PhD positions

PhD positions are available in the broad field of computational biophysics. If you are a very driven young scientist, who is excited about learning and applying advanced computational methods, send an a email to with your CV and motivation letter. 

Post-doctoral positions

One post-doctoral position is available in out lab in computational biophysics. Research in the Palermo 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 conventional Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations, enhanced sampling methods, ab-inito MD and emerging cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) refinement. As well, she/he will have the opportunity to join ongoing collaborations with leading experimental scientists at UCR, UC Berkeley and at UC San Diego. We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow with the following research background and interests:

1) MD simulations of protein and nucleic acid systems, including but not limited to DNA/RNA dynamics, protein-protein interactions, and ion-protein interactions. Experiences with enhanced sampling and unconventional analysis methods, including but not limited to the dimensionality reduction methods, correlation analysis and Markov state modeling is preferred.

2) Knowledge of QM/MM approaches, based one ab-initio MD approaches (i.e., the Born-Oppenheimer and Car-Parrinello methods) is preferred but not strictly required

3) Applicants should hold a PhD in physics, chemistry, computational sciences or related fieds. 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 UC salary scale.

To apply, please email your CV 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:

  • Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship
  • NIH/NSF post-doctoral and graduate fellowships
  • Human Frontier 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.