Openings

Post-doctoral position in computational drug discovery

A post-doctoral scholar position is available 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 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 is funded by an NIH R01 grant and will be performed in close collaboration with the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of California Los Angeles (ranked 5th in the US among eye institutes), which will provide experimental support and validation to the computations performed in our lab. 

To apply, email your CV and motivation letter to giulia.palermo@ucr.edu


PhD and post-doctoral positions

PhD & post-doctoral positions are available in our lab in the broad field of computational biophysics. 

Our lab focuses on applying and developing novel computational methods to unravel the function and improve applications of key macromolecular complexes responsible of gene regulation, DNA cleavage and replication, RNA transcription and in translation.

The appointees will apply a variety of computational methods, spanning from Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations to enhanced sampling techniques. Our lab’s expertise also includes mixed quantum/classical (QM/MM) approaches and ab-initio MD (i.e.  the Born-Oppenheimer and Car-Parrinello approaches). MD simulations will be combined with unconventional analysis methods for dimensionality reduction, correlation analysis and Markov state models.  Moreover, our interest is in emerging cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) processing methods. The appointee will also join ongoing collaborations with leading experimental scientists at UCR, UC Berkeley and at UC San Diego. 

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 to giulia.palermo@.ucr.edu


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

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.