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Senior Research Scientist (Cancer Science Institute) 1

Date: 12-Sep-2022

Location: Kent Ridge Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

Are you a biomedical researcher motivated to pursue an outstanding career in cancer research with a focus on structural biology?

Cancer will affect more than 1 in 3 Singaporeans. At the Cancer Science Institute (CSI), our mission is to be at the global forefront of research to overcome this scourge. Our innovative international faculty, cutting-edge facilities, supportive working environment and competitive package together enable each of our staff to realize their maximum potential.

We now seek a Research Scientist/ Senior Research Scientist to join the team of Prof. Ashok Venkitaraman. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with a world-leading cancer researcher to undertake pioneering research on the role of genome instability in human carcinogenesis (eg., see Venkitaraman Science (2014) PMID:24675954 and Venkitaraman DNA Repair (2019) PMID:31337537).

This position will be jointly under Dr. Tan Yong Zi, who is an expert on single-particle cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) (see https://www.tyzlab.com/). His lab is a core member of the Centre for BioImaging Sciences' (CBIS), and have access to high-end cryo-EM microscopes, including a Titan Krios with K3 direct detector and energy filter. The aim of this joint position is to use cryo-EM to help solve the structures of many exciting cancer complexes to help with potential drug development.

Duties And Responsibilities

The position exists to provide

•    Optimisation and performance of structural biological related experiments and projects, particularly in the field of cryo-electron microscopy

•    Sample Vitrification:
o    Proteins will be produced separately, hence experience in protein production is not required, although favoured
o    Candidate will be responsible for optimisation of the vitrification of grids 
•    Data Collection:
o    Candidate will oversee collecting screening and high resolution cryo-EM data from the T12 and Krios 
•    Data analysis:
o    Candidate will oversee processing the data and producing cryo-EM maps from high resolution Krios data collections
o    Candidate will help setup the processing pipeline for CSI
•    Education:
o    Oversee training personnel from both CSI and Tan lab on cryo-EM

Qualifications

o    PhD in cryo-EM or structural biology related field
o    Firm understanding of the principles of cryo-EM 
o    Experience in single-particle cryo-EM sample vitrification, data collection and data processing
o    Good publication record
o    Excellent written and spoken English
o    Friendly and personable
 

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