Positions Available

Postdoctoral/Research Associate Position Available (Robotics and Computational Biology)

  • Call for Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate in Robotics-inspired Techniques for Protein and Peptide Modeling
    George Mason University
    Department of Computer Science
    PI: Amarda Shehu


    I am looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to lead a research project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project aims to extend the capability of robotics-inspired algorithms characterize motions and dynamics of flexible peptides and proteins. The emphasis is on novel algorithm design, but someone with prior experience in molecular geometry and protein structure modeling is ideal for the position. The position is for two years. Based on qualifications and past experience, the candidate may be offered a research associate position.

    Applications are being accepted now and will continue until the position is filled.
    The candidate should have: - Ph.D. in Computer Science
    - Prior experience and expertise designing robot motion planning algorithms
    - Excellent programming skills in C++
    - Prior experience with protein and peptide geometry and structure modeling
    - Some familiarity with physics-based molecular modeling packages, such as AMBER

    Starting date: January 2015

    For more information, please contact:
    Prof. Amarda Shehu, Computational Biology, amarda@gmu.edu

Postdoctoral Position Available (Evolutionary Computation and Computational Biology)

  • Call for Postdoctoral Fellow in Evolutionary Computation and Computational Structural Biology
    George Mason University
    Department of Computer Science
    PIs: Amarda Shehu and Kenneth A De Jong


    We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to lead a research project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project aims to extend the capability of evolutionary algorithms for structural characterization of dynamic multi-basin proteins. The emphasis is on novel algorithm design, but someone with prior experience in protein structure modeling is ideal for the position. The position is for two years.

    Applications are being accepted now and will continue until the position is filled.
    The candidate should have: - Ph.D. in Computer Science
    - Prior experience and expertise designing evolutionary algorithms
    - Excellent programming skills in C++
    - Proficiency in Java
    - Proficiency in parallel programming
    - Prior experience with protein and peptide structure modeling
    - Some familiarity with physics-based molecular modeling packages, such as AMBER

    Starting date: flexible

    How to apply:
    Visit http://jobs.gmu.edu

    For more information, please contact:
    Prof. Amarda Shehu, Computational Biology, amarda@gmu.edu
    Prof. Kenneth A De Jong, Evolutionary Computation, kdejong@gmu.edu

Ph.D. position in Robotics-inspired Techniques for Protein and Peptide Modeling

  • This position has been filled.

    A research position is available in Shehu's lab for students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation and aims to extend the capability of robotics-inspired algorithms to characterize motions and dynamics of flexible peptides and proteins. The position is for three years. Targeted starting date is January 2015.

    Desired candidates should have:
    - Experience with stochastic search and optimization techniques
    - Experience with graph-based algorithms
    - Excellent programming skills in C++
    - Some familiarity with protein and peptide structure geometry and modeling, as well as physics-based molecular modeling packages, such as AMBER, is desired but not essential
    Interested applicants are highly encouraged to contact Prof. Shehu (please attach CV) before formally applying for admission into the Ph.D. program in the department of Computer Science at George Mason University.
    Contact information:
    Prof. Amarda Shehu, Computational Biology, amarda@gmu.edu

Undergraduate Positions Available

  • Research opportunities are available for undergraduate students interested in novel computational problems in structural biology. The main requirement is good programming experience (any language, slight preference given to C/C++). Curiosity and excitement about research are also needed. Preference is given to CS students. Students majoring in life science disciplines with a strong computing background are encouraged to apply. Interested undergraduates should contact Dr. Shehu. See our "Contact Us" information. Note: OSCAR fellowships are a good way to pursue research with Dr. Shehu. Another good resource for undergraduate students interested in being involved in research activities of other faculty in the department can be found here.

Message for High-school Students

  • Research opportunities are available for high-school students interested in all aspects of bioinformatics and bioengineering. Interested students can apply for summer internships at our Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) or contact Dr. Shehu directly. The ASSIP application deadline is typically in February. Students interested in working in particular with the Computational Biology laborary headed by Dr. Shehu can specify so in their application.