Open Force Field Jobs

Seeking talented scientists to build next-generation force field infrastructure

Open Force Field Initiative Postdoc

The Open Force Field Initiative is seeking talented postdoctoral fellows to work on the development of modern toolkits and new methods for building next-generation molecular mechanics force fields. These positions are supported by the Open Force Field Consortium, which is administered by the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) and funded by an alliance of pharmaceutical and biotech companies aiming to advance the state of force fields for biomolecular simulation and design through an open collaborative effort. Postdocs will work closely with other researchers in the Initiative, multiple academic Initiative PIs, industry Partner scientific collaborators, and software scientists in the at MolSSI to develop and apply new algorithms and modern open source software infrastructure for building high quality biomolecular force fields. We aim to publish frequently and openly—a sample of existing publications can be found here.

The Open Force Field Initiative is a multi-investigator collaboration that aims to build new, quantitatively accurate molecular mechanics force fields supported by a modern software infrastructure, built on principles of open source, open data, and open science. More about their scientific goals and plans can be found in the Open Force Field Initiative Executive Summary or Roadmap.

Desired qualifications

Bonus qualifications (nice to have, but not required!)

Location

Open Force Field Initiative postdocs will generally have flexibility in location, with potential sites including the participating investigator laboratories:

Appointment duration

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the potential for extension to multiple years to focus on other aspects of force field science and engineering. Position is pending final approval of funding.

Applying

Interested candidates should email an application to openforcefield@choderalab.org with the subject line “Postdoc application” that includes:


Janssen Distinguished Open Force Field Consortium Postdoc

Open Force Field Consortium Partner Janssen Research & Development is hiring a postdoc to work on open source, open science Open Force Field Consortium projects! The position will be supervised by Open Force Field Investigators and co-mentored by talented J&J computational chemists, including Gary Tresadern. The position is located at the J&J Beerse site in Belgium.

Apply via the J&J site here: https://jobs.jnj.com/jobs/1905719143W?lang=en-us

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Requisition ID: 1905719143W

Janssen Research & Development seeks to drive innovation and deliver transformational medicines for the treatment of diseases in six therapeutic areas: neuroscience, cardiovascular diseases and metabolism, infectious diseases, immunology, oncology and pulmonary hypertension. In these areas, Janssen aims to address and solve unmet medical needs through the development of small and large molecules, as well as vaccines. The Janssen campus in Beerse (Belgium) has a unique ecosystem covering the complete drug development life cycle, with all capabilities from basic science to market access on one campus. The integrated environment of our campus gives our people the chance to experience many different aspects of drug development throughout their career. It has a successful track record of over sixty years of drug discovery and development and is one of the most important innovation engines of the Janssen group worldwide.

Developing innovative therapeutics to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, various types of cancers and infectious diseases like Hepatitis B, influenza is our passion. In this endeavor, we are seeking to recruit new talent for the comprehensive analyses of high-dimensional datasets using state-of-the-art data science methods applied to drug discovery programs. The position will be opened on the Beerse campus, which is the flagship R&D center for small molecules within Janssen, investing over 1 billion euros each year in R&D.

We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated computational chemist for the position of PostDoc – Open Force Field, Computational Chemistry, at our Beerse, Belgium site. The position is part of the Open Force Field Consortium, funded by an alliance of pharmaceutical and biotech companies aiming to advance the state of force fields for biomolecular simulation and design through an open collaborative effort. The Open Force Field Initiative is a multi-investigator collaboration that aims to build new, quantitatively accurate molecular mechanics force fields supported by a modern software infrastructure, built on principles of open source, open data, and open science. Collaborating academic laboratories include: Michael K. Gilson (UCSD, La Jolla, CA), John D. Chodera (MSKCC, New York City, NY), Lee-Ping Wang (UCD, Davis, CA), David L. Mobley (UCI, Irvine, CA), or Michael R. Shirts (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO). Janssen is part of this consortium and we seek a skilled PostDoc to contribute to this exciting collaborative project.

Responsibilities of the PostDoc Scientist will include:

Qualifications

Appointment: The position will be for two years.

Open Force Field Initiative: To find out more about the Open Force Field Initiative, visit http://openforcefield.org.

Up to 10% travel may be required