Postdoc in Computational Membrane Protein Biophysics

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
$51,000 to $65,000, depending on previous experience, plus health/transportation benefits
July 11 2017
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A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Theoretical Molecular Biophysics Laboratory at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, led by Dr. José Faraldo-Gómez. The successful candidate will participate in a cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary research program aiming to elucidate the structural mechanisms of membrane proteins involved in transmembrane transport, signaling and bioenergetics.  

Postdoctoral candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Biophysics, obtained less than 5 years ago. Previous postdoctoral experience is not required, but a good publication record, including two or more first-author articles in peer-reviewed journals, is essential. Only original-research articles, either published or accepted, will be considered. The following are also required: an advanced understanding of protein structure and physical chemistry; extensive training and experience with conventional and enhanced-sampling molecular simulations; proficiency in Linux-based systems and scripting languages; fluency in spoken and written English. The following are not essential but would be greatly advantageous: demonstrable programming skills in C/C++; the capacity to improve or develop molecular and numerical simulation methodologies; experience with force-field development using quantum-mechanical and/or statistical methods; experience in computational and/or experimental membrane protein biology. 

The National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland, is a world-class environment for research into the structure and function of biomolecules and macromolecular complexes, with great potential for interdisciplinary collaborations. A wide array of career-advancement and specialized training opportunities is available on campus. Numerous recreational activities are also organized. 

The starting salary will range from $51,000 to $65,000, depending on previous experience and qualifications. An excellent health insurance plan, which may include dependants, and a subsidy for public-transportation costs, will be provided in addition to the salary. The appointment will be renewable on a yearly basis, for a maximum of 5 years. Applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents will require a valid visa. Students in the US on an F1 visa may apply for an 2-year OPT extension, sponsored by NIH. Individuals requiring a J1 visa will be subject to the 2-year home-residency requirement after their 5-year term. Individuals requiring an H1B visa are generally not eligible.

Dr. Faraldo-Gómez is committed to equal opportunity hiring. Applications from qualified female and/or minority scientists, as well as from individuals with disabilities, are strongly encouraged. 

Qualified individuals should contact Dr. José Faraldo-Gómez by e-mail, at Please attach a comprehensive curriculum vitae, publication list and contact details for 3 or more referees.

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