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Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemistry & Biochemistry

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College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

CONTEXT OF THE JOB: 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a nationally ranked, research-intensive unit with over $25 million dollars of research-grade instrumentation including spectrometers (nuclear magnetic resonance, mass, optical, x-ray), chromatographs (gas and liquid), vacuum equipment (pumps, chambers) and laboratory equipment (analytical balances, centrifuges, motors, refrigeration and other temperature-controlled devices, etc.).  

The Hadden Lab specializes in molecular dynamics simulations of viral proteins and their assemblies. Under the supervision of Dr. Jodi Hadden-Perilla, the postdoctoral researcher will take the lead in applying molecular dynamics simulations to characterize the human papillomavirus (HPV) capsid as a drug target, in a project funded by the NIH, through the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Discovery of Chemical Probes and Therapeutic Leads https://sites.udel.edu/cobrediscovery/ . Salary will be commensurate with current NIH NRSA stipend levels. To apply, applicants should submit a statement of interest, C.V., and contact information for three professional references. 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Carry out high-quality computational research on viral protein dynamics. 

  • Construct molecular models, integrating data from experimental sources. 

  • Perform molecular dynamics simulations and related calculations. 

  • Design, program, and execute hypothesis-driven analyses of molecular dynamics simulation trajectories. 

  • Work up scientific data for publication and prepare manuscripts. 

  • Attend national and/or international conferences to represent the lab and present results. 

  • Assist in preparation of grant proposals to support the research. 

  • Assists with special projects and performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Bioinformatics or a related field. 

  • Publication record demonstrating experience with molecular dynamics simulations.  

  • Fluency in a programming language commonly used to process molecular dynamics simulation trajectories and related numerical data, e.g. Tcl, Python, R, MATLAB. 

  • Experience with Linux and high-performance computing environments. 

  • Excellent written and oral English communications skills.  

  • Ability to work independently and contribute to a collaborative team environment. 

  • Willingness to train and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. 

  • Commitment to fostering a positive and supportive laboratory environment. 

  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds. 

  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.  

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