Professor Dimitrios Morikis is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in computational biophysics to work on design/discovery of low molecular mass fluorescent ligands for a complement system protein. The complement system is part of innate immunity and a link between innate and adaptive immunities, and its over-activation has been associated with age-related macular degeneration and many autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. This work is funded by an NIH R01 grant, and will be performed in Professor Morikis’ Biomolecular Modeling and Design Lab (BioMoDeL) at the Department of Bioengineering of the University of California, Riverside.
The successful candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: pharmacophore-based virtual screening, protein-ligand docking, protein/peptide design, and molecular dynamics simulations. Experience, or willingness to obtain experience, with basic wet lab methods for ligand binding and functional activity to validate computational findings is expected.
Candidates must be a recent (or soon-to-be) Ph.D. graduate or a current postdoctoral fellow in biophysics, biophysical chemistry, bioengineering, or a related field.
UCR is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system that is renowned for pioneering research. State-of-the-art facilities for high performance computing are available in BioMoDeL and on campus.
Interested applicants should contact Professor Morikis via email, attaching a statement of interests and a curriculum vitae. After an initial teleconference conversation and if there is common interest, the candidates will be asked to provide professional references.
Dimitrios Morikis, PhD
Director of BioMoDeL
Department of Bioengineering
Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
University of California, Riverside
Editor-in-Chief, BMC Biophysics
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For more information see our lab website: http://biomodel.engr.ucr.edu/
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