[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral Position in Computational Bioengineering (Rice University)

Mark Moll mmoll at rice.edu
Sat Sep 14 07:04:28 PDT 2013

The Kavraki group at Rice University (http://www.kavrakilab.org) is looking
to hire an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to enhance their research
efforts in computational structural biology, drug design, and computational

The group has significant expertise in the development of methods for
motion planning for complex systems in robotics. Their Open Motion Planning
Library (OMPL, http://ompl.kavrakilab.org) is now used both in academia and
industry and is part of ROS (http://www.ros.org). 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
(kavraki at rice.edu). Applications will be accepted until the position is


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.

Mark Moll
Rice University, MS 132, PO Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251
713-348-5934 (phone), 713-348-5930 (fax)

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