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Date: Wed Jul 14 15:27:45 2021
Subject: 21.07.14 Positions for PhD Students in Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan Technological University
Two Positions for PhD Students in Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry 
are available in the group of Dr. Christo Z. Christov in the Department 
of Chemistry at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. 

The two positions are funded by the Department of Chemistry through 
allocations from the Graduate School as Graduate Teaching Assistants 
for up to 5 years with satisfactory progress to degree. Teaching 
undergraduate students is expected. 
The applicants should have at least a BSc degree in Chemistry, 
Biochemistry or similar discipline. International applicants should 
demonstrate English proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS tests scores. 
More details about the application procedures can be found at: 
More information about Dr. Christov's research can be found at:   

The research studies will involve intensive learning and gaining 
practical skills in Computational Chemistry/Biochemistry, High Performance 
Computing, Computer-Aided Drug Design, Bioinorganic Chemistry and some 
The research topics will be focused on understanding enzyme reaction 
mechanisms, dynamics, spectroscopy and inhibition and utilizing this 
knowledge for design of enzyme inhibitors as novel more effective drug 

The studies will involve learning and applying of Multilevel Molecular 
Modelling Methods such as Combined Quantum Mechanical and Molecular 
Mechanics (QM/MM) methods, Molecular Dynamics (MD) studies and Electronic 
Structure Methods. 
The main focus of the studies will be on transition metal-containing 
enzymes involved in epigenetic regulation (histone- and DNA-demethylases). 
The individual interests and attitudes of the students will be considered 
in designing the research studies. Depending on the applicants interests 
some computational method development could be included. The ideal 
applicants should demonstrate the following qualifications, experience 
and interests:  

-	BSc in Chemistry, Biochemistry or similar discipline

-	Some background and/or strong motivation for research in 
        computational chemistry, biomolecular modelling and drug design 

-	Some experience and/or strong interest for computational work, 
        Linux, shell scripting, programming

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational 
Institution/ Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal 
opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
The start date should be January 2022. The interested applicants should 
contact Dr. Christov by e-mail on and send a current CV 
with a brief description of research interests and experience.
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