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The Sztain lab ( at the University of Michigan is seeking 1-2 Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on projects related to molecular design including small molecules and proteins using biophysics and machine learning. 


The selected candidates are expected to conduct high-level research, present results to the team regularly, and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Additional responsibilities may include grant writing, laboratory management, student mentorship, and community engagement. As a group member, several core values should be upheld including:

  • Inclusivity: Respect the identities and experiences of others including but not limited to racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender expression and sexuality, physical and mental ability, or socioeconomic status.
  • Open Science: Report results in an open, transparent, and accessible manner. This includes advocating for open access and data sharing whenever possible.
  • Mentorship: Share knowledge and experience eagerly and readily amongst all group members. Foster collaborations with those who have complementary expertise. 

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD degree in Medicinal Chemistry or a related field
  • Demonstrated research excellence, as shown by first-author publications, in at least one of the following areas:
    • Molecular dynamics
    • Enhanced sampling
    • Machine learning
    • Protein expression
    • Structural biology
    • Protein NMR

Desired Qualifications*

The lab involves theoretical and experimental components. Candidates interested in either directly participating in, or closely collaborating with both facets are desired. 

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.