One postdoctoral position will be immediately available in Dr. Rui Zhang’s group at the Washington University in St. Louis. The lab is located in the WU School of Medicine campus. In the latest (year 2018) rankings by USNEWS, Wash U ranks #13 in Biological Sciences and #8 in Medical School (research).

Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) has a brand-new fully-functional FEI Titan Krios cryo-EM equipped with Cs corrector, Volta phase plate, energy-filtered K2 direct detector, etc. This microscope is one of the best in the country and is only dedicated for biological applications. Besides ‘unlimited’ access to the Titan Krios, a modern JEOL-1400 microscope is available for sample screening by negative stain. WUSM also offers a state-of-the-art facility for cellular imaging.

Dr. Zhang did his Ph.D. with Prof. Wah Chiu at Baylor College of Medicine (now at Stanford University), and his postdoc with Prof. Eva Nogales at UC Berkeley. Both Drs. Chiu and Nogales are members of National Academy of Sciences and prestigious leaders in the cryo-EM field.

Dr. Zhang’s group will primarily use high-resolution single particle cryo-EM, together with other biophysical techniques, to study the structure and function of the cytoskeleton system and cell division (we work on a lot more than the microtubule system! please inquiry for details). There will also be plenty of opportunities to work on various protein complexes through local collaborations.

The candidates must have (or expecting) a PhD or equivalent degree in biological sciences. Two types of qualifications are preferred:
1) Extensive experience in protein purification from various expression systems
2) Demonstrated experience in single particle cryo-EM or cryo-ET

To apply, please email your C.V. and names of your references to