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Subject: 16.11.23 Postdoc & Ph.D. Training Opportunities in Computer-Aided Drug Design, Washington State University, Spokane, WA
A postdoctoral research associate position is available immediately in the 
Section of Experimental & Systems Pharmacology at Washington State 
University, Health Sciences in Spokane with Dr. Senthil Natesan.

The computational research will focus on dynamic phenomena at the 
membrane interface: membrane-drug interactions, and membrane-protein-
drug interactions. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to
work on additional drug discovery projects in close collaboration with 
experimental pharmacologists, pharmacokineticists, and cancer biologists. 
More information on our current research interests can be found here:
Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

A recent PhD in theoretical biophysics or biochemistry, computational
chemistry/cheminformatics or closely related field.

Strong background in biophysics, statistical mechanics, medicinal chemistry, 
computation and biomolecular modeling (protein-peptide, protein-ligand, and
membrane-drug interactions).

Extensive experience with at least one of the major biomolecular modeling
packages (MOE, Schrodinger, and SYBYL-X), expertise in using one or more of
the MD simulation packages (NAMD, GROMACS, AMBER, and CHARMM).

Excellent computational skills including, working in Linux OS environment, 
strong programming (C, C++, or Java) and scripting ability (Python or Perl); 
Experience in R and/or MATLAB is a plus.

Research publications in modeling and simulation.

Strong motivation with a passion for science, and the ability and desire to 
work both independently and as part of a team. Good oral and written 
communication skills are essential.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong expertise in the field of atomistic and coarse-grained MD simulations; 
experience in modeling CYP450s and membrane simulations is a plus.

Knowledge about force field parameterization.

To view complete description and required qualifications and to apply please 
go to: 

As part of the recruitment process, please be prepared to submit the following
1) a current curriculum vitae;
2) a cover letter addressing your professional goals; and
3) contact information for three (3) professional references.

The screening of application materials will begin immediately, and continue 
until a suitable candidate has been identified.

ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, 
special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated 
veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons 
age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy 
action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional 
Transformation programs (
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All 
new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by 
the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its
 services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with
 disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, 
contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD 
Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388,
 509-335-1259(f), or

Ph.D. Training Opportunities 

Ph.D. training in computer-aided drug design is available at Washington State
University, Spokane under the guidance of Dr. Senthil Natesan. 

We are looking for creative and motivated individuals with outstanding work 
ethic, and passion for scientific research. The ideal candidates will have a B.S.
or M.S. in computer science, computational chemistry, pharmaceutical 
sciences, biophysics or biochemistry with basic programming and scripting 
skills. The candidates will learn how to use a variety of theoretical and 
computational methodologies, including classical molecular dynamics 
simulations, quantum mechanics calculations, free energy calculations, 
molecular docking, pharmacophore modeling etc.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to the Ph.D. program in 
Pharmaceutical Sciences, through the WSU Graduate School and mention 
their interest in the Natesan group in your personal statements.

Potential research projects and training opportunity inquiries only, may be 
directed to Senthil Natesan, via email at

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