Research Associate-Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Position Summary

Postdoctoral position in the Hoogstraten lab to study the biophysics of RNA recognition and tertiary interface formation.

Depending on interest and experience, projects will involve some combination of: 

    • NMR spin relaxation and CEST analyses of functional minor conformations (“invisible states”) in RNA recognition and catalysis; 
    • Biophysical (including ITC and/or SPR) and biochemical analyses of RNA structure-dynamics-function relationships; and
    • Advanced molecular dynamics techniques as applied to low-probability sampling and tertiary interface formation. 

In addition to performing research, the postdoc will be expected to mentor junior lab members, help maintain laboratory equipment and protocols, participate in collaborative projects, write up results for publication, and present results at regional and national meetings.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biophysics or related field.

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biophysics, or other appropriate related field.


Desired Qualifications

Experience, demonstrated by publications and manuscripts, in one or more of the following: Multidimensional NMR spectroscopy, RNA biochemistry and biophysics, detailed analysis of macromolecular binding and recognition, and contemporary molecular dynamics simulations.

Required Application Materials

C.V., letter of interest, and copies of any manuscripts in press or submitted that are listed on c.v.

Names and contact information for 3 professional references.


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