Staff Scientist, Dept. Biochemistry & Biophysics

Rochester, NY


The purpose of this position is to provide advanced doctorate level scientific research for the Ermolenko laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Center for RNA Biology. A part-time (20 hours per week) Staff Scientist position is available to investigate: 1. how the structural dynamics of the ribosome and ribosomal ligands enable protein synthesis, 2. how folding and dynamics of mRNA molecules regulate translation. Under general direction and with considerable latitude for exercising independent scientific judgment, this position provides direct research contributions to the laboratory by directing independent, complex research projects and/or major aspects of larger research projects. Provides guidance and/or directly supervises research technicians, graduate students, PhD, Post-Doctoral laboratory members, and technicians. May work as an independent researcher in a scientifically unique phase of research as part of a larger, complex project. Importantly, the candidate must be able to work well with others, and be a proficient communicator/instructor. The position requires an understanding of the scientific process that facilitates grant and manuscript generation, and a familiarity with the workings of the regulatory bodies of the University to allow for a productive lab environment.


  • With guidance from the Pl, designs and conducts complex experiments independently using mammalian cell culture and molecular biology procedures including viral and non-viral transfections, RNAi knockdowns, Western blotting, and DNA cloning. After training in the Ermolenko lab, conduct TIRF microscopy experiments and analyze single-molecule fluorescence microscopy data. Develops and installs protocols relevant to the research experiments and independently operates complex scientific equipment.

  • Generates protocols and presentations relevant for the conduct of scientific research using Excel, GraphPad Prism, PowerPoint, and Adobe Illustrator software that include: purposes of study, design of experiments, list(s) of materials and methods use, the schedule of activities, results obtained and scientific interpretation and discussion. Contributes significantly to the writing of scientific research publications, grant applications and conference presentations, thereby meeting the requirements for co-authorship.

  • Provides scientific guidance to staff/trainees. Advises on technical problems and assists staff/trainees with special research projects. Creates and maintains a cohesive team- working environment.

  • Independently analyzes and evaluates scientific experimental data and provides interpretation of results within scope of the study. Develops and modifies test methods; selects procedures for data collection and data handling. Develops, utilizes or adapts computer programs for statistical treatment and evaluation of scientific data.

Other duties as assigned.



  • Doctoral degree with major course work in field of assignment required (molecular and cellular biology preferred) and a minimum of 2-5 years of relevant postdoctoral training.

  • Extensive expertise in mammalian cell culture and molecular biology procedures including viral and non-viral transfections, RNAi knockdowns, Western blotting, and DNA cloning.


  • This position requires ability to work independently and good mentoring skills are desired.

  • Ph.D. and/or MD with demonstrable expertise in molecular biology preferred.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including written communication.

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work both independently and within a team.

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 50,000 - $100,000 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Opening: Part Time 20 hours Grade 055 Biochemistry and Biophysics
Schedule: 9 AM-5:30 PM; OCC WKNDS