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Date: Wed Feb 26 22:14:44 2020
Subject: 20.02.26 Postdoc in Computational Biology and Computer-Aided Drug Discovery at USC, Los Angeles
A postdoctoral position is available at the Michelson Center (USC, 
Los Angeles) Computational Biochemistry Lab. Our research program 
(, closely integrating computational and 
experimental approaches, is aimed at deciphering signaling mechanisms 
of GPCRs and the discovery of new generation drug candidates and tool 
compounds targeting these receptors. 

We are looking for talented researches to join our team in developing 
and applying state of the art molecular modeling and machine learning 
tools for deciphering structure-function of proteins and protein-ligand 
interactions; virtual ligand screening in ultra-large combinatorial 
libraries; QSAR and rational lead optimization. You will use these tools 
to design receptors and ligands with new properties for neurobiology and 
potential clinical applications in pain treatment, inflammation, 
metabolic and neurodegenerative disease, and cancer. 
Our computational studies involve close interactions with structural 
biologists, synthetic and medicinal chemists at USC and Michelson Center 
for Convergent Sciences, Psychoactive Drug Screening Program at UNC, 
MD Anderson Cancer Center at UT, and other established collaborators. 
The position is funded by NIH and internal USC grants, and offers highly 
competitive salaries and a vibrant interdisciplinary environment.

Job Requirements  

- Ph.D. in computational chemistry / chemistry/ biophysics/ 
 bioinformatics/ computer sciences / chemical engineering or a related field

- Demonstrated experience in structural bioinformatics, molecular modeling, 
computational chemistry and cheminformatics applications to drug design

- Programming and scripting skills (Python, Perl, Linux shell, Pipelining, 
knowledge of Java and database management)

- Hands-on experience with at least one of the major drug discovery 
software packages (Molsoft ICM, Schrodinger, OpenEye)

- Demonstrated expertise in molecular dynamics studies of GPCRs and other 
membrane proteins is a plus

- Established record of high-quality scientific research and publications

- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and scientific creativity 
are essential. 

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

The position is available immediately. Qualified applicants should send a
CV and contact information for at least 3 references to Prof. Vsevolod
Seva Katritch (katritch[a] Applications will be considered 
until the position is filled.

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