Postdoc in Computational Protein Science

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A 1 year (12 months) postdoctoral position in computational protein science is available at DTU Chemistry starting from February 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The project is financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF).

The project is in collaboration with researchers at Cambridge University (Prof Tom Blundell and Arun Pandurangan). The main goal of the project is to understand the physical causes of protein stability and develop a new method for computing the effects of mutations in proteins, including membrane proteins, relevant to important diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and ALS.

The project requires substantial use of data bases, statistics, optimization algorithms (machine learning) and programming, and understanding of structural chemistry of proteins. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
You are expected to

  • Help with developing a method for predicting protein mutation effects
  • Help with the development of a model for membrane protein mutation effects
  • Help to implement on a webpage.
  • Write papers and publish results in high-quality scientific journals.

As a formal qualification: You hold a PhD degree in e.g. computational chemistry, physics, or bioinformatics. Furthermore you have:

  • Strong experience with protein modelling.
  • Excellent programming and scripting skills.
  • 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 period of employment is 1 year.

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

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Kasper Planeta Kepp, e-mail:

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 20 January 2020 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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

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