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
November 05 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
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The Nucleic Acid Memory Institute, within the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University, is seeking a postdoctoral research scientist with a background in super-resolution microscopy, physics and/or optics. The postdoctoral research scientist will be an integral member 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). In support of this research, we are seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to develop next generation super-resolution light microscopes to enable sub-5 nanometer imaging in 3D and 4D. These lens-based systems with high spatial and temporal resolution allow minimal invasive imaging of NAM. Special effort will be dedicated to (1) the design of new methodologies for single molecule localization microscopy (SMLM, such as STORM and PAINT), (2) understanding and addressing resolution limitations under various imaging conditions and NAM configurations, and (3) the application of super-resolution microscopy to study NAM architecture with links to the fields of epigenetics, developmental biology, and DNA sequencing.


  • Ph.D. in Physics, Optics, Electrical Engineering, Biophysics, or Biomedical Engineering
  • Experience with fluorescence microscopy, super resolution microscopy, and/or single molecule imaging
  • Experience developing microscopy techniques, such as optical, fluorescence, and/or scanning probe microscopy, will be an asset 
  • Experience with MATLAB or ImageJ or other scientific programming languages
  • Excellent team working and communication skills

To Apply

Qualified applicants should apply online on the Boise State University employment website at Include the following documents combined into a single PDF:

  1. one-page cover letter
  2. one-page statement of research interests
  3. curriculum vitae
  4. information for at least three professional references

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

About the University, School, and Institute

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.

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.

About Boise

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.