Department of Physics & Astronomy

Post-doctoral fellowships in Biology of Human Diseases

The Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Biological Sciences, and Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University are seeking three exceptionally talented new investigators, who hold a PhD in relevant fields. This unique opportunity exists for PhD graduates and postdoctoral fellows with a special interest in “The biology of human diseases: mechanisms, diagnosis, and personalized medicine”, who aspire to become tenure track faculty in the near future. The fellows will be mentored by NIH funded researchers and trained in writing successful research grants, management of budgets and running a laboratory. We are especially looking for a computational biophysicist (3D structure modeling, energy calculations, MD and in silico virtual screening), an experimental biochemist (molecular cloning and protein purification, protein stability, enzyme activity, binding efficiency, enzyme kinetics, and structural determination) and an experimental biologist (cell and molecular biology/zebrafish model).  These positions are part of the “Biology of Human Diseases” initiative at Clemson University to understand the molecular basis of human diseases and will provide the opportunity to development a pipe-line for diagnostics and treatment of genetic disorders. Postdoctoral fellows will have access to excellent experimental facilities and a supercomputer cluster. These positions are intended to act as a springboard for fast-track tenure track faculty positions and accepted post-doctoral fellows are required to submit a NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). The positions are for an initial period of one year with possible appointment for an additional two years depending on satisfactory progress. The postdoctoral fellows will also help to train students in the participating departments. A competitive stipend inclusive of benefits and funding for research are offered according to field and experience.

Interested candidates should send their CV, a statement of research and career objectives, and the names of at least three references in a single PDF to the following faculty:

1)     Computational Biophysicist: Prof. Emil Alexov ( ealexov@clemson.edu)

2)     Experimental Biochemist: Prof. Weiguo Cao ( wgc@clemson.edu)

3)     Experimental Biologist: Prof. Susan Chapman ( SCHAPM2@clemson.edu)

All application material received by September 1, 2013 will receive guaranteed consideration; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the positions are filled.   

Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women. Clemson University is interested in candidates who can contribute to the cultural diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.

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