Postdoc in Computational Protein Chemistry

DTU Chemistry
Tuesday 12 Jun 18

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A two-year postdoctoral position in computational protein chemistry is available at DTU Chemistry starting from September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter in the group of Professor Kasper P. Kepp. Approximately 9 months of the project is planned to take place at Cambridge University in the Blundell group. The project is financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF).
 
The project involves the computational study of protein stability. The main goal of the project is to develop a new protein stability calculator with a target accuracy of ½ kcal/mol (current methods have best accuracies in independent tests of ~1 kcal/mol).
 
The work will involve substantial use of data bases, statistics, and programming, as well as physical chemistry of proteins.  
 
Responsibilities and tasks

  • Collect experimental data for protein stabilities of protein mutants
  • Develop accurate models that predict the change in stability upon single- and multiple amino acid changes in a protein.
  • Develop the computational stability predictor and implement it on a webpage.
  • Write papers Publish results in leading journals.

Some limited additional work (3 weeks per year) for the department is expected in the form of course teaching, research and logistic support to the department at DTU.

Qualifications

  • Candidates should have a PhD degree in computational chemistry, physics, or related fields.
  • Strong experience with protein modelling and protein chemistry.
  • Excellent programming and scripting skills required for implementing the model.
  • Several first-author papers in good international journals.
  • Commitment to science and high productivity and work morale
  • Strong communication skills in English.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The position is for two years.

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The position includes an internationally competitive salary and pension package, vacation allowance, and Danish state-paid health care.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 August 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (an official translation into English)
  • List of publications with applicant’s name highlighted

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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