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Date: Fri Jun 26 14:59:05 2020
Subject: 20.06.26 Postdoctoral Position: Electron Nuclear Dynamics for Proton Cancer Therapy Reactions
A NIH-funded postdoctoral position in theoretical/computational 
chemistry is available in the group of Prof. Jorge A. Morales in the 
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University 
(TTU), Lubbock, Texas, USA.

About the Projects:
We are looking for a self-motivated and collaborative candidate who 
will help us to apply and program electron nuclear dynamics (END) 
methodologies to simulate proton cancer therapy (PCT) reactions (e.g.,
water radiolysis, and proton- and electron-induced DNA damage, cf. 
E. S. Teixeira et al., Cancers 2018, 10, 136, END is a time-dependent, 
variational, non-adiabatic and direct-dynamics method that describes 
nuclei classically and electrons quantum mechanically. Projects are 
broadly defined so a suitable candidate can contribute in at least one 
of the following areas: 1) Further parallelization and application of 
our codes to simulate PCT reactions involving large biomolecules and 
water clusters, 2) incorporating solvent models into END to simulate 
PCT reactions, or 3) modelling PCT reactions involving electron 

Candidate Requirements:
Candidates should be familiar with electronic structure methods (e.g. 
Hartree-Fock, DFT, or post-Hartree-Fock methods) and/or chemical 
dynamics methods. Coding experience with those methods would be ideal.
Candidates should have experience with at least one of the following 
programming languages: Python, FORTRAN, or C++. Additional assets for 
application may include experience with PCT reaction simulations 
including those with electron capture/scattering, with MPI and OpenMP 
parallel programming, with polarizable continuum solvent models, or 
with electronic structure methods based on plane waves basis sets.
Terms and Application:
The initial appointment will be for a period of one year, renewable for
a second year upon mutual consent. Applications must include cover 
letter, description of research experiences and interests, and a full 
CV including list of publications and references. Candidates should
apply at, click on staff 
(or other corresponding category) at the upper left, and search for 
requisition 20987BR. Applicants must also have two letters of 
recommendation addressed to Prof. Jorge A. Morales and emailed to 
Ms. Donna M. Forsyth (donna.m.forsyth[#] For questions and 
problems in the application procedure through the above link, please, 
email Donna M. Forsyth. For informal inquiries about the position 
itself and its research aspects, please, email Prof. Jorge A. Morales 
(jorge.morales[#] The position will remain open until the 
appropriate candidate is hired.
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