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Taking the initiative on single particle imaging

X-ray crystallography is a technique that can be used by scientists to map the 3-dimensional physical space of proteins and other biological molecules to an atomic level of detail. Over the last four decades or so, this technique has been used to map over 100,000 protein structures that can be found in the publicly accessible Protein Data Bank, with more being added every day.

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XFEL Biophysics Experimentalist Opening

Postdoctoral Researcher (Job #11663)

XFEL Biophysics Experimentalist

Department of Physics
Arizona State University

The Department of Physics at Arizona State University (ASU) seeks applicants for a postdoctoral position in the development of new sample-delivery methods for time-resolved X-ray diffraction of biological samples using X-ray free-electron lasers. The successful applicants will become part of an interdisciplinary team at ASU working on solving important biological questions using XFELs, funded by the NSF's  BioXFEL program, which supports this project at six campuses (see https://www.bioxfel.org ).

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Open position: Postdoctoral Researcher for the development of algorithms for biological X-ray free electron laser data

XFEL Biophysics Postdoctoral Researcher

Job #11577

The Department of Physics at Arizona State University (ASU) seeks applicants for 2 postdoctoral researcher positions for the development of algorithms for biological X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) data, both in crystallography and solution scattering. The successful applicants will become part of an interdisciplinary team at ASU working on solving important biological questions using XFELs. This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. 

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NSF BioXFEL researchers capture ultrafast molecular motion

Researchers for years have been attempting to look at ultrafast motions at the atomic level, for example how light gets transferred into energy by plants during photosynthesis. Finally, with the use of an X-ray Free Electron Laser at Stanford, NSF BioXFEL Science and Technology researchers and collaborators from three other universities have been successful in fully exploiting the power of this instrumentation and have created a molecular motion ‘movie’ on the femtosecond time scale. 

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NSF BioXFEL researchers create a better way to find out ‘when’

NSF BioXFEL researchers create a better way to find out ‘when’

An international team of physicists has created a machine-learning algorithm that improves the accuracy of timing estimates by a factor of up to 300, helping to determine when an event actually happened.

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BioXFEL Director Eaton Lattman TEDx Talk

Most of the pictures that we have of molecules are static – atoms represented as balls linked together by connectors that represent chemical bonds. But molecules, especially those in biology, move when performing functions. When we bend a finger, at the micro level there are little motor proteins taking tiny little steps that add up to the large-scale motion.

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