Postdoctoral Fellow in Biophysics

Harvard University
Physics Dept., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Salary range dependent on experience and skills, up to $45,000/year plus benefits
February 04 2021
MP PD 2021
Position Type
Full Time
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Harvard University, Department of Physics

Postdoctoral Position in Biophysics
Location: Cambridge, MA 02138

Application deadline: April 1, 2021

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the Physics Department in the field of biophysics, biochemistry and biology. The successful applicant will work in Prof. Mara Prentiss’ group at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, performing experimental studies of RecA family protein mediated homologous recombination in collaboration with groups in the Biology Department at Northeastern University and the IBPC in Paris.

The collaboration uses a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how double strand breaks are repaired, and how that repair process provides insight into self-assembling systems. The postdoctoral scholar will carry out research related to DNA protein interactions monitored using bulk and single molecule techniques. Candidates should have basic training in molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry techniques, and experience in designing and executing in vitro and in vivo experiments. Candidates with experience performing bacterial culture for protein expression and cloning, protein purification using chromatography systems, protein characterization using SDS-PAGE, UV-Vis., and fluorescence spectroscopy, as well as running in vitro and cellular assays to evaluate the activity of proteins will be preferred in the selection process. The appointment duration is up to three years, with reappointment contingent upon funding and research collaboration.

Applications should be submitted to Barbara Drauschke, and consist of a letter of application, CV, and a statement of research interest. Applicants should also send a statement of the applicant's previous or proposed efforts to improve diversity in science. Also required are three letters of recommendation from senior scientists who know your work.

Application review will begin on the 2nd of February and continue until the position is filled. The appointment is contingent upon completion of a Ph.D. The successful candidate could start work on June 1, 2021, though the start date is negotiable and subject to change based on the ongoing COVID pandemic. Candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Prentiss to discuss any special circumstances they may be facing in this regard.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items via email to complete your application:


  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research statement
  • Publication list
  • Three reference letters

Further Info:


Barbara Drauschke




Harvard Physics Department
17 Oxford Street


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