Welcome to HALOmem!
HALO ← city of Halle ← ἅλας (greek: salt)
mem ← membrane
HALOmem is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Halle (MLU). We focus on the structure of membrane proteins and their interactions with the surrounding membrane. HALOmem was founded as a joint effort of the Institute of Biochemistry & Biotechnology (Fakultät I) and the Institutes of Physics and Chemistry (Fakultät II). The research center brings together resources and special expertise from both Institutes, such as recombinant protein production, biophysical methods for studying membranes, and protein structure determination by crystallography and NMR. Within the HALOmem research center, two independent fast-track junior research groups have been established:
→ Junior Group I: Membrane Protein Biochemistry (Dr. Mikio Tanabe)
→ Junior Group II: Biophysical Chemistry of Membranes (Prof. Dr. Kirsten Bacia)
see also: Das Abenteuer Forschung, a portrait of Kirsten Bacia at “Unternehmen Region”
Following the successful defense of its extended Strategy Paper, HALOmem has recently been awarded funding for a further five years and is currently seeking to expand its expertise platform with the establishment of two new independent research groups, working and collaborating within the stimulating multidisciplinary environment that has established Halle as an internationally recognised centre for pure and applied protein biochemistry, biotechnology and biophysics:
Tenure Track Research Group Leader “Cryo-Electron Microscopy of Membrane Protein Complexes”
The successful candidate will establish a team to study membrane protein complexes using cryo-electron microscopy (single particle reconstruction and/or tomography). The applicant will have trained in membrane protein biochemistry and/or cryo-EM, with documented experience in these fields at postgraduate and postdoctoral level. The candidate will have unrestricted access to the 300 kV JEOL JEM-3200FSC equipped with field emission gun, cryo-stage, in-line energy filter and GATAN K2 direct electron detector that are presently being installed.
Tenure Track Research Group Leader “Biophysical Characterisation of Medically Relevant Membrane Proteins”
The successful candidate will establish a team to develop technologies for the biophysical characterisation of membrane proteins and the analysis of their interactions with protein and synthetic ligands. The applicant will have received training in protein ligand interactions / membrane protein biochemistry covering a wide array of methods. Documented experience in these fields at postgraduate and postdoctoral level is expected; experience in an industrial environment is welcome.
Applications should be addressed to both ZIK HALOmem and the Project Management Organisation Jülich (representing the BMBF) with the subject headline “ZIK HALOmem II”:
Application deadline: 12th June 2015
Interviews are planned from 6th – 9th July 2015
HALOmem is supported by the federal Zentrum für Innovationskompetenz (ZIK, Center for Innovation Competence) initiative of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) and by the state of Sachsen-Anhalt.