Scientist (m/f/d)

INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken

We are looking for a

Scientist (m/f/d)

with a PhD in physics, biophysics, biochemistry or life sciences for research on protein structure analysis using a graphene liquid cell for electron microscopy.

The Innovative Electron Microscopy group at INM is world-leading in liquid-phase scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Recent advances in graphene liquid cells for electron microscopy have made it possible to directly image protein structure in liquid. Unexpectedly, radiation damage effects were much smaller than for conventional electron microscopy. We are now looking for a scientist who will further develop the methods of protein structure analysis in liquid involving both direct imaging and diffraction techniques, and who will explore the possibility of studying the dynamics of protein structure. Resolving protein structure in liquid has key relevance of the life sciences aiding the understanding of protein function, for example, the role of disordered proteins, and with key relevance for understanding processes in diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer.

The project includes basic research on (dynamic) protein structure, analyzing data, writing scientific publications, contributing to the development of the graphene liquid cell and the involved microscopy techniques. You will actively participate in the research activities of the group in close collaboration with other team members. In addition, you will contribute to the supervision of our electron microscopy facility including an aberration corrected TEM/STEM (ARM200, JEOL).

The successful candidate has a PhD in physics, biophysics, biochemistry or life sciences. The demonstrated ability to write high-quality scientific papers as first author is a must. A specific requirement for this position is in-depth knowledge of and practical experience with transmission electron microscopy. Experience with research on protein structure, diffraction techniques, or liquid phase electron microscopy are a plus. The candidate is a team player with an open mind for unconventional ideas. The ideal candidate shows a strong motivation for science and excellent writing and oral communication skills in English, and proficient communication skills in German.

INM is an equal-opportunity employer with a certified family-friendly policy. We promote the professional opportunities of women and strongly encourage them to apply. Full time jobs can be generally divided.

Please send your motivation letter via email to the attention of Prof. Niels de Jonge including a detailed CV and a reference letter not later than September 30, 2020. The attachment should be a single pdf-file less than 5 MB to diana.loeb(at)leibniz-inm.de.

Reference: “Postdoc position: liquid phase electron microscopy of protein structure”

Group website: https://www.leibniz-inm.de/en/innovative-electron-microscopy/

INM – Leibniz-Institut fuer Neue Materialien gGmbH

Campus D2 2

66123 Saarbrücken


Prof. Dr. Niels de Jonge, Head of Innovative Electron Microscopy