Postdoctoral Position in Computational Bioengineering (Rice University)

The Kavraki group at Rice University is looking to hire an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to enhance their research efforts in computational structural biology, drug design, and computational bioengineering. The group has significant expertise in the development of methods for motion planning for complex systems in robotics. Their Open Motion Planning Library (OMPL, is now used both in academia and industry and is part of ROS ( Inspired by its successes in motion planning, the group is developing modeling frameworks and algorithms for analyzing large-scale conformational changes in molecules and molecular assemblies. Applications range from drug design to the decipherment of the inner mechanisms of viruses. The postdoctoral research associate will assist in these efforts. The position becomes available in January of 2014. The duration of the position is one year and can be renewed for a second year. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Qualifications and Application

The ideal candidate will have a strong enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work. Required skills include excellent analytical skills, excellent software engineering skills, experience with programming in C++, and extensive exposure to biochemistry and biophysics. A Ph.D. in a related field is required for the position. Experience with Rosetta is highly desirable. 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 CV to Lydia Kavraki ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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 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 ( 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.

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