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Seeking a Postdoctoral fellow or a Research Scientist (W20252)(Theoretical Molecular Science Laboratory)
RIKEN(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
Cluster for Pioneering Research
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National research institute / Independent administrative institute
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Theoretical Molecular Science Laboratory,
RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research
(Laboratory head: Yuji Sugita, Chief Scientist)

[Research Field]
In this laboratory, we integrate theoretical and computational methods developed in theoretical chemistry and computational biophysics to understand the relationship between molecular structures and functions in various chemical and biological systems. We develop multi-scale simulation methods combining atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) with coarse-grained MD, or introducing the quantum effects using hybrid QM/MM calculations. In addition, we aim to perform data-driven simulations and use of informatics or machine learning for the prediction of molecular functions and designs.

[Job title and Job description]
Job title, available positions:
Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Scientist a few position(s)

・Postdoctoral Researcher is defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.
・Research Scientist is defined as those with a doctoral degree more than 5 years

Job description:
At least, one of the following researches. In either project, GENESIS

1.Molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecules using atomistic and/or coarse-grained models
2.QM/MM calculations of enzyme reactions
3.Large-scale modeling and simulations of biomolecules in cellular environments
4.Experimental data driven biomolecular simulations
5.Integration of informatics approach with molecular simulations

[Work location]
Branch and address:
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

[Start of Employment]
April 1st, 2021 (Negotiable)

Molecular dynamics, QM/MM, Multi-scale simulation, Proteins, Biomolecules, Machine Learning, Conformational changes,Chemical reactions

Research field
Mathematical and physical sciences
All Chemistry
Mathematical/Information science
Job type
Researcher/Postdoc level
Employment status
Work location
Kanto district - Saitama 

The candidate should possess a doctoral degree in a related field (theoretical chemistry or computational biophysics). Research experiences using molecular dynamics simulations or quantum chemistry (including QM/MM) will be advantageous, while the candidate from other related fields (physics, mathematical sciences, biology, computational sciences, or informatics) is also welcome to apply the position.


For details about "Salary and benefits", please refer to the above "Job posting URL".

Application period
2022/01/19 Deadline for receipt
Open until the position is filled
/notification of result
/contact details

[Application and required documents]
Required documents:
Please refer to the above "Job posting URL" regarding the "Required documents".

How to apply:
Send the PDF formatted application by email to sugita [at]
(Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to sugita [at]

Note: Application documents will not be returned.

Open until the position is filled

[Selection process]
Application screening and interview for selected applicants

[Contact Information / Send application to]
RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research
Theoretical Molecular Science Laboratory
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
Email: sugita [at]
For inquiries, please send an email.

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