Openings

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Biomedicine

The Kavraki group at Rice University (http://www.kavrakilab.org) is looking to hire an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to enhance their research efforts in developing computational tools for the design of new therapeutics. Currently the group is working on several projects in immunotherapy and the design of drugs for asthma. The group also has vital interest in metabolic engineering and drug metabolism in particular.

The current opening is focused on the structure-based selection of tumor antigens for T-cell based immunotherapy and the structural modeling of peptide-HLA complexes presenting a melanoma-associated antigen for cross-reactivity assessment. The projects involve collaborators from the Texas Medical Center.

The position is available immediately.

Qualifications and Application

The ideal candidate will have a strong enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work. Required skills include excellent analytical skills, ML and data science skills, software engineering skills, experience with programming in Python or C++ and some exposure to biochemistry. For some projects, a background in geometric computing and computational geometry is helpful. A Ph.D. is required for the position. In the past successful candidates have had degrees in Computer Science, Bioengineering, Biophysics, Physics, and Chemistry. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are required as the selected candidate will be expected to work closely with current lab members and with collaborators.

To indicate interest please send a resume to Lydia Kavraki (kavraki@rice.edu). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Environment

The Kavraki Group is a small but vibrant group and provides a stimulating working environment. Most of its alumni are now in academic or upper-level research positions. For more information about the group check http://www.kavrakilab.org. The Computer Science and Bioengineering Departments at Rice are part of the Gulf Coast Consortia for for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences and offer an unparalleled training environment (http://www.gulfcoastconsortia.org/home.aspx).

Rice University is a leading research university in the vibrant urban setting of Houston, TX, the fourth largest city in the U.S. Rice is a small, private university with exceptional strengths in engineering, biomedicine, and nanotechnology. The Computer Science Department is among the top 20 in United States, while the Bioengineering Department is ranked among the top 10 departments in United States by US News & World Report.