Biophysics Job Openings

We are seeking motivated, highly skilled, and creative individuals to join our team. Available jobs in Biophysics, as well as position requirements, are listed.

Administrative Associate

In the role Administrative Associate in the Department of Biophysics, you will perform clerical and administrative functions such as scheduling department meetings and events; coordinating the department seminar series; managing the chair’s calendar and appointments; drafting correspondence; and organizing and maintaining documentation.

Primary Functions

  • Manage Chair’s calendar, coordinate meetings (virtual and in-person), and prepare agendas and materials.
  • Coordinate visits and travel arrangements.
  • Maintain Chair’s CV, alumni database, key departmental historical files, etc.
  • Coordinate seminar series and other events as needed.
  • Serve as key contact person for phone/email inquiries, prioritizing issues and routing as appropriate.
  • Create, maintain, and distribute general documentation for department use, including contact information, floor plans, announcements, etc.
  • Create agendas, minutes, reports, presentations, posters, flyers, itineraries, spreadsheets.
  • Compose correspondence, including letters and memos; manage departmental mail and shipping.
  • Review and proofread professional documents and presentations, assisting with graphics, charts, etc. as needed.
  • Provide clerical support for grant submissions and reporting when needed.
  • Resolve operational issues for department faculty, staff and students; assist in onboarding new personnel.
  • Perform special projects as needed, both independently and in collaboration with internal and external personnel.

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Faculty Position in Computational Biophysics

Position. The Department of Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) invites applications for a faculty appointment in the area of computational biophysics. Appointments at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor rank will be considered. The position will remain open until filled. The successful candidate will complement existing strengths of the Department in biophysical and clinical research, bridging the scales of biological organization from molecules to higher organisms. Applicants interested in the following areas are encouraged to apply: biophysical modeling of biomolecules and their collective behavior, structural and molecular biophysics, understanding biological mechanisms across biological scales from multi-component assemblies to the molecular level, and structure-based drug discovery.

Qualifications. Candidates must have a PhD or MD degree and an outstanding record of research accomplishments. The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain a strong, independent, and externally funded research program, as well as interdisciplinary research interactions with Basic Science and Clinical Departments, Research Centers, and Institutes across MCW.

To apply. Applications should be submitted electronically at (requisition #31776):

Please submit the following components:

  1. Cover letter (1 page).
  2. Curriculum vitae including a list of publications.
  3. Summary of past accomplishments including significance statements for three representative publications (1 page). 
  4. Pre/reprints of the three representative publications cited above. Outline of research plans (2-3 pages).
  5. Names and contact information for three references (1 page).

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. MCW is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and strongly encourages applications from individuals in groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. MCW is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. 

Department of Biophysics. The Department of Biophysics at MCW has a rich history of innovation, unique expertise, and successful collaborations, with strong research programs in structural biology and biomedical imaging including EPR (electronic paramagnetic resonance), NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance), and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Research themes focus on protein structure and functional mechanisms, biological membrane processes, redox biology, and technology development in the areas of microwave applications, protein structure calculations, and computational image analysis for translation to clinical practice. State-of-the-art research resources geared toward these programs are available in the Department and the wider MCW campus. They include laboratories for EPR, NMR, MRI, X-ray crystallography, cryo electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, biomolecular analysis, and high-performance computing. Educational activities include teaching at the graduate and medical levels and mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. More information about the Department of Biophysics may be found at

Medical College of Wisconsin. MCW is the state’s largest private research institution and third largest private medical school in the nation. Its focus on basic science and academic medicine brings together scientists, clinicians, and students to advance biomedical knowledge and solve human health challenges. MCW is the eighth largest private employer in the metro-Milwaukee area. Approximately 6,000 faculty and staff work on the beautiful Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus, which also houses Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Wisconsin, Curative Care, Versiti Blood Research Institute/Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division.

Milwaukee. Located 90 miles north of Chicago and along the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is one of America’s great cities, combining a dynamic urban community and rich cultural heritage with access to parks, rivers, and lakes. National Geographic named Milwaukee one of its "Best of the World" destinations for 2023 – one of only five places in the United States and 25 across the globe (Milwaukee Best of the World). The city is a popular venue for watersports, ethnic dining, music, and cultural festivals, and is recognized for its museums, orchestra, historic architecture, professional sports, gardens, and parks. Milwaukee has affordable housing of all types, and excellent public and parochial schools. Neighborhoods are known for character, variety, and architecture, offering a superb quality of life. Milwaukee is a city that’s growing and changing, and there’s energy in the air.

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Faculty Position in Structural and Chemical Biology

Position. The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center (CC) in partnership with basic science departments (Biochemistry, Biophysics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Cell Biology, Neuroscience & Anatomy, Microbiology & Immunology) has made a strategic decision to expand on its strengths in Structural and Chemical Biology (SCB) and now invites applications for tenure-track positions at all levels.

This cluster recruitment seeks individuals to establish internationally leading research programs that apply the tools of structural biology to fundamental questions in cancer biology or cancer therapeutics. The ideal candidate will focus on cryo-EM (Single-particle Analysis (SPA) or in-situ cryo-ET) and SPA data science. MCW is equipped with a state-of-the-art 200-keV cryo-EM with direct electron detector and energy filter capable of final data collection for sub-4Å structure determination. MCW Cryo-EM researchers have expanded instrumentation opportunities through participation in a statewide Cryo-EM consortium that includes the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cryo-EM Research Center, which is within 60 miles from MCW and currently houses five new cryo-EMs, including two Titan Krios.

Qualifications. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in structural biology, biochemistry, biophysics or related discipline, at least two years of postdoctoral training, a strong publication record investigating structural and functional properties of biomolecules of cancer therapeutic relevance, and potential to obtain cancer-related extramural funding. MCW is intent on attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce and faculty body that reflects the community we serve. We value diversity of backgrounds, experience, thought, and perspectives to advance excellence in science and medicine. MCW is a welcoming campus community with a strong culture of collaboration, partnership, and engagement with our surrounding community.

To apply. Please submit the following components to (requisition #31368):

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Summary of research accomplishments (4-page maximum) and future research plans (4-page maximum)
  4. Names and contact information of four references

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Postdoctoral Fellow (EPR Focus)
The Sidabras lab in the Department of Biophysics at MCW performs technology research and development for electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). We are seeking a motivated individual to design and implement the next generation pulse and continuous-wave spectrometers for EPR to interface with state-of-the-art resonant probes. This project is part of a broader effort to significantly increase the sensitivity of EPR for protein single crystal and microfluidic applications and lead the field in biomedical research technology.

The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative laboratory focused on the structure–function duality of medically relevant enzymes, with access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise in EPR spectroscopy. The applicant will be part of an interdisciplinary team. A successful individual will mentor graduate students in research projects. Strong collaborative skills are required.

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Postdoctoral Fellow (NMR Focus)
The Marassi laboratory, in the Department of Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral position in the area of structural biology based primarily on biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Research projects focus on protein-protein, protein-lipid, and protein-biomineral interactions in the context of diseases of aging (macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease) and host-pathogen encounters, with a strong focus on cellular and near-native samples.

The successful candidate will be trained in experimental techniques (including recombinant protein production, purification, protein biophysical and biochemical characterization, and functional assays), independently perform experiments, analyze data, and compile results to advance research goals. A successful individual will join an interdisciplinary team and mentor graduate students in research projects. Strong collaborative skills are required.

The successful candidate will gain access to state-of-the-art research resources available for NMR in solution and the solid-state, EPR, MRI, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, biomolecular analysis, and high-performance computing.

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Research Associate I
The Marassi lab is looking for a motivated Research Associate to provide high-level technical support. The successful candidate will be trained in experimental techniques (including recombinant protein production, purification, protein biophysical and biochemical characterization, and functional assays), and independently perform experiments, analyze data, and compile results to advance research goals. The Research Associate will also oversee daily laboratory operations and manage supplies, in collaboration with other senior laboratory members.

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