Research Fellow in Molecular Modelling (Maternity Cover)

Queen's University Belfast
Belfast (City/Town)
£33,797 per annum
16 Mar 2020
16 Apr 2020
Job Type

Queen’s University Belfast

Research Fellow in Molecular Modelling (Maternity Cover)

School of Pharmacy                                                            

Ref: 20/108194

We are recruiting for a Research Fellow in Molecular Modelling to join a group led by Dr Irina Tikhonova to cover a period of maternity leave. The successful candidate will be an active member of the group assisting with the planning and delivery of research within the area of structure-based drug design methods so that the overall research objectives of the project are met. The Research Fellow will develop, plan and deliver an area of personal research and expertise, and undertake research under supervision aimed at understanding allosteric drug binding to membrane proteins. Techniques may include molecular dynamics simulations (NAMD, GROMACS or AMBER), enhanced sampling simulations, allosteric network analysis, 3D-GRID-based analysis, docking, scoring, virtual screening, substructure search, machine learning as well as sequence analysis.

The successful candidate must have:

• Or be about to obtain a PhD in computational chemistry, computational biophysics, molecular modelling, computer-aided drug design or a closely related area

• Strong background in structure-based ligand design methods

• Proficiency in at least one standard scientific package, i.e. Schrodinger Small Molecule Drug Discovery suite, OpenEye or MOE

• Proficiency in at least one MD simulation program, i.e. NAMD, Gromacs, Amber or ACEMD

• Experience in molecular docking: Glide, Autodock, Dock and etc.

• Experience with high-performance computing

• At least 3 years recent research experience in computational chemistry or related field with proficiency in molecular simulation and molecular docking methods

Salary: £33,797 per annum

This post is available until 30 September 2020. 

Closing date: Monday 20 April 2020

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