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.

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Assistant Professors in Chromosome Biology and Cryo-Electron Microscopy

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (MCB) at Indiana University invites applications for two positions beginning August 2020 at the rank of Assistant Professor. The first position is for biochemists who employ structural or single-molecule approaches to study chromosome biology. The second position is for candidates in all areas of biochemistry who use cryo-electron microscopy as a primary tool and the position holder will be affiliated with Indiana University’s emerging Center for Chemical Biology and Biotherapeutics (C2B2) organized under the Precision Health Initiative (PHI; https://grandchallenges.iu.edu/precisionhealth/index.html
index.html) in collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine. A Ph.D. in biochemistry, chemistry or a related field with relevant postdoctoral experience are required. Successful candidates will be expected to develop or already have a visible, externally funded research program. Primary teaching assignments will involve undergraduate and graduate level
biochemistry or related courses in the molecular life sciences.

  • Interested candidates for Chromosome Biology position should submit their application
    at (https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/8399).
  • Interested candidates for Cryo-Electron Microscopy position should submit their
    application at (https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/8483).
  • A completed application includes a curriculum vitae, a summary of future research plans. The applicant should also arrange the submission of four letters of recommendations addressed to
    Chair, Faculty Search Committee.

Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Suzanne Schwartz  mcbdept@indiana.edu

Applications received by November 15, 2019 will receive full consideration; later applicants will also be considered until the position is filled. The College of Arts and Sciences is 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, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


TWO POSTDOC POSITIONS IN DNA REPLICATION AND CHROMOSOME ARCHITECTURE:
(Steve D. Bell Lab, Indiana University, Bloomington)

Two full-time NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are available in Steve Bell’s lab, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington. Our lab conducts research on the machineries that effect DNA replication and sculpt genome conformation. We exploit a model organism, Sulfolobus to perform our work (see http://www.indiana.edu/~sbelllab/site/home.html).

The first position will focus on identifying the mechanisms that effect coordinate control of DNA replication initiation from the multiple replication origins in the Sulfolobus chromosome.

The second position will investigate the function and architecture of the Sulfolobus genome. We have recently described the low-resolution structure of the Sulfolobus genome (Takemata et al., Cell, 2019). We will build on those preliminary data to determine the molecular basis of the establishment and maintenance of the compartmentalized genome architecture.

Both projects will involve a series of biochemical, genetic and protein structure-based approaches.

We seek two collegial, self-motivated, independent, and intellectually curious individuals who by the time of appointment should have PhDs in molecular biology, microbial genetics, biochemistry, or a related field. Applicants for either position must have strong bench skills, and familiarity with techniques such as cloning, qPCR, recombinant protein purification, and the bioinformatic analyses of next-gen sequencing data is strongly desirable (though training in these techniques will also be provided as necessary). In addition, candidates must have demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Experience working with archaea is helpful but not required. Both positions are initially available for 12 months, with possible extension for a further three years. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and full benefits are included.

• To apply for the first position (DNA Replication), please submit a letter of application indicating which position is being applied for, a CV, a statement of research interests, and the contact information for three references to https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/8874

• To apply for the second position (Chromosome architecture), please submit a letter of application indicating which position is being applied for, a CV, a statement of research interests, and the contact information for three references to https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/8876

Best consideration date is Dec.1, 2019. Exact start date is flexible. Inquiries about either position can be directed to Steve Bell (stedbell@indiana.edu).

The College of Arts and Sciences is 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, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


 [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 giovgonz@indiana.edu. For further information about the facilities visit the webpages http://www.indiana.edu/~iumcf and http://www.indiana.edu/~physbio.


The Department of Molecular and 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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