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Research Associate Position
Computational Biophysics

Desktop computer system A postdoctoral Research Associate position in the area of Computational Biophysics will be available in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Kansas State University. The selected candidate will be expected to be heavily involved in developing and performing multi-scale simulations of protein assembly and amyloid growth. This is a joint research project between the Chen Group and the Schmit Group (KSU Physics). S/He will also have the opportunity to work on additional projects of mutual interest to the Chen and/or Schmit labs. For information on our current research interests and topics, please refer to our group webpages: http://www.k-state.edu/bmb/labs/jc/ and http://www.phys.ksu.edu/personal/schmit/.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, or a related field
  • Extensive experience with at least one of the major biomolecular modeling packages
  • Published articles in biomolecular modeling and simulation

Successful applicants should also have strong background in statistical mechanics and display excellent general knowledge and understanding of biophysics, computation and biomolecular modeling. An ideal candidate would be technically competent, with excellent computational skills, and strong programming and scripting ability. S/He should also display exceptional 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.

Screening of applications will begin August 25, 2014 and continue until position is filled. The initial appointment is one year. Appointment may be renewed depending on work performance, mutual research interest, and availability of funding. Application materials should be sent by email to:

Dr. Jianhan Chen at bchsrch@ksu.edu
Please use “Computational Biophysicist search” as the subject line.

Application materials must include:

  • Cover letter stating interests and longer-term goals
  • Comprehensive CV that includes a description of relevant course work and research publications
  • Names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three professional references

The university is located in Manhattan, a beautiful college town in the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas, approximately 2 hours from 3 larger cities (Kansas City, Wichita and Lincoln) and 1 hour from Topeka (state capitol). Manhattan was most recently ranked as the #5 Best Small Town for Business and Careers by Forbes.

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