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Researcher Position in Computational Biochemistry in Organic Chemistry

Uppsala University is delighted to offer a postdoctoral fellowship position in computational biology. Candidates are welcome before March 27, 2020.

The Kamerlin group seeks a researcher to join our team.

We are an international and interdisciplinary team of dedicated scientists who come from different backgrounds to study biochemical problems such as enzyme evolution, and structure-function-dynamics relationships in biomolecular systems, as well as fundamental problems in physical organic chemistry, using a range of advanced computational tools. Where relevant to solving problems of interest to us, we also engage in methodology development. These positions are funded by a range of sources including the Swedish Research Council and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

The focus of the work will be on using computational tools to understand and guide the evolution of new enzyme functions, as well as the role of ligand-gated conformational changes in enzyme catalysis. More details about our team, and our research interests, can be found on the lab website: http://www.kamerlinlab.com.

Duties: Full time research, mentorship of junior researchers, and, for interested candidates, the possibility of teaching duties (up to 20%). The position will also include international travel to conferences and meetings with collaborators. From a scientific perspective, this position will involve computational integration of simulation and experimental data using a range of molecular simulation tools, including both standard and enhanced molecular dynamics simulations, empirical valence bond and QM/MM simulations, free energy calculations, structural bioinformatics and machine learning

techniques.

- PhD in a STEM discipline with a strong background in computational chemistry and/or

computational biology, with experience in one or more of the techniques used in the Kamerlin lab (see Duties, above).

- Either: (1) experience in modeling enzyme reaction mechanisms and/or enzyme function-dynamics relationships, in particular in the context of understanding enzyme evolution, or (2) experience in using enhanced sampling approaches (such as replica exchange or metadynamics) to study biomolecular systems, with particular preference given to studies of the role of conformational dynamics in enzyme engineering or evolution.

- Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English, as well as publications of a high scientific standard (assessed according to the DORA principles, see https://sfdora.org/read/).

- Good collaborative skills, such as working with others or in a team.

Emphasis will also be placed on personal skills. In this case, we place particular weight on the ability to work as part of a team and a positive attitude towards mobility. The applicant will be responsible for a part of a larger project, and the ability to work independently and to take responsibility will be required.

The application will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Appropriate

education and work/research in related fields. Emphasis will also be placed on personal skills.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University's excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.


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