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Postdoc Opportunity: Nanoscience and Biophysics using Theory and Computation

an IBP member program

Academic Level:
Postdoc & Early Career

We have a postdoctoral opening in theoretical and computational nanoscale and biophysical science. You will support interdisciplinary efforts to develop measurement approaches for a range of biophysical systems, including DNA self-assembly, vibrational energy transport in biomolecules, and ion channel function. As part of a highly-collaborative team, you will work in close contact with experimental groups, affording the opportunity to put theory into practice. Experience of particular interest include:

- Computational methods for simulating atomistic biomolecular dynamics

- Analytical and numerical techniques for simulating chemical kinetics

- Expertise in the properties of biomolecules and structure-function relationships

You will work at the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory under mentorship of Group Leader Michael Zwolak and have the opportunity to:

- Develop novel theoretical and computational frameworks for biomolecular simulation

- Gain experience with model building, validation, and uncertainty quantification

- Receive one-on-one career and professional development mentoring

- Access professional development opportunities

- Participate in NIST leadership groups, such as ANHA (Association of NIST Hispanic Americans), PEAR (Postdoctoral and Early-career Association of Researchers), and WiSTEM (Women in STEM)

- Present at national and international professional conferences

- Publish in prestigious journals

To learn more or apply, use the Pathways portal or send a brief statement of interest and CV to Program Coordinator Daniel Serrano . We strongly encourage members from underrepresented groups in STEM to apply.


- PhD. in Physics, Chemistry, or a closely related field

- Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in computational physics at the atomistic scale

- Experience converting theory into models, implementing models, and evaluating algorithms and methods for their fitness for a particular task, as well as developing new numerical algorithms

- Knowledge and understanding of biophysical measurement techniques

- Experience with programming in Python, FORTRAN, C and/or C++ on high-performance and/or heterogenous computer systems.

- Demonstrated creativity and innovation in approaching challenging technical problems

- Demonstrated verbal and written communication and presentation skills necessary to author technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and to deliver scientific presentations

Desired skills:

- Familiarity with techniques for simulating multiple time- and length-scales (e.g., all-atom molecular dynamics, accelerated molecular dynamics, Brownian dynamics, and kinetic Monte Carlo).

- Ability to perform analytical calculations with sets of stochastic and partial differential equations.
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Participating Institution(s):
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University of Maryland, College Park (Lead)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Program Materials:

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Academic Disciplines:
Computational Sciences
Computer Sciences

Chemical Physics
Computational Biology
Computational Chemical Biology
Computational Chemistry
Computer Modeling
Mathematical Modelling
Molecular Biophysics

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