Postdoc in computational biophysics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 26 Jul 2021

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

The division of Biophysics is located at Science for Life Laboratory, where the team develops some of the world’s most used tools for modelling biological systems with particular applications to membrane proteins and techniques for drug design. We seek a postdoctoral scholar to work on large-scale simulations of membrane proteins, in particular ligand-gated ion channels, as well as development of methods to make it possible to model activation and allosteric modulation with computer simulations. The research is part of an EU-funded center-of-excellence, and the duties will also involve documenting and showcasing how simulations can be performed efficiently on supercomputers. The work will include collaboration and conference travel, in particular in Europe.

What we offer
  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
  • A world-leading research environment in life science and biophysics that is also diverse and gender-balanced.
  • Active mentorship and career development targeting both academia and industry.
  • Excellent international networks and travel funding.

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (With some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume).
  • Experience from computational biochemistry or computational biophysics.
  • Experience in leading the preparation of scientific publications.
  • Experience from computational modeling of biological macromolecules.
  • Experience from programming, ideally C++ or Python.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, as it is required in the daily work.

Preferred qualifications

We expect that you are an active researcher who has led at least one scientific publication and prefer that you have already worked with molecular dynamics or similar techniques. It is highly commendable with prior experience life science applications, molecular dynamics simulations of proteins, modeling of protein motion/binding, or free energy calculation – in particular for membrane proteins. A strong track record of teaching is also a merit, as well as awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues with specific focus on gender equality. It is important that the candidate can work efficiently both as part of a larger team and independently.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

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The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.
  • Contact information for two references.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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