A postdoctoral position for 3 years is available through UKRI funding underwriting a European Horizon-EIC Pathfinder Open grant entitled QUANTUM-TOX. This postdoc is part of a European collaborative consortium, with a total funding of 3 million euros, aiming to make a step change in computational toxicology. The post is tenable from 1st March 2024.
The need for fast, cheap and accurate technologies to assess toxic effects is pressing. Computational toxicology provides an array of methods for toxicity prediction only using computer approaches. However, contemporary computational toxicology has severe limitations. Predictions typically use Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) models that rely on large sets of molecular descriptors. This causes severe problems since the methodologies cannot assess chemicals different than the ones used to develop the QSAR models, This project will develop a new type of descriptor, totally based on quantum mechanics, which can cover the whole chemical space and relies on a small number of parameters that are easily interpretable.
The position is open to an outstanding and ambitious computational chemist. Based within the Department of Chemistry, you will work with Prof Popelier and his vibrant research group. The Department is ranked 3rd in Great Britain and 5th in Europe by the 2021 Nature Index.
You should have a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry with experience in quantum chemistry, or pharmaceutical or biological chemistry. You should be capable of working by your own initiative while interacting effectively in a research team. Therefore, excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.
What you will get in return:
- Fantastic market leading Pension scheme
- Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme
- Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays
- Additional paid closure over the Christmas period
- Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers
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