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Assistant, Associate, or Full Project Scientist - Chemical and/or Synthetic Biology

Employer
NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials
Location
Berkeley, California
Salary
The current base salary range for this position is $68,400 –$180,200
Closing date
Aug 6, 2023

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Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological, Biotechnical, Microbiological, Organic
Work Function
Research-Basic
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

The NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials (C-GEM) is seeking a Project Scientist at UC Berkeley to contribute to a spectacular interdisciplinary collaboration focused on expanding the chemical and functional potential of the proteome. The successful applicant will play key roles in the design, synthesis, structural analysis, evolution, and/or application of next-gen materials and biologics prepared in cells using the translational apparatus as a molecular catalyst. The position is affiliated with the Schepartz laboratory (Departments of Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology) and offers unlimited opportunity to engage with all C-GEM members.

This position involves the design and execution of experiments, as well as data management, data analysis, manuscript preparation, oral presentations, and contributions to grant proposals and progress reports. It offers extensive opportunities for mentorship of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-baccalaureate researchers, as well as public outreach through community and citizen science programs.

Recent C-GEM advances include the identification of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases that accept an array of exotic non-alpha amino acid monomers (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-023-01224-y), elucidating the structures of aminobenzoic acid monomers in the peptidyl transferase center of wild type ribosomes (https://doi.org/10.1021/acscentsci.3c00153), and the use of RiPP biosynthetic enzymes to modify protein and peptide backbones (https://doi.org/10.1021/acscentsci.1c01577).   

Company

The NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials (C-GEM) seeks to repurpose the cellular translational apparatus to establish a fundamentally new form of chemical matter - sequence-defined chemical polymers.

C-GEM is an NSF Center for Chemical Innovation led by Professor Alanna Schepartz at UC Berkeley, with investigators at Berkeley, Boston College, Cornell, U Minnesota, St. Jude, and Yale. C-GEM also collaborates with citizen scientists to design new RNAs through the scientific discovery game Eterna.

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Website
Telephone
(510) 664-5269
Location
497 Tan Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley
CA
94608
US

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