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Postdoctoral Research Associate Chemistry

Job ID 1975 Date posted 12/20/2019

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The Chemistry Division ( of Brookhaven National Laboratory ( seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of theoretical and computational chemistry for a collaborative project with the BNL Biology Department.  The successful candidate will conduct basic research toward the development of computational methods and theory for the prediction of enzyme diiron active site structures and mechanisms at the quantum chemistry level. He/she will also apply developed methodology and theory to direct biochemical and biophysical investigation of chemical bond activation, redox reactivity, and catalysis selectivity of specific enzymes.

The candidates must have a Ph. D. in theoretical or physical chemistry, or a related field. Experience in the application of theoretical and computational approaches such as molecular dynamics simulations and hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods to model structural features and mechanism of action of metalloproteins is highly desired. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative environment with a team of scientists from the Chemistry and Biology departments owing to the interdisciplinary nature of our work, and will be supervised by Mehmed Zahid Ertem ( The position is available immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past 5 years.

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