Find or post single-molecule jobs on Harbor!

Academic, research, and science jobs in the single-molecule field can be difficult to find depending on your region. Previously, these had been compiled on a job board but now we’ve decided to open the platform for the labs to post it themselves and answer comments or questions directly here in Harbor’s forum by making their own posts. Similarly, if you’re looking for single-molecule opportunities then create your own post to have your questions answered. The Harbor community is also excited to help promote your outreach efforts!

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A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Radhika Subramanian for a cytoskeleton biophysics enthusiast! (

This position is for a candidate interested in developing and applying Atomic Force Microscopy methods to examine the dynamics of complex micron-sized microtubule-based architectures ( The lab is also well set up for combining AFM with single-molecule fluorescence-based methods. A background in bio-AFM is preferred.

We are a group of researchers from diverse backgrounds with interests ranging from applied physics, biochemistry, cell, and structural biology. Radhika is committed to building a collegial and collaborative lab environment where everyone is able to perform the research that excites them and provide the training necessary for the next steps of their career. We embrace diversity in every way and all interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter expressing their research interests, CV, and the names of three references by email to Radhika at:

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Hi @radhika, thank you for taking the time to post your opening on Harbor! I turned your comment into its own post to make it more prominent and visible to users :slight_smile:

A position is available in Houston, TX at Rice University’s Shared Equipment Authority (SEA) for a Microscopy Specialist. Details below. Applicants can apply here.

Job Description

Position Summary
Rice U. invites application for a research scientist to join our Shared Equipment Authority (SEA) to oversee and operations of a LUMICKS C-Trap instrument. The Lumicks C-Trap is an optical tweezer instrument that combines wide-field and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy to provide state-of-the-art imaging with simultaneous single-molecule manipulation. Additionally, the Lumicks C-Trap incorporates microfluidics to conduct experiments under laminar flow in a temperature-controlled environment. Proposed experiments include tracking cellular processes, measuring protein and polymer surface interactions, probing the mechanical properties of biological membranes, and designing novel colloidal molecules.

Essential Functions

  • Ability to train users on the software used to operate the systems, with the goal of user independence
  • Ability to effectively communicate both remotely and in-person (written and verbal) with SEA staff, users, and 3rd party vendors, sharing outcomes of evaluations and experiments, and guiding future efforts to optimize results required
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues with sample preparation, imaging system performance, configuration and usage, in order to produce publication quality results for SEA users
  • Ability to evaluate projects for technical feasibility and manage progress on many projects concurrently required

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree
  • 5 years of a combination experience of hands-on experience in biological and/or materials science sample preparation and extensive experience performing experiments using light microscopy
      • In lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted

Preferred Qualifications

  • Physics, Engineering, or related field preferred
  • Experience using or background in single-molecule microscopy and/or force spectroscopy, such as STORM, PALM, and optical tweezer technology, is a bonus.
  • Experience in using scripting languages (e.g. Java, Matlab, Python, C+) is preferred.
  • Experience in image processing and analysis methods, including the development of custom algorithms, is preferred

Hey Evan, thank you for taking the time to post this opening on Harbor! I turned your comment into its own post to make it more prominent and visible to users :slight_smile: