Open Positions

Open Positions

We value and support our current students,faculty, and staff but also strive to grow as new students and faculty take interest in what we have to offer. 

Review opportunites and open positions to join the MCB Community.

 [Undergraduate Student Job] Protein Chemistry and Automated X-ray Crystallography.

The Biophysical and Biochemistry Instrumentation Facility (PBIF) jointly with the Macromolecular Crystallography Facility (CAF) are seeking a highly talented and motivated undergraduate student preferably freshmen or sophomore to perform several tasks related to the daily functioning of both facilities such as: automated and manual dispensing of commercial screens, crystallography screenings, sample preparation and measurement, routine checking of instrumentation and general organization in both facilities. Students who aim to pursue either a PhD program or industry position after college are very encouraged to apply.

PBIF and CAF are located into Simon Hall building and they receive hundreds of users monthly. Both are equipped with state-of-art instrumentation facilitating research for many groups in Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments. Experience in the instrumentation is not expected, however motivation and multi-tasks skills are very welcome. Also, some computational skills are preferred such as: Microsoft Office use and Dream Weaver experience. Working hours are completely flexible but a total of 10 hours per week are expected to perform satisfactorily the job. Salary is commensurate with experience.

If you are interested in gaining experience in cutting-edge technologies in Protein Chemistry and Biophysical Instrumentation do not hesitate to apply. A one-page resume summarizing your skills and motivation should be emailed to Dr. Giovanni Gonzalez-Gutierrez at For further information about the facilities visit the webpages and .

Cryo-EM Postdoctoral Fellowships at Indiana University Bloomington

The Pallesen Lab ( in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Indiana University Bloomington invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships. We are currently looking for candidates in all areas of biochemistry, immunobiology and structural biology. Prior experience with cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) or -tomography (cryo-ET) is preferred, although not a prerequisite. This is a two-year position with an immediate start date and possibility for extension.

The Pallesen Lab studies molecular mechanisms pertaining to recognition and signal transfer in immunobiological interactions. We use a wealth of biochemical and biophysical techniques and our analyses revolve around state-of-the-art cryo-EM experimentation. We are pushing the envelope of cryo-EM structural characterization by implementing new and exciting methodologies into our workflows. Our lab is a RosettaCommons member and we have full access to our brand new TFS Talos Arctica electron microscope equipped with phase plates and both TFS Falcon 3 and Gatan K3 direct electron detectors. We also have access to three extramural TFS Titan Krios instruments. Our structural studies rely on well-established collaborations as well as immunobiological systems and protein complexes that we optimize ourselves and express in our in-house bioreactor setup.

Indiana University Bloomington is a large, top-ranked public university with more than 40,000 students on our accoladed limestone campus. Our department has very strong, diverse and supportive virology and biochemistry communities. Our facilities are extremely well-equipped and our group’s lab space is located on the top building floor overlooking our beautiful campus. The University has a strong athletics program competing in the Big10 conference and attracts many internationally acclaimed artists, musicians and dance companies to perform every year. Bloomington is a liberal and open-minded community located in the beautiful, forested rolling hills of Southern Indiana. Our town has a rich and diverse restaurant and nightlife scene and our surroundings offer countless outdoor activities such as waterskiing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and hiking.

Interested candidates with a PhD in biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry or a related field with relevant experience should submit their application at A strong background in biomolecular cryo-EM, protein expression and purification, and the characterization of immunobiological complexes is highly desirable. Candidates should be highly motivated, open to new approaches and techniques, and be able to tackle demanding challenges. A completed application includes a curriculum vitae, and a brief summary of past research experience. The applicant should also arrange the submission of two or more recommendation letters. Applications will be reviewed starting immediately and those received by June 1, 2019 will receive full consideration and the review will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Suzanne Schwartz, ( or Professor Jesper Pallesen, (

Salary range starts at $45,000 (minimum salary =$40K) annually and is commensurate with experience. The university offers excellent health insurance and benefits. Detailed benefit information can be found at


The Department of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry and the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University are committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. 

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. 



Diverse Faculty

We are growing, and now have 13 faculty at various ranks. Our faculty utilize a diverse range of model organisms to address a similarly broad range of interests including virus structure and infection processes, protein homeostasis, signal transduction, gene regulation and DNA repair and replication mechanisms.

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