Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics & Astronomy

Job description

The University of Denver is a medium-size (12,000 students) private university located in a thriving metropolis at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The Department of Physics and Astronomy employs diverse and dynamic full-time faculty of 12, including 4 women. We provide an attentive, hands-on research and learning environment for students up to the PhD level. Our student population comprises about 50 undergraduates and 20-25 graduate students. The program is recognized by the APS among US PhD-granting departments for our high percentage (50%) of female graduates: placing second nationally at the undergraduate level and third at the graduate level (APS data for the period 2011-2013). More information about the department can be found at

Position Summary

Candidates for a postdoctoral fellow are sought to carry out research on theoretical and computational modeling of Disordered Proteins. This position is part of a project in the group of Professor Kingshuk Ghosh in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Denver. The duration of the project is approximately 2-3 years with the possibility to be extended.

Essential Functions

  • Primary research will involve building new theoretical models by extending ongoing work in the Ghosh lab, carrying out all-atom molecular simulations to study physical and biological properties of Disordered Proteins and compare results against experimental measurements carried out in the lab of the collaborators.
  • The expected division of labor is 70% conducting and disseminating research, 30% advising and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate researchers.
  • The PD is expected to be an active and supportive member of the Ghosh group and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, maintaining a high level of communication with its members, as well as publishing results in a timely manner and presenting annually at one or more professional conferences (travel funding is available).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to generate quality and reproducible data.
  • Critical eye towards consistency and reproducibility.
  • Excellent project and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Advocate for safety and ethics in the work place.
  • Excellent scientific writing and communication skills as exemplified by a strong publication record.
  • Team player with an excellent work ethic, meticulous attention to detail, and high intrinsic self-motivation to learn and work in the lab.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, biophysics, or a related field.
  • Ability to code in Python including GPU platform.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working with protein databases and prior experience with theoretical and computational modeling of disordered proteins and their biological relevance.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $50,000 - $55,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. CV or Resume (with peer reviewed Publication list)
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 493680
Posted: 5/10/2021
Application Due: 7/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable