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Michigan State University(MSU) Research Associate-Fixed Term in East Lansing, Michigan

Position Summary

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available to conduct computational research in the laboratory of Michael Feig in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University. The Research Associate will focus on biophysical topics related to the structure, dynamics, and interactions of biological macromolecules. The research is typically conducted in collaboration with other lab members and external collaborators.

Specific topics of current interests are:

  • Phase separation and aggregation of biomolecules
  • Crowding effects on enzyme function
  • Development of machine learning methods for generating biomolecular dynamics
  • Derivation of dynamic structural ensembles from experimental data

Description of work/duties:

The position requires the development and application of advanced computational tools such as molecular dynamics simulations and novel machine learning approaches. Research findings are expected to be reported in the form of written publications as well as oral presentations within MSU and at scientific meetings. Newly developed computational tools are expected to be publicly shared via open-source platforms. Additional opportunities for professional development include participation in grant proposal writing, networking with other scientists within and outside MSU. The Research Associate should communicate effectively with other lab members and collaborators and there is a possibility to practice mentoring skills when working with junior colleagues.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -See qualifications

Minimum Requirements
  • Ph.D. in Biophysics, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Computational Science, or related field
  • Research experience using computational techniques
  • Record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Evidence of working independently as well as in a team environment
  • Computer programming skills


Desired Qualifications
  • Expertise in molecular simulation techniques
  • Expertise in machine learning approaches
  • Expertise in structural biology
  • Experience with python programming
  • Experience with using Linux environments
  • Experience with collaborations between computational and experimental researchers
  • Experience with mentoring students


Required Application Materials

Cover letter describing interest in this position


List of publications (if not included in CV)

Names and contact information for three professional references

Special Instructions

Approximate start date is 12/1/2023.  This is, initially a one-year appointment.

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.



MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.