster consortium is required.

We offer

Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
Continuing education opportunities
University pensions
Attractive location
Flexible working hours
Work-life balance opportunities
Health management

Educational leave

30 days of vacation per annum

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

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