Careers at the Institute

The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute attracts talented scientists and support staff to explore exciting research opportunities and the freedom to pursue the unknown.

We offer an excellent benefits package including health insurance, generous retirement plan, disability, and life insurance coverage, competitive vacation/holiday policies, and pre-tax spending accounts.

The Institute is a welcoming environment and embraces diversity in people as well as the skills they bring to us.

Current Openings

Position for a Cryo-EM Data Analysis Specialist

The Cryo-EM Center at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) seeks a scientist to enrich its scientific activities. The newly-built Center is purposefully geared for addressing fundamental questions in biomedical sciences and for performing high-resolution cryo-EM structure-based drug design. The successful candidate will play a significant role in the Center and work with a group of PhD-level scientists on different scientific directions.

A successful candidate is expected to be a highly motivated scientist with strong skills in cryo-EM image analysis, 3D reconstruction, and cryo-EM-based model building, refinement, and validation. Preferences will be given to those with graduate and/or postdoctoral training in structure determination using high-resolution cryo-EM. Skills in computational system management and optimization for workflow of data analysis will be highly valued. Knowledge in biological systems or bench experiences will be a plus. The candidate preferentially should hold a PhD degree in structural biology, biochemistry or biophysics, or have demonstrated solid practical training in cryo-EM data analysis by postdoctoral publications. The successful candidate will work with different teams of commercial or academic scientists, and thus must demonstrate good interpersonal skills, effective time management in a multitasking setting, strong commitment to achieving preset goals in a timely fashion, and sound ethics in science and professional activities.

The position will be based at HWI in Buffalo, NY.

It is equivalent to a research assistant professorship in the university setting with a fraction of time reserved for R&D activity, which will qualify the candidate to apply for external funding. Compensation level will be commensurate with candidate’s experiences and qualifications. For a candidate currently living out of the area, relocation support may be provided.

Benefits: This is a full-time position coming with our generous fringe package that entails health insurance, dental and vision coverage, and a retirement plan with a 6% employer contribution after one year of service.

Preferred start date: July 1st, 2021. The position will remain open until being filled.

Initial application deadline: May 14th, 2021.

To apply, please send in a combined pdf file a copy of your CV detailing previous working experiences and research achievements, a one-page statement about your interest in the position and your plan in career development, and names and contact information of three references by email to Dr. Qiu-Xing Jiang, or by mail to: 700 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA.

Research Scientist

BioXFEL is an NSF Supported Science and Technology Center developing the biological applications of X-ray Free Electron Lasers. It is a consortium of 8 institutions led by staff from the Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (UB), and administratively headquartered at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. One of the teams in BioXFEL provides data processing support for XFEL experiments around the world. We are looking for a research scientist that can join this team and provide data processing support for crystallographic and potentially solution and single-particle XFEL experiments. The support functions would be based in Buffalo with the opportunity to attend some beamtimes if necessary. The support team consists of staff from multiple BioXFEL institutes. We are looking for a candidate who can operate effectively in a diverse community of students and investigators who shares our vision of helping all constituents reach their full potential.

The successful candidate(s) will be involved with the following:
• Assisting in data processing for crystallographic based XFEL experiments.
• Assisting in the analysis and drafting of publications related to results.
• Establishing expertise to help support potential single-particle and solution-based experiments.
• Helping teach others best practices for data processing.
• Contributing to the scientific development of new techniques and methodologies dependent on level and experience.

The candidate would be based at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo New York but work closely with UB, HWI, and BioXFEL scientists and students as part of the effort. This position is based at HWI but offered through the University at Buffalo. Application instructions and details are available at the University of Buffalo job posting site.

 EEO Statement

The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Inc. (HWI) as an equal opportunity employer, extends employment opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, sex, creed, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic predisposition, carrier status, or disability that would prevent the performance of the essential requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation in compliance with the appropriate New York State and Federal laws, or any other legally protected characteristics. This policy applies to all conditions and terms of employment.