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Date: Mon Feb 4 16:49:39 2019
Subject: 19.02.04 PhD/MSc positions, Centre for Molecular Simulation, University of Calgary, Canada
A two graduate student positions are available IMMEDIATELY in the biomolecular 
simulation groups of Professors Sergei Noskov and Dennis R. Salahub at the 
Center of Molecular Modeling, University of Calgary. 

Both are positions are in the general area of theoretical quantum biology and 
applications to transport phenomena. More specifically trainees will join a 
collaborative project aimed at developing enhanced QM/MM free energy simulation 
techniques, approaches to reveal complex free energy surfaces from molecular or 
quantum simulations with approaches ranging from rapidly emerging 
chemoinformatics/machine learning to Markov-nets and then application to 
studies of selective ion transport across biological membranes. The project 
will involve methodology development in the areas spanning from participation 
in the multi-institutional effort on the protein/ion polarizable force-fields, 
improvements of sampling algorithms and methods to reveal both 
energetics/kinetics of enzymatic reactions to applications that stretch the 
capabilities of current methodology (ion channels, membrane transporters and 

The candidates for graduate studies should have excellent educational record in 
the areas of chemical physics, biophysics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, 
chemical physics or molecular physics to name a few areas of specialization. 
All of the admitted students will be guaranteed scholarship and can choose 
Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry or 
Structural Biology as areas of specialization via either Department of 
Biological Sciences or Chemistry. Experience with scientific programming e.g. 
coding/scripting (python, perl, c++ or fortran-90) is desired, but not required.

The University of Calgary is well-recognized national and international leader 
in computational biosciences and offers a unique access to collaborative 
environment and formidable computational resources. The Centre for Molecular 
Simulations seeks to understand fundamental biological phenomena in the broad 
areas of molecular recognition, protein-ligand interactions, target-oriented 
drug design, membrane biophysics and mechanism of cell transport. The Center 
for Molecular Simulation ( combines seveb 
groups in the departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences with affiliates 
in the Faculty of Medicine working in areas including catalysis, energy, 
materials, and biological projects. CMS a unique collaborative environment and 
formidable computational resources both dedicated locally at the University of 
Calgary and through national platforms such as Compute Canada.
To apply for PhD/M.Sc. positions please submit a CV detailing your academic 
training, achivements, etc. as well as a brief cover letter explaining interest 
in and fit for the  position, and contact information for three references to 
Professor Noskov ( or Professor Salahub 
( directly.
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