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Postdoc Employee - RCSB Protein Data Bank at UC San Diego, San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)

Application Window

Open date: February 5th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Mar 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join the multidisciplinary team of the RCSB Protein Data Bank at UC San Diego, San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).

The successful applicant will work on research projects that drive next generation search tools at Dealing with redundancy within the Protein Data Bank (PDB) is an important challenge in face of the ~10% year-on-year growth in structural data stored in the PDB. Tackling the redundancy problem requires understanding of similarities and differences among macromolecules at many different levels. She/he will be expected to contribute to this project by devising new and improved algorithms for protein family classification at levels such as biological assemblies. The ultimate aim of this project is to improve the findability of data in the PDB by building the next generation search engine for structural molecular biology.

Note, this position is reviewed annually on the basis of performance and can be renewed.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in one of the following research areas at the start of the appointment
● Computer Science with a focus on Bioinformatics
● Structural Bioinformatics, or related field with a focus on software development
● Structural Biology with a focus on software development

Demonstrated proficiency in a high-level programming language, such as Java, Python, C++, and experience with state of the art software engineering tools. Strong skills in problem solving and algorithm design are required. A background in NoSQL database technologies would be beneficial. Experience in development of modern web applications, user interface design, or scientific visualization would also be a plus. We expect candidates to have shown high productivity demonstrated by publications and contributions to open source software projects. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

About the RCSB
Our group supports RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB) operations at UC San Diego. The RCSB PDB represents the preeminent source of experimentally determined macromolecular structure information for research and teaching in fundamental biology, biomedicine, bioenergy, and biotechnology. With millions of unique users from over 160 countries around the world, the RCSB PDB is one of the leading worldwide Biological Databases.

As an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, SDSC is a world leader in data-intensive computing and cyber infrastructure, providing resources, services, and expertise to the national research community, including industry and academia.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

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

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Job location

La Jolla, CA