Research Associate at University of Bristol

A Research Associate position is available for 15 months with Prof. Mulholland in the Centre for Computational Chemistry at the University of Bristol. This project involves development, application and demonstration of interactive virtual reality software and methods for design, molecular modelling and simulation of proteins and catalysts. It includes development of cloud-based tools for virtual collaboration in protein, catalyst and molecular design. The project involves collaboration with industrial and academic research groups on protein design and engineering of metalloproteins and other catalysts, with a focus on developing routes to exploitation and translation of the tools. The role includes analysis identification of user and application needs in molecular design and interactive virtual reality, and software development to meet these needs, leading to development of translational and potential industrial applications.

You will assess, develop, implement and apply interactive virtual reality tools for design and molecular modelling of proteins and catalysts. You will work with other researchers on the design and engineering of proteins and catalysts. You will develop software and implement local and cloud-based tools for virtual collaboration and work with other researchers to design and simulate proteins and catalysts in virtual reality. You will demonstrate the tools to new users, train users, and develop opportunities for translation and exploitation. You will compare different tools and will work with users to identify needs and applications and routes to development. You will develop software and implement features and interfaces for molecular design of proteins and catalysts. You will apply the tools you develop to proteins, catalysts and hybrid systems in collaboration with experimental partners in Bristol and elsewhere, and engage with users in industry. This will require collaboration and working closely with researchers from different backgrounds.

This position would suit a motivated researcher with a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field and expertise in computational chemistry who is interested in software development. Experience of molecular dynamics simulations, protein design, modelling catalytic mechanisms, of cloud computing, and of interactive virtual reality would be useful but is not essential.

For informal enquiries, contact: Prof. Adrian Mulholland

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