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Post-doctoral position in Computational Physics
Italian Institute of Technology

Date Posted Feb. 21, 2019
Title Post-doctoral position in Computational Physics
University Italian Institute of Technology
Genova, Liguria, Italy
Department CONCEPT Lab
Application Deadline Mar. 31, 2019
Position Start Date May 1, 2019
  • Post-Doc
  • Physics - Condensed Matter/Low Temperature
    Physics - Atomic/Molecular/Optical/Plasma
    Physics - General
    Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
    Computer/Information Sciences
    Chemistry - Physical
    Biology - Computational
    Sciences - General

A post-doctoral position in Computational Physics is currently available within the Computational mOdelling of NanosCalE and bioPhysical sysTems (CONCEPT) Research Line ( of the IIT in Genoa, working on method development and application in the field of molecular modeling and simulation of systems at the nanoscale. The mission of the CONCEPT Lab is to cover the path from ideas to implementation, needed to face the most relevant computational and simulative challenges, with applications especially devoted, but not limited to, the field of Life Sciences.

The successful candidate will play a significant role in developing computational approaches aimed at facing the challenges of modern computational biology, chemistry and physics. Eligible candidates should have a Ph.D. degree and experience in computational physics, engineering, chemistry, or related fields.

The candidate’s research will focus on developing computational techniques for the description and characterization of large systems at the molecular or supramolecular level. This may involve the development of highly parallel solvers for Partial Differential Equations, such as Poisson-Boltzmann, or the development of advanced techniques to analyze large structures provided, for instance, by Cryo-EM or FEL experimental techniques. Modeling of large structures may also require the development of dedicated force fields, and experience in this activity is welcome.

Proven ability in programming in both scripting and compiled languages like C, C++ and/or Fortran, skills in algorithmic and implementation aspects, numerical analysis, code parallelization (e.g. MPI etc..) and code profiling are considered a must for this application.

Complex data analysis via machine learning techniques is considered as a valuable plus.

Experience in the application of classical molecular dynamics with explicit and implicit solvent and related force fields to the study of complex biomolecular systems, as well as a good knowledge of statistical mechanics are also welcome for this position.

Adequate communication skills in English, as well as marked enthusiasm for research and creativity are mandatory.

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive package commensurate to qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter including research accomplishments and interests, CV, and names and contact information (e-mail, and phone number) of at least two professional references to

Deadline: March 31, 2019

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. IIT promotes excellence in basic and applied research through a multidisciplinary scientific program that includes humanoid technologies and robotics, neuroscience and cognition, drug discovery, nanotechnology and materials. IIT has a staff of more than 1200 people and 10 subsidiary research centers throughout Italy.

  • Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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Contact Information

  • Walter Rocchia
    Italian Institute of Technology
    Via E. Melen 83
    Genova, Liguria 16152
  • +3901071781552


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