Scientist/Senior Scientist, Structural Biology

Full Time

Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

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Job description

Scismic is supporting the growth of a biotech company in Waltham, MA!

The Structural Biology group is looking for a strong, enthusiastic candidate to join our team and make an immediate impact on high priority targets critical to our mission. It is critical to our company's mission to determine structural features of our RNA targets and to identify druggable RNA structural motifs. The successful candidate will support all aspects of drug discovery by interrogating RNA structure with biomolecular NMR spectroscopy and other structural approaches. This role will interface with consultants and contractors and collaborate across disciplines within the company. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative, fast-paced start-up environment, leveraging a high degree of integrity, intelligence and innovation to make a large impact on our mission.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide biomolecular NMR expertise in RNA structure characterization and targeted small molecule drug discovery
  • Design RNA constructs and isotope labeling schemes for structural and biophysical characterization
  • Develop and implement NMR experiments to probe and characterize the structure, dynamics and interactions of RNA and small molecules ligands
  • Validate and characterize lead compounds using ligand- and RNA-observed NMR methods
  • Operate and support maintenance of NMR spectrometer
  • Work effectively in a cross-functional capacity with other biophysicists, medicinal chemists, RNA biochemists, and structural biologists to deliver high-quality results and address specific project needs and challenges
  • Maintain scientific and technical expertise through familiarity with scientific literature and attending conferences
  • Contribute to the company's scientific publications and patent applications
  • Interface with CROs and NMR facilities


  • PhD in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology or related scientific field with 5+ years of experience elucidating the structure of RNA and RNA-small molecules
  • Strong foundational knowledge of NMR spectroscopy (modern 1D, 2D and 3D methods). Basic knowledge of isotope labeling, RNA synthesis and purification
  • Expertise in RNA structural biology and RNA biochemistry
  • Familiarity with biophysical and structural biology methods (e.g., cryo-EM, X-Ray, SAXS, AFM, MS, SPR, etc.)
  • Familiarity with biomolecular structure modeling and RNA-ligand interactions
  • Proven track record of scientific innovation, as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications and/or and patents
  • Proactive and efficient to enable high-quality results while fostering a positive work environment
  • Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has a can-do attitude without losing objectivity
  • Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions and copes effectively with complexity and change.

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