Postdoctoral Associate, Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York
Commensurate with experience
December 27 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):  
Doctoral Degree or foreign equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related discipline in hand by May 31, 2019. Strong background in biophysical science.  The ability to program and navigate in a unix-based environment (e.g. C++, python, shell scripting) and prior experience using atomistic molecular modeling methods (e.g. docking de novo design, MD, Monte Carlo) to study protein-ligand binding.  Strong communication and writing skills are essential. 
Preferred Qualifications:   
Grant writing experience. First-author peer reviewed publications. 
Brief Description of Duties:  The Postdoctoral Associate will assist the Principal Investigator, Dr. Robert Rizzo, in the department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics.  The incumbent will conduct research and ensure that all experiments are appropriately conducted following the policies and procedures of Stony Brook University. 

  • Development of improved methods for docking, de novo design, and molecular evolution. 
  • Lead discovery targeting biological systems involved in human disease (HIV/AIDS, cancer, pain/inflammation, Ebola, and Zika, among others) using the program DOCK 
  • Lead refinement of active compounds using DOCK and molecular dynamics programs such as AMBER and NAMD
  • Participation and assistance in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and presentations.
  • Participation in grant writing. 
  • Lab maintenance and ordering of supplies
  • Other duties as assigned, attending scientific conferences and meetings.

Special notes: 

The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation.  Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding.  FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption. Candidates should ensure their CV includes names and contact information for three references.  In addition, all applicants should upload a cover letter outlining scientific training, prior experience, and research interests in the area of computational structural biology.  Two year appointment contingent upon satisfactory progress after first year.

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About Stony Brook:

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore.  Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the New York Blue IBM BG/L+P supercomputer, owned by Stony Brook and managed by BNL.  Stony Brook is a partner in managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, and is the largest institutional scientific user of BNL facilities. As such, many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments can be arranged.

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For a full position description, or to apply online, visit: (Req. # 1803474)

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