Friday, 9 November 2012

JOB POSTING: Crystallographer position at Emerald Bio

From: Doug Davies
Date: 18 October 2012 23:17

To the CCP4 Community


X-ray Crystallographer and Project Leader Position at Emerald Bio


Emerald Bio is an integrated gene-to-structure collaborative research organization specializing in drug discovery services with laboratories near Seattle, WA and Boston, MA.  Our scientists provide integrated structural biology solutions to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and research institutions.  We have become leaders in automated, full-pipeline, gene-to-structure crystallography services—including membrane protein crystallization and fragment-based drug discovery.


We are searching for an experienced X-ray crystallographer who can serve as a project manager for multiple client collaborations.  Experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry is strongly encouraged.  Significant research experience in the following areas will be highly advantageous:  Membrane protein crystallization, ligand-observed NMR screening and/or protein expression in eukaryotic cells. 


Candidates must hold a PhD in structural biology or closely related field, with at least five years of post-doctoral or industry experience.  The successful candidate will collaborate with a diverse group of scientists in a dynamic, fast-paced environment requiring exceptional organizational and communication skills.  In addition to driving the scientific progress of structural biology collaborations, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing project costs and timelines to ensure profitability within our contract research environment. 


We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.  Emerald Bio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, or status as a disabled, Vietnam-era, or other eligible veteran.  Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to


Please visit our website:



With best regards,



Doug R. Davies, PhD, PMP

Senior Project Leader

Emerald Bio

7869 NE Day Rd. West

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110




Twinned Data

From: Iris Gawarzewski
Date: 19 October 2012 11:13

Hello everybody,

I collected data to 2.8A with the space group P63 but they seems to be twinned. I tried phenix refinement with the twin law I got from Xtriage but the model looks quiet weird...

Hope that somebody can help me with this problem.

Kind regards,


From: vellieux


I am afraid that you aren't saying (writing) enough to describe the problem(s) you are facing...

Twin fraction ? How many crystals were used to collect the diffraction data (remember that there are polar space groups, where c going "up" is different from c going "down") etc etc. Without enough information, no advice can be provided...

--   Fred. Vellieux (B.Sc., Ph.D., hdr)

Monday, 5 November 2012

Position, Research Technician at EMBL Grenoble

From: Jose A. Marquez <
Date: 26 October 2012 13:56

Dear All

A research technician position is currently available in my laboratory at EMBL Grenoble. You will find the details in the link below or at

Location: Grenoble, France
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 4, 5 or 6, depending on experience and qualifications
Closing Date: 25 November 2012
Reference number: GR_00047

Best regards
--   _________________________________________________________  Jose A. Marquez Ph.D.  Team Leader, Head of Crystallization Facility  EMBL Grenoble Outstation 

Position in Structural Biology at OIST, Okinawa, Japan

From: Job TmT
Date: 31 October 2012 21:53

Postdoctoral Position in Structural Biology at OIST, Okinawa, Japan

A Postdoctoral position in Structural Biology (Protein X-ray crystallography) is available in the Trans-membrane Trafficking Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa Japan.
We are seeking for an innovative, talented and highly motivated independent scientist to work on the structure of membrane proteins.

Applications should be sent to Prof. Fadel Samatey and must include a CV and contact information of up to three referees.

Experience in cloning, protein expression, protein purification, protein crystallization and protein structure determination is required. The position will initially be for one year, with a possibility of extension for a total of four years. Inquiries about the position are welcome. Review of applications will begin immediately.Application deadline is December 27, 2012.

OIST offers a very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. OIST embraces diversity and recognizes it as being a key to success. We believe in developing and maintaining a diverse workforce. Further information about the institute can be found at

Friday, 2 November 2012

Position: Project Manager for the International Year of Crystallography

From: Louise Jones
Date: 31 October 2012 15:24


Organisation: International Union of Crystallography
Location: Chester, UK
Highly Competitive Salary: £40K minimum
Term: Fixed term (2 years)

The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 as the International Year of
Crystallography. As part of IYCr2014, the International Union of
Crystallography (IUCr), which is a scientific union and publisher of several
leading scientific journals, is developing a wide-ranging agenda for publicly
oriented events across the globe and is looking to appoint an ambitious
person for IYCr2014 events management and delivery.

You will be responsible for fund-raising and sponsorship activities for the
IYCr, helping to publicise the economic and social contributions that
crystallography makes by submitting articles to the press and to magazines,
promoting poster and museum exhibitions highlighting the usefulness of
crystallography, assisting with the development of the IYCr2014 web site, and
interacting with the regional and national crystallographic organisations in
formulating global sets of events.

You will act as the focal point for IYCr2014 and work with all potential
partners to make the international year a global success reaching out to
schools, colleges and the general public. You will help to assemble a team of
enthusiasts to inspire and coordinate worldwide activities. You will be
supported by, and will be expected to work with, the various IUCr committees
that will oversee the IYCr2014 activities. In addition, we are in the process
of appointing a Business Development Executive with primary responsibility
for publications development for IYCr2014, and you will work closely with

You will ideally be a graduate with a knowledge of crystallography and
experience of writing scientific articles for the general public. We are
looking for someone with excellent communication skills and prior experience
of raising funds from industrial and private sponsors. Experience with media
and journalistic media will be a major advantage. The ability to communicate
in another major language in addition to English will also be beneficial. In
return, the IUCr offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits and a
unique working environment. You will be primarily based in Chester, UK, with
some travel opportunities.

To be considered for the position please send a CV and covering letter to
Carol Cook (cc AT by 2 December 2012.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Monday 10th September 5.15 pm Rosalind Franklin Lecture Professor David Eisenberg New Hunts House Lecture Theatre 1 Guy’s Campus

From: Lorenz, Chris
Date: 3 September 2012 10:51

Dear all
On Monday 10th September at 5.15 pm the Randall Division of King's College will be hosting one of the Rosalind Franklin Lectures :

The speaker will be Professor David Eisenberg, the Paul D. Boyer Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, at UCLA and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Prof. Eisenberg will talk about
The Amyloid State of Proteins in Human Diseases
10th of September 2012 5.15 pm
New Hunts House
Lecture Theatre 1
Guy's Campus

Please notify colleagues who might be interested in this lecture.
Apologies for multiple e-mails.

Looking forward to meeting you there
Franca Fraternali

Dr. Franca Fraternali

Open position for protein crystallographer at Bayer in Berlin, Germany

From: Roman Hillig
Date: 25 September 2012 16:29

Dear all,


We have an open position in our Structural Biology department at Bayer in Berlin. All details can be found in the job advertisement under the following link:


If you are interested, please do not reply to me but submit your application at quoting the Reference Code: 0000042823, see also the link above.


Best wishes,




Dr. Roman Hillig

Senior Scientist, Structural Biology


Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals
Bayer Pharma AG 



Sunday, 21 October 2012

Postdoctoral fellow position available

Date: 9 October 2012 15:37

Job Available:
Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Biochemistry/Structural Biology

The research group of Yunsun Nam, Ph.D. at UT Southwestern Medical Center is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in protein biochemistry. The laboratory is housed in a newly renovated space at the heart of the Cecil H. and Ida Green Center. The overarching goal of our group is to elucidate the mechanistic details of RNA-regulated gene expression. We are particularly interested in the gene regulation pathways relevant to mammalian development and cancer.

Postdoctoral fellows will have many opportunities to learn the newest methods in biochemistry and biophysics, in addition to working in an exciting, fast evolving area in the field of biological and biomedical sciences. We use various approaches, including X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, molecular biology, nucleic acid and protein biochemistry, high throughput sequencing, and eukaryotic cell-based studies. For more information, please refer to the lab website:   

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree and a strong background in molecular biology and protein or nucleic acid biochemistry. Experience in structural biology is preferred. Interested individuals must submit a CV including contact information for 3 references, as a single pdf file to: Yunsun.Nam AT

 *UT Southwestern is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Postdoctoral Position at ICR, London, UK

From: Sebastian Guettler
Date: 30 September 2012 10:40

Dear CCP4 Community,

We are currently looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join our new, exciting research programme on the regulation and functions of ADP-ribosyltransferases. Please see the job description for the position and instructions on how to apply below.

Best wishes,

Postdoctoral Position at ICR, London, UK

We seek to appoint a Post-doctoral Training Fellow to the Divisions of Structural and Cancer Biology of the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR; in London, UK, to a new team led by Dr. Sebastian Guettler. The successful applicant will undertake biochemical, crystallographic and functional studies on members of the ADP-ribosyltransferase (or "PARP") family of proteins and their regulators. Our goal is to gain insight into the control and cellular roles of these enzymes with a specific interest in ADP-ribosyltransferase-dependent signalling processes linked to cancer.

Research in the Divisions of Structural and Cancer Biology focuses on the functional, biochemical, and structural characterisation of cellular processes relevant to cancer and cancer therapy. The Division of Structural Biology, where the laboratory will be physically based, has managed facilities for protein crystallography (crystallisation robots, Bruker Microstar and CCD detector), cryo-electron microscopy (FEI Tecnai F20 and T12), and protein production with expertise in multi-subunit expression (insect cell, yeast and bacterial expression, including a 60-litre fermentor). The Division is also well equipped with instrumentation for biophysical analysis (e.g. ITC, fluorescence, multi-angle light scattering). The Division of Cancer Biology provides a state-of-the-art infrastructure for mammalian cell culture, imaging, mammalian genetics, chemical biology and proteomics.

Applicants should possess a PhD (or equivalent) in biochemistry or molecular biology and a sound knowledge of protein purification for structural analyses. Experience with recombinant DNA techniques, protein expression and purification as well as protein crystallography is essential. Experience in mammalian cell culture, enzymology or protein production in insect cells (MultiBac) would be of advantage.

Length of contract: 3 years in the first instance
Salary range: £27,536 to £33,852 p.a. inclusive (depending on previous post-doctoral experience)
Closing date: 17th of October 2012
Starting date of position: earliest in November 2012

For further details and instructions on how to apply, please refer to our online vacancy and recruitment site at, quoting job reference number 1257974 for this position.

While applications need to be placed via our online system, informal inquiries can be sent to Dr. Sebastian Guettler at

The Institute of Cancer Research: Royal Cancer Hospital, a charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England under Company No. 534147 with its Registered Office at 123 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RP.

This e-mail message is confidential and for use by the addressee only.  If the message is received by anyone other than the addressee, please return the message to the sender by replying to it and then delete the message from your computer and network.

Job opening at the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology

From: Karl Gruber
Date: 29 September 2012 20:08

For an ongoing project on enzyme design and development we are looking for a computational scientist with a keen interest in structural biology or a structural biologist with a strong background in informatics and computer programming.

Details can be found at:

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Professor Dame Louise Johnson

From: <elizabeth.duke

It is with great sadness that I would like to inform the crystallographic community of the death of one of the great pioneers of the field, Professor Dame Louise Johnson.


Those of us who had the privilege to work alongside her benefitted greatly from her vision for extending technique and instrumentation such that increasingly complex problems could be successfully solved and found her quiet determination to succeed inspirational.




From: Gloria Borgstahl k

This indeed is sad news for today. 
I just wanted to note that Professor Johnson's early papers on time-resolved crystallography truly inspired me to continue in crystallography, influenced my decision for my first postdoctoral position and to push the limits.  I still have the carefully highlighted photocopies (yes used a photocopier and a real bound journal in gradual school) in my filing cabinet next to my office.
My condolences to those close to her and her family.  Gloria

From: Laurie Betts

What a great lady to have inspired so many, and to remind us how welcoming the field of X-ray crystallography has been in general for women because of people like Dr. Johnson, Dorothy Hodgkin, and Rosalind Franklin, and many others. 

From: Felix Frolow

As a devoted reader of the "Protein Crystallography" - the first and only comprehensive manual of the protein crystallography,
I express my deep sorrow on the departure from us of  DBE Commander, Professor Louise Johnson.
May her soul rest in peace. 
In full honor,

Dr Felix Frolow   

From: vellieux

A very nice picture of Prof. Louise Johnson can be found on

The picture was taken at Diamond's IO2 beam line.

Condolences to her family and friends.


From: Enrico Stura

Professor Dame Louise Johnson was my thesis supervisor and I am saddened by
her departure.

I would like to encourage the crystallographic community to contribute to:
so that her achievemens can be remenbered and can continue to inspire
future generations of crystallographers.

Those that have access to a copyright -free photograph can upload it to Wikipedia Commons:

I would like to extend my condolences her family and all her friends.


Thursday, 30 August 2012

Post-doctoral position in Lyon, France

From: Laurent Terradot
Date: 28 August 2012 12:36

Post-doctoral position in Structural Biology of Bacterial Pathogenesis at the IBCP (Lyon, France)


A FINOVI ( funded postdoctoral position is available immediately in the group of Laurent Terradot at the Institut de Biologie et Chimie des Protéines (IBCP), Lyon, ( We are interested in the structure/function of protein complexes involved in bacterial pathogenesis. The funded position will aim to solve the structures of type IV secretion system effectors and understand their mode(s) of action (see Tosi et al., Febs L, 2009; Jimenez-Soto et al., PloS Pathogens, 2009; Kaplan-Türköz et al., PNAS, 2012). The project is a collaboration between our laboratory and team of P. Doublet at the University of Lyon 1.


The IBCP is well equipped for Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Structural Biology and belongs to a larger campus (UMS3444/US8, Lyon Biopole; Center for Infectiology), giving access to state-of-the-art core facilities, including crystallogenesis and biophysics platforms. The group has regular access to synchrotron beam time and is ideally located one hour from the European Synchrotron ESRF. Lyon is a vibrant, historical French city and is a world-excellence center in Infectiology.


We are looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals with a strong background in X-ray crystallography, model building and refinement. Successful experience in protein purification for structural studies is required. Experience in protein-protein interactions (Biacore, ITC) and/or study of large complexes would be a plus. Working language of the laboratory is English.


Starting date: As soon as possible.

Salary is according to the CNRS french guidelines.

Please send a cover letter, your CV and reference letters as a single PDF file to:




Laurent Terradot


Institut de Biologie et Chimie des Protéines

ATIP-CNRS Group Structural Biology of Bacterial Macromolecular Complexes

UMR 5086 CNRS Université de Lyon

7, passage du Vercors

69367 Lyon cedex 07 FRANCE