Research Associate - City University of New York, NY, USA

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posted: November 2, 2009

A career opportunity is open at the City University of New York

Title Research Associate in the CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies (MMA) Location/Department Science Division, CCNY

Position Detail

  • Research Associate, start date September 1, 2009
  • FLSA Status Non-exempt
  • Compensation $40,000 - $80,000
  • College Web Site
  • Closing Date Open until filled.

Position Description and Duties

Building upon current research strengths, the City University of New York has established the Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies (MMA), positioned at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics and engineering to address both fundamental and applied questions at the frontier of life sciences research. Based at the MMA’s City College home campus and the New York Structural Biology Center in Manhattan, the Research Associate will report to the Institute Director and have responsibilities as follows:

  • Managing a 10-person research team working in the areas of molecular biophysics of lipid transport, structure and development of protective plant polymers, molecular structure of fungal melanins, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology;
  • Investigating interactions of fatty acid-binding proteins with peroxisome proliferators and model membranes, including engineering and production of proteins enriched with stable isotopes and high-field NMR studies of macromolecular structure;
  • Training and mentoring team members to express and purify proteins, to assess their interactions, and to do multidimensional NMR spectroscopy;
  • Designing and conducting self-initiated research projects within the scope of MMA activities;
  • Assisting with the preparation of external grant applications and manuscripts for publication;
  • Organizing MMA research workshops and tutorials at CCNY;
  • Serving as technical liaison to the Institute director, participating faculty, core facility managers, Science Division information technology staff, Institute Executive Administrative Assistant

Qualification Requirements

A Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, or allied fields, with one or more years of postdoctoral experience, is required. Scientific expertise is required in one or more of the following areas: protein overexpression and purification, biomolecular NMR spectroscopy and structure determination, biophysical measurements.

The ideal staff candidate will also have:

  • Experience in research laboratory management, including training, mentoring, and supervision of Ph.D. students;
  • Experience with biomolecular NMR protocols on Varian and Bruker spectrometers, computational structural analysis and visualization;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to foster technical support, proactive troubleshooting, interchange of ideas, and scientific productivity;
  • Initiative, self-motivation, resourcefulness, sound judgment, professionalism;
  • Ability to work well with faculty, students and co-workers

The City College of New York has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals, including women and under-represented groups. Upon request, reasonable accommodations can be provided for individuals with disabilities.

All candidates must provide documentation to prove employment eligibility in compliance with IRCA.

Additional information on the MMA and the specific research projects may be found at the following websites:,

How to apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and three reference letters to:

Research Associate Search Committee (PVN# JR 366)
c/o Ms. Lauren Gohara
CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies
160 Convent Avenue, MR-1208B
New York, New York 10031
The City University of New York

CUNY is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Immigration Reform and Control Act/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer

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