Join NASA’s Science Definition Team for the Real-Time Protein Crystal Growth 2 Project

Macromolecular crystallization experiments in space use methods that differ significantly from the methods commonly used in terrestrial laboratories. NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) are partnering together for the Real-Time Protein Crystal Growth - 2 (RTPCG-2) project to develop methods on the International Space Station (ISS) that more closely mimic terrestrial methods. For a given flight opportunity, a final set of crystallization experiments will be set up at a time that allows fresh crystals to be produced for the return of the samples to Earth. NASA invites members of the structural biology research community to apply for membership in the Science Definition Team (SDT) that will guide the RTPCG-2 project.

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The responsibilities of the Science Definition Team (SDT) members will be to:

  1. Advise the project team on the selection of flight hardware to be used in the RTPCG-2 project;
  2. Advise the project team on the choice of test solutions and procedure development for Phase 1;
  3. Advise the project team on the choice of model crystallization targets and procedure development for Phase 2;
  4. Advise the project team on the choice of novel crystallization targets and procedure development for Phase 3, for up to three flight opportunities. The number of flight of opportunities is at the discretion of NASA.

Please submit a Summary Letter and an updated curriculum vitae (CV). The Summary Letter should include the candidate’s relevant experience, research interests, and how the candidate can contribute to the success of the RTPCG-2 project. The Summary Letter should also contain a statement confirming the applicant’s time availability during the 18 months of the operation of the SDT to participate in the project team’s activities. (The Summary Letter is limited to one page with standard 12-point font and one-inch margins.) 

The CV should detail the applicant’s education, work experience, and publications list. (The CV is limited to five pages with standard 12-point font and one-inch margins.) 

Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 25, 2018, via the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES). The full text of the Call is available on the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at under menu listing "Open Solicitations.”

 NASA will provide no funding for the SDT members to participate in the SDT activities, except reimbursement of authorized travel expenses as needed.

Applying for participation in the RTPCG-2 SDT is open to all qualified and interested individuals. Group applications will not be considered. In addition, collaborations and teams will not be considered.


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