A post-doctoral position is available at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) in Gaithersburg, MD in conjunction with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park to develop autonomous measurement capabilities that leverage next-generation neutron instrumentation to map the interactions between peptides and lipid membranes. The ultimate goal is to enable rapid discovery and optimization of peptides with desired membrane-targeting properties, with applications to antimicrobial therapeutics, drug delivery, and novel vaccine formulations.
We are looking for a talented and highly motivated candidate with experience in surface characterization or autonomous experimentation, who is interested in developing high-throughput autonomous measurements. The project involves collaboration with a multidisciplinary team in biology and data science and involves peptide/membrane interactions, liquid flow cell design, neutron scattering, benchtop characterization techniques (e.g. SPR, QCM-D, FTIR), and Bayesian data analysis. Experience in neutron scattering is not required. The position is available immediately, but the starting date can be negotiated.
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