Post-doctoral positions

A post-doctoral position is available in the Palermo lab in the broad field of computational biophysics and Molecular Dynamics (MD).

Our lab masters computational methods based on MD, with applications to unravel the function and improve applications of key genome editing systems, including (but not limited to) the leading CRISPR-Cas9 system.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to employ and further develop state-of-the-art computational methods, from conventional MD to enhanced sampling methods, with the goal of understanding the mechanism and to improve the genome editing applications of CRISPR-Cas9. This research will also involve mixed quantum/classical (QM/MM) approaches and unconventional analysis methods based on graph-theory, as well as application of a Markov State Model. Interest in the lab is also growing toward coarse grained methods. Therefore, applications from candidates holding expertise in coarse graining is welcome! The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join existing collaborations with leading experimental scientists in the CRISPR field at the University of Zurich and at UC Berkeley. She/he will also collaborate with NMR scientists at Brown University.

Motivation in learning and developing unconventional computational approaches during the appointment will be key for the successful applicant.

The University of California Riverside is a public research University belonging to the University of California system, located in the vibrant research area of southern California. The appointee will be employed in the Department of Bioengineering, receiving competitive salary and benefits, in agreement with the National Institutes of Health. The Riverside area in greater Los Angeles offers a high quality of life, with ideal weather, excellent schools, abundant outdoor recreation and affordable housing. The Palermo lab offers a warm and productive environment for young, aspiring scientists.

To apply, email your CV and motivation letter to

Post-doctoral position in computational drug discovery

A post-doctoral scholar position is available at the University of California Riverside in the field of computational drug discovery. We are seeking a post-doctoral scholar with interest in molecular docking, pharmacophore modeling, virtual screening, free energy perturbation and molecular dynamics simulations, as well as with the potential to perform collaborative experimental studies.

The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment led by the experimental expertise of Prof. Valentine Vullev ( and by Prof. Giulia Palermo (, an expert in computational biophysics, who will lead computational investigations.

Research will be conducted on the design and discovery of small molecules and peptides acting as biomarkers of age-related macular degeneration, a severe pathology affecting the eye. This work will be performed in close collaboration with the the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of California Los Angeles (ranked 5th in the US among eye institutes), which will provide further experimental support through the application of stte-of-the-art imaging techniques. 

To apply, email your CV and motivation letter to

Externally funded PhD and post-doctoral positions

We welcome graduate and post-doctoral researchers who consider applying for their own financial support. We will provide the required support and guidance in the preparation of the project and of the application. Motivated young scientists interested in joining the lab can consider the following opportunities:

  • US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply for NRSA F32 post-doctoral fellowships, and join T32 Training Grants
  • NIH/NSF post-doctoral and graduate fellowships
  • Human Frontier & Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship
  • Royal society post-doctoral opportunities
  • Swiss National Science Foundation post-doctoral grants

Our commitment to diversity 

The lab welcomes graduate, undergraduate and post-doctoral scholars from under-represented groups. We believe that a multicultural attitude is a key of success, enabling to interface diverse people, mutually sharing different perspectives and enriching our worldview.

Besides being funded by our lab, we are happy to help graduate students to apply for their own fellowships. Opportunities are available from the NIH, such as the MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Awards (T34) program and the University of California system, such as the STARS (Summer Training Academy for Research Success) program.

Post-doctoral scientists can apply to several programs aimed at increasing the diversity in Science, such as the Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Enrichment Program, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program and others.