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Date: Tue Sep 19 15:13:52 2017
Subject: 17.09.19 Postdoctoral Associate in Polarizable MD Simulations, Virginia Tech Biochemistry
A position for one (1) postdoctoral associate is available in the newly formed laboratory
of Prof. Justin Lemkul in the Virginia Tech Department of Biochemistry. The lab uses 
molecular simulations to study the details of biomolecular conformational ensembles 
and the atomistic details of disease mechanisms, ultimately utilizing this information for
computer-aided drug design. The successful candidate will work on simulation studies 
of DNA and RNA G-quadruplexes and amyloid peptides using the polarizable Drude 
oscillator model. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop their own projects as 
long as they overlap with the expertise and interests of the lab.

The postdoctoral associate will conduct research on the two projects listed, including 
mentoring/training graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants are expected to 
work independently, assist in project design and data analysis, author manuscripts for 
peer review, and present at national/international conferences. Applicants must have 
completed a recent Ph.D. in biochemistry, biophysics, physical chemistry, computational 
chemistry, or a closely related field before starting this appointment. Prior expertise in 
molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and familiarity with high-performance computing 
are also required. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding communication skills via a 
strong record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations. 

Experience in any of the following areas is highly desirable: programming (C/C++, 
Python, Fortran, etc), enhanced sampling methods, force field development, intrinsically 
disordered proteins and biomolecular conformational ensembles, and theoretical/
quantum chemistry.
For a complete listing of position qualifications, and to apply, please visit, and search for posting # SR0170341. Review of applications 
will begin October 2, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech
is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals 
with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Anyone 
having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office 
for Equity and Accessibility.
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