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Research Fellow (Software Engineer for Molecular Simulation)

  • Application Deadline
    25 August 2019
    (application date has expired)
  • Job Salary
    £35,328 to £42,701 per annum
  • Website
  • Contact Name
    Prof Peter Coveney

Full Time: The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

The salary range will be £35,328 to £42,701 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow/Software Engineer to work with Professor Peter Coveney in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The successful candidate will join a very active cross-disciplinary group in the Centre for Computational Science. A PhD degree in bio-molecular dynamics modelling for protein-ligand alchemical binding free energy determination is a minimal requirement together with demonstrable ability to programme in more than one high-level language.

We are looking for a research software engineer to support our work in computer-based drug discovery and personalised medicine. Our main focus is employing molecular dynamics simulations to investigate origins of drug resistance in pathologies such as HIV, cancer, and antimicrobial resistance. A major focus of this position will be developing automated workflows using the NAMD and OpenMM packages to perform binding free energy calculations. The postholder will be responsible for supporting large simulation campaigns on ultra-high-end supercomputers, including Summit, the number one in the Top 500 list of supercomputers worldwide.

The post is funded by the European Commission and is available from 1 September 2019 or soon thereafter, for a period of 24 months initially.

The successful candidate must have a PhD (or near to being awarded a PhD) in bio-molecular dynamics modelling for protein-ligand alchemical binding free energy determination, with proven extensive parallel programming expertise in at least two languages (e.g. C++ and Python). They must have experience using common molecular dynamics packages including at least one of NAMD, AMBER, GROMACS and OpenMM.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922 to £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to https://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-resources/working-ucl/jobs-ucl and search on Reference Number Number 1816446

Please include a publication list along with CV.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Peter Coveney ( [email protected] ). Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James - [email protected]

Closing Date: 25th August 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.To apply click here https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?owner=5041178&ownertype=fair&jcode=1816446

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