Postdoc in Computational Protein Chemistry

Wednesday 11 Sep 19

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A 1½ year (18 months) postdoctoral position in computational protein chemistry is available at DTU Chemistry starting from January 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The project is financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF).


The project involves the computational study of protein stability. The main goal of the project is to understand the physical causes of protein stability and ultimately to develop a new accurate method for computing the stability of protein mutants, relevant to important diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and ALS.


The project requires substantial use of data bases, statistics, optimization algorithms (machine learning) and programming, as well as an excellent understanding of the physical chemistry of proteins. 

Responsibilities and tasks
  • Collect and analyze experimental data for protein stabilities of protein mutants
  • Develop accurate models that predict the change in stability upon single- and multiple amino acid changes in a protein.
  • Develop the computational stability predictor and implement it on a webpage.
  • Write papers and publish results in high-quality scientific journals.
  • Candidates should have a PhD degree in computational chemistry, physics, or related fields.
  • Strong experience with protein modelling and protein chemistry.
  • Excellent programming and scripting skills.
  • Several first-author papers in good international journals.
  • Commitment to science and high productivity and work morale.
  • Strong communication skills in English.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The position is for 18 months.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Kasper Planeta Kepp, tel.: +45 4525 2409.

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 1 October 2019.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (an official translation into English)
  • List of publications with applicant’s name highlighted.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

 All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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