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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Offsite Cryo-EM Microscopist and Biochemist in PORTLAND, Oregon

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309870

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

Group: Biosystems, Dynamics & Simulation

Job Description

This position is responsible for providing cryo-EM user support for the Pacific Northwest Center for Cryo-EM - a NIH funded cryo-EM center that is a collaboration between Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oregon Health Sciences University.

This position is an offsite assignment in Portland, Oregon where the incumbent will be working directly with OHSU and PNNL staff as well as a diverse external user base. Activities include

  • Demonstrated substantial experience utilizing transmission electron microscopes and developing cryo sample preparation, imaging and analysis methodologies

  • Strong working knowledge of instrumentation and techniques used in structural biology and biochemistry laboratories

  • Demonstrated ability to learn new and innovative procedures quickly

  • Ability to multi-task efficiently and time management

  • Well organized, dependable and work as a team member to accomplish research goals

  • Maintain a high level of professional expertise through familiarity with current scientific literature

  • Ability to multi-task efficiently and demonstrate good time management skills

  • Excellent communication skills with strong ability to organize, document and analyze research data

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member to accomplish research goals

  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic computer software for data generation and record keeping

  • Experience managing a laboratory supply inventory, reagent preparation, and waste disposal

  • Experience handling chemical and biologically hazardous materials

  • Ability to follow lab safety regulations and lab compliance protocols

  • This position also requires that the incumbent be knowledgeable in the centers research capabilities available to users and maintain a broad level of knowledge about the requirements for access to the instruments via the proposal process and security requirements.

  • The incumbent must maintain effective communication with the center staff and help resolve issues of varying complexity.

  • The incumbent will be responsible for sound, independent judgment and will have decision making authority as it relates to existing policy and processes.

  • Although this job is full-time in Portland, OR, the first week of employment will be spent in Richland, WA for onsite training and familiarity with PNNL processes. This temporary visit will be considered business travel and reimbursed accordingly.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 5 years of experience MS/MA with 3 years of experience PhD with 1 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD or MS/MA with relevant experience with cryo-EM and biochemistry preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience as a lead/key contributor for projects and/or tasks.

  • Demonstrated experience initiating projects, planning, and working independently to complete projects. Demonstrated strong organizational skills.

  • Computer skills, including word processing, web searching, database entry, spreadsheet and/or database creation.

  • Able to work under pressure of deadlines, frequent interruptions, and changing priorities.

  • Research experience in structural biology

  • 3+ years experience in cryo-EM (single particle, micro-ED, tomography)

  • Previous experience using FEI Titan Krios with energy filter, phase plate and direct electron detectors.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Biosystms Dynamics & Simula

Opening Date: 2019-09-25

Closing Date: 2019-11-04