Apply Now Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window.

How to Apply

Interested applicants for the advertised position should send a PDF with CV, a cover letter stating research interests and qualifications, and contact information for three references to Any questions regarding the project, lab, Center for Structural Biology, the university or the city of Ann Arbor may also be sent to the above email address.

Job Summary

Postdoctoral research fellowship: Structural biology of human telomere-associated complexes

A postdoctoral position is available beginning Fall 2019 in the lab of Jayakrishnan (JK) Nandakumar at the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Our lab studies the structure and function of telomeres and telomerase, which are protein-nucleic acid complexes that help maintain the ends of chromosomes. The current project involves the use of X-ray crystallography and current EM methods to solve the three-dimensional structures of protein-nucleic acid complexes found at chromosome ends.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Required Qualifications*

The candidates should hold a Ph. D. degree, and a have strong background in molecular cloning and structural biology. Experience with protein expression (in E. coli and insect cells) and purification is required. Candidates with experience with purifying proteins/complexes from cultured human cells for structural purposes are strongly encouraged to apply. The candidate is expected to have expertise in collecting data, processing them and solving phases de novo. She or he will also be expected to overlook the crystallography wing of our lab. This will include helping with shipping crystal dewars, collecting data, and helping other trainees process their data (using XDS, CCP4i, Phenix, Coot, PyMOL, and other routine crystallography software). The project will involve the use of EM methods in parallel to X-ray crystallography. Therefore prior experience in at least negative-stain EM methods would be highly desirable.

Additional Information

This is a one year term-limited position with a possibility of renewal. In general in LSA, Postdoctoral Research Fellow appointments are renewable annually for a maximum of three years. Additional information regarding UM Postdoctoral Research Fellow appointments can be found at

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.