Research Scientist

The Department of Chemistry seeks a full-time (12-month) academic professional as a Research Scientist.  This position will carry out research in the Gruebele and Tajkhorshid laboratories.

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 Major Duties and Responsibilities

Carry out high-level computational simulations using molecular dynamics, free energy calculations, whole cell modeling and reaction-diffusion master equations for biological systems.

Train lab personnel in computational techniques including enhanced sampling techniques and newest software features in NAMD and VMD.

Collaborate with staff and lab mentors, including ones whose expertise is in experiments, in biological simulation projects.

Co-write grant applications for science projects, or educational outreach projects, including applications to support the position.

Supervise (includes: hire, train, assign and review work of, conduct performance evaluations for, address work issues, approve time off for, set work schedules and set goals for) graduate and undergraduate students as well as lab technicians.

Attend conferences and meetings, both internal and external, to disseminate project results.

Co-author publications on research results for scientific journals, proceedings, or books.

Participate in summer schools or similar outreach and learning activities, including necessary travel.  Tasks include designing course modules, supervising summer school Tas, organizing poster sessions, preparing technical pamphlets and handouts.



  • PhD in Chemistry or Physics.
  • Five years postdoctoral experience in biological simulation.
  • Working familiarity with biological systems ranging from whole cell simulation to RNA-protein interactions. 
  • Ability to supervise others and mentor students.


  • Strong working knowledge of NAMD and VMD software, as evidenced by training completion or publications utilizing the software.
  • Demonstrated grant (co-)writing ability. 
  • Exceptional organization, supervisory, and communications skills desired to provide daily leadership for a laboratory research team.

Salary and Appointment Information:

This is a full-time (12 month) Academic Professional position.  The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Application Procedures:  To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume by May 1, 2019. Online applications will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references.  Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date.  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-6747.  For further information on this specific position, please contact the SCS HR Office at or 217-300-1637.