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The Physics Department at Virginia Tech invites applications for a Postdoctoral or research Associate position (commensurate with experience) in experimental biophysics, with focus on nanoscale structure and dynamics in biomimetic lipid membranes.

Qualifications:  The candidate should hold a PhD in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Biophysics or a closely related field. Experience in one or more of the following skills: expertise in lipid membrane characterization, membrane deposition techniques, and/or protein purification and characterization. Additional expertise in x-ray or neutron scattering is desirable, but not a prerequisite.

Requirements: Include the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, strong verbal and written communication skills, and a high degree of motivation and creativity.

Interested candidates should submit a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, contact of three references and a statement of research experience and interests (not to exceed 3 pages) should be submitted through Virginia Tech’s application portal ( In addition, please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to Prof. Rana Ashkar ( Review of applications will begin on July 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  The anticipated start date is Fall 2018.  Virginia Tech is an EO / AA institution, and offers a wide range of networking and development opportunities to women and minorities in science and engineering.

Job Posting Closes on 8/9/2019

Qualifications:  Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in physics or a closely related field and must have postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment. The successful candidates will be expected to establish a vigorous and externally well-funded research program; teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels; continue development of scholarly activities and professional capabilities; occasionally travel, for example, to attend professional conferences and present research seminars; and actively participate in department, college, and university governance. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the chair of the Search Committee, Uwe C. Tӓuber, at, phone: (540) 231-8998.

Candidates should apply at .  The application package must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae with publication list, a statement of ongoing and planned research, a brief description of teaching philosophy, a statement of any previous activities aimed at expanding the diversity and/or mentoring of minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups as well as how the applicant will further Virginia Tech’s commitment to build a culturally diverse educational environment (, and contact information for at least three references (five for senior candidates). The references will be notified via email to upload their recommendation letters through our online system. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled; to ensure full consideration, complete application packages and reference letters should be received by December 1, 2018. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant must pass a criminal background check. The expected position starting date is August 10, 2019.

Virginia Tech is an EO / AA institution, and offers a wide range of networking and development opportunities to women and minorities in science and engineering. Virginia Tech is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers ( Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should please notify Ms. Jacqueline Woodyard, Department of Physics, (540) 231-7566, or call TTY 1-800-828-1120 prior to the application deadline.


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