Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Tempe, Arizona (US)
52,704.00 per year
September 17 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Location: Tempe, Arizona

Open Date: Sep 4, 2020


Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar within our Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics.

The BIOmolecular Nanosystems with ever-Increasing Complexity & Size LABoratory (BIONICS LAB), also known as the Hariadi lab,  is eager to recruit a postdoc that are interested in a multi-disciplinary approach to studying non-equilibrium dynamics of biomolecular systems.


We are an energetic lab supported by an NIH Director's New Innovator Award of $1.5M and other grants. Our lab is part of a tightly-integrated research team at the Biodesign Institute and the Center for Biological Physics at ASU. We are recruiting postdoctoral candidates to launch our science to the next level!


We use a multidisciplinary approach to dissect biophysical processes involved in disease pathogenesis, such as (i) actin-myosin interactions, (ii) intracellular parasite invasion (e.g., Toxoplasma), and (iii) viral infections. These projects leverage our unique expertise in DNA origami nanotechnology, protein engineering, microscopy, and single-molecule biophysics. The DNA origami scaffolds can be used to simultaneously (i) arrange proteins or viral particles at molecular resolution and (ii) induce, tune, and measure the tension across proteins of interest. If successful, these projects will provide more evidence of mechanical forces as a fundamental factor, in controlling biological functions with implications in science and medicine.

Essential Duties

Specific research goals will be discussed with and agreed on by the Principal Investigator.

  • Responsibilities of the Postdoc position in Biological Physics include (i) taking a primary role in ongoing optical microscopy development projects and (ii) leading and/or participating in projects on studying protein structures and functions under tension using single-molecule FRET and cryo-EM.
  • Responsibilities of the Postdoc position in Molecular Biology or Protein Biochemistry include (i) leading projects on the structural and functional study of proteins under tension and (ii) leading and/or participating in projects on protein expression. 


The postdoc will have intellectual freedom to develop new projects and new collaborations according to their academic aspirations.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. by December 31, 2020 in Physics, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry or a related field to be considered. Candidate should have obtained their Ph.D. no more than 5 years ago.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Have expertise in at least one of these areas: (i) DNA nanotechnology, (ii) super-resolution microscopy, (iii) molecular biology (e.g., cytoskeleton, molecular motors), (iv) cryo electron microscopy, (v) membrane biophysics, and (vi) virology. 
  • Some computational/analytical skills would be a distinct advantage.

Application Instructions

Applicants are responsible for including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in the application through the Interfolio website. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

Application deadline is October 15, 2020.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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