Post-doc Researcher in Computational Glycobiology

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 Oct 2022

Professor Carme Rovira is looking for a post-doc to work in computational glycobiology. The successful candidate will be applying state-of-art computational methods to model enzymatic reactions and glycan-protein interactions, developing new algorithms and applying them to the analysis of simulation data to aid drug discovery. The successful candidates will work on the prestigious ERC Synergy grant of Prof. Rovira, together with Prof. Gideon J. Davies (University of York) and Prof. Herman S. Overkleeft (University of Leiden).

The perspective researcher will have the opportunity to work on a very exciting project CARBOCENTRE, which aims at developing novel activity-based probes and competitive inhibitors for carbohydrate-active enzymes of interest in biomedicine and biotechnology. They will address complex enzyme reaction mechanisms and apply sophisticated computational methods and algorithms (ab initio molecular dynamics, quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics methodologies and enhanced sampling techniques). The aim is to utilize computational data to understand catalysis in carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) and contribute to the design of activity-based probes for disease-relevant CAZymes, diagnosis markers and selective drugs. The successful candidate will join the dynamic research group of Prof. Rovira within the Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry and the Department of Chemistry (IQTC-UB). They will work in a sophisticated HPC environment, will have access to systems and computational infrastructures, and will be involved in collaborations with experts in different areas.

The project is a collaboration of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Barcelona (Spain), the York Structural Biology Laboratory of the University of York (UK) and the Leiden Institute of Chemistry of the University of Leiden (the Netherlands).

The position is available from January 1st , 2023 for a duration of two years (one year, renewable to a second one). There is also the possibility of renewal to a third year upon funding. The position will be based at the Chemistry Faculty of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in Barcelona, Spain.

Key Duties

  • Conduct high-quality research
  • Publish in high impact journals
  • Present research at national and international conferences and meetings
  • Collaborate with various research groups across Europe and elsewhere
  • Help supervise PhD and MSc students
  • Participate in grant writing and organizational activities
  • Participate in educational and outreach activities

Gross salary per year

We offer a competitive salary in line with the most prestigious government fellowships and according to the cost of living in Barcelona.

How to apply

Required documents

1) Application letter including a summary of previous research.

2) Full Curriculum Vitae including contact details and publication list.

3) Academic transcripts from all Undergraduate, MSc and PhD degrees.

4) Two letters of recommendation (minimum) from scholars that have/had professional relation with the applicant, including the PhD supervisor. The referees (not the applican t) should email their letters directly to before the deadline. Please include the name of the applicant in the subject of the e-mail (e.g. Reference letter for postdoc applicant Sarah Smith).

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