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Cornell Laboratory for Atomic and Solid State Physics

Fabrication Technician Position

Fabrication Technician Position – Lab of Atomic and Solid State Physics

Applications are invited for a technician in development of physics-based experimental and computational/analysis methods for understanding the structure and function of biomolecular systems.  Suitable candidates may include recent or soon-to-be Cornell graduates at the Ph.D., M.S., or B.S. level in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or related fields who have strong backgrounds in microfabrication and/or CAD design and apparatus construction and/or X-ray science who would like to spend an additional year or two at Cornell before pursuing other interests, and trailing partners in dual-career situations who have suitable skills.  Applicants with a Ph.D. and strong interest and background in biomolecular structure and function studies should apply for a separately posted postdoctoral position at Academic Jobs Online. 

The work will involve CAD design,  microfabrication (using Cornell’s outstanding Nanofabrication Facility (, parts sourcing, apparatus construction, X-ray data collection (at CHESS, NSLS, or APS), laboratory-based experiments, and modeling and analysis of data.  The candidate will be expected to collaborate with CHESS staff scientists and other members of the microfabrication, structural biology, and X-ray science communities at Cornell, and to assist in supervising undergraduate students.  

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility for renewal for at least one additional year.  Start dates are flexible and can be as early as June 2021.

The group of Prof. Robert Thorne at Cornell University studies a variety of biological, chemical, and materials physics problems relevant in probing and understanding biomolecular structure and function, and develops new methods for synchrotron X-ray and electron diffraction-based study of biomolecular systems. Our emphasis is on fundamental understanding and methods. Methods and tools we have developed are used by structural biologists around the world.

Complete applications will include a brief cover lettera CV,  and a detailed summary of relevant experience and interests.  Recommendation letters, if not initially provided, will be requested after application screening. 

Pay will be commensurate with education and experience.

For further information, please contact Prof. Robert E. Thorne


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