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NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials
Berkeley, CA, United States (on-site)
1 day ago
NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials
Berkeley, California, United States (on-site)
1 day ago


The NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials (C-GEM) is seeking a Project Scientist at UC Berkeley to contribute to a spectacular interdisciplinary collaboration focused on expanding the chemical and functional potential of the proteome. The successful applicant will play key roles in the design, synthesis, structural analysis, evolution, and/or application of next-gen materials and biologics prepared in cells using the translational apparatus as a molecular catalyst. The position is affiliated with the Schepartz laboratory (Departments of Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology) and offers unlimited opportunity to engage with all C-GEM members.

This position involves the design and execution of experiments, as well as data management, data analysis, manuscript preparation, oral presentations, and contributions to grant proposals and progress reports. It offers extensive opportunities for mentorship of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-baccalaureate researchers, as well as public outreach through community and citizen science programs.

Recent C-GEM advances include the identification of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases that accept an array of exotic non-alpha amino acid monomers, elucidating the structures of aminobenzoic acid monomers in the peptidyl transferase center of wild type ribosomes, and the use of RiPP biosynthetic enzymes to modify protein and peptide backbones.   

The Schepartz lab is a multidisciplinary and diverse environment with a long-standing interest in the therapeutic potential and cellular delivery of peptides, proteins, and protein-like biomaterials. We welcome scientists regardless of background, race, religion, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender, and we work to ensure that all individuals are championed and defended.

UC Berkeley was rated the number one public university in the US for 2022, with the Department of Chemistry rated the best program for chemistry in the world in 2019. Since 1946, UC Berkeley has won 8 Nobel Prizes for Chemistry, most recently in 2020. Our students have the opportunity to work with Nobel prize winning scientists and focus on addressing the major scientific and technological challenges facing the world.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application): PhD or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start): PhD or equivalent international degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, Molecular Biology, Synthetic Biology, or a related field.

Preferred qualifications: Minimum of 1 year of postdoctoral service or other postdoctoral-equivalent research experience; Deep expertise in genome engineering, directed evolution, enzymology, biomaterials, or structural biology; Ability to work effectively across disciplines; Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills; Ability to apply theoretical knowledge or scientific principles to problem-solve; Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; Excellent record keeping skills

Job Information

  • Job ID: 69530849
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Berkeley, California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials
  • Position Title: Assistant, Associate, or Full Project Scientist - Chemical and/or Synthetic Biology
  • Industry: Research Laboratory
  • Job Function: Life Sciences (Non-biomedical)
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Min Experience: 0-1 Year
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $68,400.00 - $180,200.00 (Yearly Salary)

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