Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Nucleic Acid Memory Institute - Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering Boise State Univ
Boise, Idaho
Up to $55,000 per year plus benefits
September 21 2018
Position Type
Full Time
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The Nucleic Acid Memory Institute, within the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE) at Boise State University, is seeking multiple postdoctoral research scientists with strong experimental, analytical, and/or computational skills in the area of DNA nanotechnology. The postdoctoral research scientists will be integral members of a multidisciplinary research team dedicated to becoming global leaders in the research, development, and education of nucleic acid memory (NAM).
Our vision is to pioneer a digital data storage paradigm by designing, building, and testing accessible, editable, and non-volatile NAM technologies that are inspired by DNA circuits and made possible by our innovations in DNA nanotechnology, optical physics, as well as the materials, biological, and computational sciences.

This nationally competitive funded research (NSF Award ECCS-1807809), will focus on designing, synthesizing, and characterizing functional DNA nanostructures for applications in nucleic acid memory. The nanostructures will form the foundation for two NAM storage prototypes: digital NAM (dNAM) and sequence NAM (seqNAM). Specifically, we are seeking postdoctoral research scientists that have a strong publication record demonstrating the ability to perform one or more of the following:

  • design nucleic acid sequences using state-of-the-art computational and simulation tools,
  • design and build computational tools that facilitate the design and optimization of DNA nanostructures for information storage and other purposes,
  • design, build, and validate genomic DNA using synthetic biology approaches,
  • design, synthesize, and characterize DNA nanostructures,
  • identify, purify, and extract nucleic acids and DNA nanostructures using agarose gel electrophoresis and/or ultracentrifugation,
  • characterize DNA nanostructures using atomic force microscopy in fluid,
  • characterize DNA nanostructures using DNA-PAINT (Exchange-PAINT) super-resolution microscopy,
  • characterize nucleic acid and DNA nanostructure hybridization and invasion reaction kinetics using fluorescence and/or absorption spectroscopy.

Candidates with a doctoral degree in biophysics, materials science, computer science, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, or a closely related field with extensive research experience in DNA nanotechnology are highly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be supported by a team committed to their professional development — from project management and leadership training to promoting innovation, ideation, and collaboration leading to first-authored publications in top-tier journals and international patents that are industrially relevant.

Qualified applicants should apply online on the Boise State employment website and include a (1) one-page cover letter, (2) one-page statement of research interests, (3) curriculum vitae, and (4) information for at least three professional references combined into a single PDF.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions (2) are filled.

Boise State University is the largest university in Idaho, with an enrollment of over 20,000 students. As a metropolitan research university of distinction, Boise State offers an array of undergraduate and graduate degrees and experiences that foster student success, lifelong learning, community engagement, innovation, and creativity. Located in Idaho’s capital city and largest metropolitan area, Boise State serves as the government, business, high-tech, economic, and cultural center of the state.

The Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering is one of the fastest growing materials research programs in the nation. With strong support from the state, community, and the regional high-tech industry, the School is home to one of the largest Ph.D. programs in Idaho. A recent Micron Foundation gift of $25M for the establishment of the Micron Center for Materials Research underscores the investment being made to advance materials research at Boise State.

The NAM Institute was established in 2018 through the Idaho State Board of Education’s Higher Education Research Council. The mission of the Institute is to pioneer nucleic acid memory as a viable commercial DNA-based nanotechnology in the United States. The Institute is co-chaired by senior
leadership from the Semiconductor Research Corporation and Micron Technology, who is a global leader in memory manufacturing.

Located along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and ranked in the top 25 on Forbes’ 2017 list of the best cities for young professionals, Boise provides a vibrant downtown with unlimited cultural and recreational opportunities ranging from art and dining to world-class whitewater, skiing, mountain
biking, road cycling, running, hiking, climbing, fishing, and camping. Among the fastest growing cities in the United States, Boise is considered a premier place to work, live, and play.

Boise State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Boise State University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. As a federal contractor, the University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. View Boise State's complete Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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