University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, CA

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Plant and Microbial Biology

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Diffractive Imaging Postdoctoral Scientist Opportunity in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley

We have an unprecedented opportunity to study organelle-scale biological complexes by diffractive imaging, specifically the bacterial carboxysome responsible for carbon fixation. While previous imaging work was confined to electron microscopy, femtosecond X-ray free-electron lasers now permit a diffract-and-destroy approach to single particle work. This postdoctoral position will support the image reconstruction effort, using data acquired at the Linac Coherent Light Source. Algorithms to be implemented include image classification, particle orientation, and phase retrieval. Challenges of scale must be addressed, as the datasets exceed (100 Terebytes). Incumbent will also work closely with scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


Recent Ph.D. in computational biophysics or related field.

Theoretical understanding of X-ray diffraction.

Experience with Single particle reconstruction methods.

Experience with Large scale algorithm implementation.

Communicate clearly while working in a large scientific team.

Knowledge of standard programming methods with Python/C++ in a UNIX environment.

This position has a base full-time salary of $39,264, per year, commensurate with experience, and it scheduled to begin as soon as possible. This is a one-year term position with the opportunity for renewal dependent upon job performance.

The total duration of an individual s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at other institutions.

Applicants who have previously applied do not need to reapply.

To Apply: Send letter of interest and CV to ,

Application deadline: Open until filled

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity. Applicants should ask referees to review the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality found at

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