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Subject: 17.03.20 Graduate Student, Computational Chemistry, Wetmore Research Group, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Graduate Student, Computational Chemistry, Wetmore Research Group, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

An opening for a graduate student in computational chemistry is available in the Wetmore Research Group at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The project under consideration will involve joint supervision and close collaboration with Dr. Alya Arabi at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates.

The project to be completed falls under the general theme of computational studies of biosystems, with applications to human health, which builds on the expertise in the Wetmore and Arabi laboratories. Specifically, the aim of this project is to investigate, at the molecular level, the conformational changes, thermodynamics and kinetics of protein systems in order to better understand the correlation between diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Cardiovascular disease is frequently reported in human patients with type-1 diabetes mellitus. Electrical and mechanical problems, resulting in cardiac contractile dysfunction, are the major complications present in diabetic hearts. Despite the available data, the molecular mechanisms responsible for decreased heart performance in diabetes are not well understood.

The ideal candidate will have previous research experience in the field of computational chemistry. More specifically, the candidate will preferably have some experience in:

  1. QM/MM techniques;
  2. molecular dynamics simulations; and
  3. computer programming and scripting languages.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest, and potentially background, in biology. The ideal candidate is a motivated, creative researcher looking for a stimulating work environment and careful mentorship. Strong communication skills and a good work ethic are essential.

The graduate student will take up their position at the University of Lethbridge (UofL). The UofL is located in Lethbridge, which is the largest city in southern Alberta, Canada, populated by about 100,000 people. It is favorably situated within driving distance of many attractive destinations, including: the Rocky Mountains (1 hour), Waterton Lakes National Park (1.25 hours), the cities of Calgary (2 hours) and Edmonton (5 hours), and ski resorts including Castle Mountain (1.5 hours), Fernie, BC (2.5 hours), and Whitefish, Montana, USA (3.5 hours). You can even reach the wine country in beautiful Okanagan Valley, BC in 8 hours.

Please send a letter of motivation, a current curriculum vitae and contact information for at least two references to stacey.wetmore^ The next round of applications to the graduate program at the University of Lethbridge is May 1, 2017, with start date of September 1, 2017. Please indicate earliest available start date. Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

For further details, please do not hesitate to contact Stacey Wetmore at stacey.wetmore^ or Alya Arabi at alya.arabi^ .

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