EU-FP5 RTD Project: HPRI-1999-CT-50015
Five Postdoctoral Positions
EXTENSION OF CAPABILITIES FOR MAD EXPERIMENTS AT SYNCHROTRON INFRASTRUCTURES
Applications are invited for a number of pre/postdoctoral positions within a
Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) RTD project focused on increasing the range
of energies used to measure anomalous diffraction on biological
macromolecules by providing appropriate beamlines, experimental stations and
detectors as well as on establishing routine use of gases such as xenon as
the means of obtaining the phasing information required for structure
solution. This includes development of experimental methods as well as
software to optimise the use of the data.
Positions are available immediately and are funded for up to three years.
Competitive salaries and benefits are offered according to the national
global allowance figures suggested under the EU postdoctoral programmes. FP5
financed projects offer unique opportunities for cooperative, trans-national
research. For general information see http://www.cordis.lu/fp5 and
Positions are available for the following tasks:
1. Optimisation of the experimental set-up at the Elettra diffraction
beamline (XRD1) for MAD experiments at low energies, implementation of
kappa-goniostat and development of semi-empirical absorption correction
software. Experience in protein crystallography, computing and
programming is an advantage.
Elettra is a third generation synchrotron radiation facility in
Trieste, Italy. The XRD1 light source is a multipole wiggler with a
useful range from 4 to 25 keV. The optical design is suited to accurate
wavelength changes required by the MAD technique.
Kristina Djinovic Carugo, Structural Biology Lab., Sincrotrone Trieste
in Area Science Park, S.S. 14 Km 163,5, 34012 Basovizza (TS), Italy.
Phone: (+39) 040375 8059, FAX: (+39) 040375 8029
E-mail djinovic at elettra.trieste.it
2. Developing the experimental setup for derivatising protein crystals
in high pressure cells using xenon and other gases. Experience in
protein crystallography is an advantage.
Thierry Prange or Roger Fourme, LURE, Centre Universitaire, EP 34 -
91898 Orsay Cedex, France.
E-mail prange at lure.u-psud.fr
3. Design and implementation of beamline modifications at the EMBL
Hamburg Outstation to allow experiments to be carried out at the xenon
K edge. Installation and testing of devices for derivatisation of
protein crystals using gases. Experience of intrumentation and/or
protein crystallography is desirable.
The Hamburg Outstation provides access to, and support for, four
crystallographic beamlines. In addition to a strong research programme
in Structural Biology, the Outstation has an outstanding record in
methods and instrument development.
Paul Tucker, EMBL Hamburg Outstation, c/o DESY, Notkestrasse 85, D22603
Hamburg, Germany. FAX (+49) 40 89902129.
Email tucker at embl-hamburg.de
4.Development of instrumentation and techniques to produce isomorphous
derivatives of protein crystals with gases, such as Krypton and Xenon.
Special emphasis will be given on the development of automatic
techniques yielding reproducible results, as well as on applications
and gases requiring very high pressures. While much of the hardware
has already been constructed, emphasis will be given on testing this
hardware with a range of protein crystals. Experience of protein
crystallography is desirable though not strictly required. Pre-doctoral
candidates are invited to apply as well. The laboratory has a strong
committment to structural biology, and is well equipped for protein
crystallography as well as a variety of biophysical techniques.
Christoph Kratky, Institut fuer Chemie, Physikalische
Chemie/Strukturbiologie, Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz, Austria.
Phone (+43) 316 380 5417, FAX: (+43) 316 380 9850
E-mail Christoph.Kratky at kfunigraz.ac.at
5. Design and implementation of optimal data collection strategies to
maximise the MAD phasing signal. Interfacing of data processing and
phasing in the SHARP program. Customisation, installation and support
of the software at the participating synchrotron facilities.
Post-doctoral experience in crystallographic computing and in the
collection and processing of diffraction data at synchrotron radiation
sources would be a serious advantage.
Gerard Bricogne, Structural Studies Division, MRC Laboratory of
Molecular Biology, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QH, England. Fax
E-mail: gb10 at mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk
Applications should include a complete CV, a list of publications and a short
statement of research interest. In addition please ensure that 2 letters of
reference are forwarded directly to the laboratory of interest.
Women are encouraged to apply.
Closing date for applications is March 24, 2000.