Research Associate in Energy Landscapes of Intrinsically Multifunctional Biomolecules

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2021 in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher to work with Professor David Wales in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. The project involves the development of theory and computer simulation within the energy landscapes framework, with particular reference to the analysis and design of multifunctional biomolecules. The research includes aspects of both atomistic and coarse-grained modelling, including designs for biomolecular switches, and the influence of competing morphologies on aggregation propensity.

Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in theoretical chemistry or physics. Significant expertise in computer simulation and statistical mechanics is essential. Experience with the energy landscape exploration codes GMIN, OPTIM and PATHSAMPLE would be an advantage. The project will exploit atomistic and coarse-grained models, as well as the local rigid body framework to investigate systems capable of functioning as molecular switches and functional nanodevices.

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Further information can be obtained from Professor David Wales (email:

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