Theory and Simulation Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Boise State University
- Location: Boise, ID
- Job Number: 7102653
- Posting Date: Jun 15, 2022
Job DescriptionServes in a temporary position that enables an individual with their Ph.D. to continue their training as a researcher and gain skills and experience that will prepare them for their research career in academia or elsewhere. As a postdoc, the position can perform mostly independent research, collaborate on a multi-scholar research initiative, or even may have lead responsibility for discrete components of a larger research project or program, all while under the general direction of a senior or principal researcher.
60% of Time the Postdoctoral Research Fellow must:
Conduct examinations of the structure and dynamics of molecular excitons in DNA-template dye aggregates using state-of-the practice theory, modeling, and programming tools.
Perform as part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of engineers, physicists, and chemists with expertise in a variety of steady-state, ultrafast, and single-molecule experimental methods and computational approaches.
Participate as an active and supportive member of the qDNA research group, maintaining a high level of communication with its members, as well as publishing results in a timely manner and presenting annually at one or more professional conferences (travel funding is available).
35% of Time the Postdoctoral Research Fellow must:
Problem solve research challenges and model development, as applicable.
Contribute discrete components of a larger project under the general direction of a senior or principal researcher.
Prepare complete documentation of research activities for reference purposes, including following applicable data management protocols.
Analyze, interpret, and document research findings for review.
Compare actual and expected results and suggest solutions to correct the deviations.
Evaluate existing research or modeling techniques and recommend improvements to ensure quality and productivity.
Assist in the preparation of proposals and reports.
Assist in teaching classes.
5% other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.
Excellent teamwork and communication skills.
Scientific writing skills demonstrated through peer reviewed publications.
Ability to acquire accurate, reproducible data.
Critical eye towards consistency, reproducibility, and the scientific method in general.
Excellent project and time management skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and mentoring skills.
Advocate for safety and ethics in the work place.
Preference is given for a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, bioengineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, or a related field.
Demonstrated theoretical understanding of and expertise in density functional theory (DFT), time-dependent (TD) DFT, and molecular dynamics (MD), as they apply to the study of molecular aggregates and DNA scaffolds.
Working knowledge of machine learning, data science, and programming (e.g., Python or other relevant language) techniques applied to materials research.
Working theoretical background knowledge of the chemistry of dyes and nucleic acids, as well as energy transfer mechanisms at the molecular level.
Requires a minimum of a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline.