R&D Staff Member, Physical Biochemistry

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Competitive salary, medical benefits, 401K match + pension, full relocation assistance
Jun 29, 2018
Jul 29, 2018
Work Function
Job Type
Full time


The Biosciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is focused on advancing science and technology to better understand complex biological systems and their relationship with the environment. The Division has expertise and special facilities in genomics, computational biology, microbiology, microbial ecology, biophysics and structural biology, and plant sciences.

The Biological and Nanoscale Systems Group is an interdisciplinary group that focuses on technology development with specific interests in biological imaging, biocompatible micro- and nanofabrication techniques, and synthetic biology. The group maintains comprehensive resources in molecular biology and in molecular and cellular imaging.  The team leverages off of the advanced fabrication capabilities of ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and the structural characterization abilities available at ORNL’s Neutron Science facilities.

We are seeking a full-time staff scientist. In this position you will be expected to lead independent research as well as collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to advance the physical and structural characterization of biological systems. Your primary focus area will be bioenergy related research. Your key responsibilities will be to develop and apply protein expression systems that lead to the structural-functional characterization of protein-ligand interactions, membrane proteins, and protein complexes.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

In this position you will:

  • Create and capitalize on scientific opportunities to build a productive scientific research program.
  • Integrate experimental measurements with computational and bioinformatic approaches and, in particular, develop techniques of relevance to plant and microbial systems.
  • Contribute to, and lead, the development of research proposals and oversee technical support staff, postdoctoral scientists and students working on a variety of projects.

 Qualifications Required:

  • PhD degree and postdoctoral training in the physical or biological sciences and a strong track record of scientific accomplishments.
  • Demonstrated ability to define and lead scientific research. 
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Expertise in protein biochemistry and associated molecular labeling and characterization.
  • Experience with biophysical and chemical characterization tools, bioanalytical techniques, protein production methods, general protein characterization assays, molecular biology techniques, and chemical synthesis.

Qualifications Preferred:

  •  Familiarity with microfluidics and imaging technologies and the ability to develop high throughput methods and integrated systems to express, purify and characterize engineered proteins are desired.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.