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Intermediate to Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Title Intermediate to Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Search # EN-0021-23
Department Materials Science and Engineering
Status Accepting Applications
Position Summary

Boise State University invites interested applicants for the position of Postdoctoral Research Scientist to join us in our quest toward becoming a Metropolitan Research University of Distinction. The purpose of this position is to help establish Boise State University as a national leader in DNA nanotechnology for biomedical applications. National leadership requires: (1) accomplishing the goals, objectives, and specific aims of existing grants that include support from the W.M. Keck Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, (2) publishing the results of existing grants in high impact journals such as Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Science, or PNAS, and (3) securing preliminary data for future proposals that include but are not limited to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and the Canary Foundation.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct DNA nanotechnology research by designing, synthesizing, and characterizing DNA-based chemical reaction networks and molecular machines for biomedical applications. DNA-based chemical reaction networks require the development of molecular components that self-assemble into integrated chemical circuits capable of performing amplification of nucleic acids for disease detection. In comparison, DNA-based molecular machines merge chemical/mechanical work with programmable biological function for in-vivo medical applications. 
  • Publish research in high impact journals such as Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Science, or PNAS. Patent in the area of DNA nanotechnology. Give research talks at national and international conferences.
  • Collaborate with faculty from engineering and the sciences to conduct research and publish results.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in DNA nanotechnology or related fields that include but are not limited to biophysics, materials science, computer science, molecular biology, cancer biology, and biomedical engineering.
  • Very strong analytical and data analysis skills in the area of DNA nanotechnology.
  • Very strong problem solving skills and laboratory skills in the area of DNA nanotechnology.
  • Other skills include computer programming and journal publishing.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Boise State University offers an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, retirement plan, reduced tuition benefits, 24 days vacation leave and 12 days sick leave annually, plus 10 paid holidays, as well as other benefits.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and contact information for at least three professional references. Application materials should be emailed in a single PDF to (preferred method) or mailed to:

Search Committee
Search # EN-0021-23
Materials Science and Engineering Department
Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID  83725-2090

Close Date Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2013 and will continue until finalists are identified. Applications received after that point may be considered if the position is not filled from the finalist pool.
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