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Do you want to take part in shaping the future?PhD Research Fellow in de novo drug design
About There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in computational de novo drug design at the Department of chemistry. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway via the Large-Scale Interdisciplinary project “Escaping the Combinatorial Explosion: Expert-Enhanced Heuristic Navigation of Chemical Space (eHACS)”.About the project/work tasks:
Development of new pharmaceuticals requires efficient navigation of the vast chemical space. This may be achieved via heuristic computational methods, also termed “de novo” design methods, which may optimize toward desirable drug candidates without having to explore the complete chemical space. Via an interdisciplinary approach that includes informatics, computational chemistry, synthesis, computational biology, and biomedicine, the project team will develop radically new de novo molecular design methods. Specifically, the team will develop methods that integrate expert knowledge early on, via machine- learning models and on-the-fly human intervention in the otherwise automated process. The new methods will be applied to design inhibitors of targets for cancer and antibiotics, the most promising of which will be synthesized and tested. The PhD student will be responsible for the de novo inhibitor design. This responsibility includes the computationally derived fitness, or scoring, function, for which the PhD project may also involve development of machine- learning models to speed up the design process. The PhD research fellow will work at the interface between informatics, chemistry, and biology, and be key to achieve interdisciplinary communication and research.Qualifications and personal qualities:
Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.About the PhD position
About the PhD Research Fellow
The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment.
The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).
About the research training
As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.We can offer:
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.General information:
For further details about the position, please contact Prof. Vidar R. Jensen, Department of Chemistry, phone +47-55583489 / e-mail: Vidar.Jensen@uib.no.
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.
The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.
For further information about the recruitment process, click here.Life as a PhD candidate at UiB
Marion Claireaux tells about life and work as a PhD candidate at UiB.About UiB
The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.
There are seven departments and several centres at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments.Deadline
9th January 2023Employer
University of BergenMunicipality
Fulltime (1 positions) Fulltime (%)Duration
Fixed TermPlace of service
Department of Chemistry, UiB