The Vaiana Lab @ Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking a postdoctoral scholar, expert in laser spectroscopy and optics, for experimental work in the area of biophysics. Start date as early as Summer 2018. Project: Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are one of the most exciting systems in biophysics and physical chemistry. They pose fundamental challenges and are of key biomedical interest. Unlike folded proteins, IDPs function in highly disordered states that drive, for example, the formation of membrane-less organelles. The candidate will apply unique laser spectroscopy methods developed in our lab, to study Intrinsically Disordered Protein conformational dynamics, binding and phase separation, while working in close collaboration with an international team of experimentalists, theorists and computational groups. Salary and benefit package are competitive. The position is for one year and renewable for additional years, with funding available from NIH for up to 5 years.

Essential functions of the position:

  • Apply and develop laser-pump and other spectroscopic methods to study Intrinsically Disordered Proteins of biomedical interest
  • Write technical reports and manuscripts
  • Supervise/run laboratory maintenance operations.

Essential skills/qualifications

  • A Ph.D. completed 5 or fewer years ago in physical chemistry, physics, biophysics, chemistry, optical/electronic engineering, or related areas.
  • Expertise in laser spectroscopy and optics. Demonstrated ability to work with high power lasers (pulsed or cw) and other optical instrumentation.
  • Expertise in hardware/software interfacing and troubleshooting electronic problems.
  • Demonstrated verbal/written communication and ability to author technical and scientific reports and publications, and deliver scientific presentations.

Desired skills/experience

  • LabVIEW and MATLAB programming
  • Experience in one or more of the following is a plus: preparing polymer or protein solutions/protein purification; polymer/protein dynamics; physical chemistry and statistical mechanics of liquids.

To apply, please submit as a single PDF document: (1) a cover letter, which includes the names and email addresses of three references, (2) a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, (3) a statement of research experience, with a list of the type of instrumentation developed and/or worked with and your specific role in it.

If you have any questions about the position, please email

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 3, 2018; if not filled, every day thereafter until the search is closed.  A background check is required for employment. 

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. 


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