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Computational Postdoc Opportunity

The University of Delaware Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials (UD CHARM) is a National Science Foundation supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). UD CHARM is harnessing the integrated power of computational design, innovative synthetic and manufacturing processes, and nanoscale characterization to create new materials with polymers and peptides.  Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) 1 of the MRSEC will utilize the programmability of peptide molecular structure and chemical sequence, enabled by non-natural amino acid incorporation and processing, to develop new bioinspired materials with targeted architectures and functional properties. In particular, the team will use the power of computational modeling, simulation, and molecule design to target synthetic peptide molecules that fold and assemble into building blocks with targeted protein-like structures, linked together with covalent and physical interactions, to produce specified nanostructures, motions, and materials properties.  The postdoctoral scholar will use theory and simulation to drive new materials design and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of theory and experimental researchers.

Candidates are expected to have experience with the following: 

      • Modeling and simulation of biomolecular systems or polymeric systems
      • Theory of biomacromolecules and/or polymers, soft matter
      • Software development 

In addition, it will be critical to work well with an interdisciplinary team for maximum success.  Leadership of research teams/collaborations is also a strength.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science and engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, physics, or a related discipline. This is a collaborative position that involves teams at the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania with opportunities to work with teams at each institution. The primary work place will be at the University of Pennsylvania. The postdoctoral scholar will report to IRG co-directors and investigators. Each applicant should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a list of at least three references. The University of Delaware is committed to diversity in hiring; women and people from diverse cultures and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin in May 2021 and continue until the position is filled. To submit applications please visit the UDJOBS website at and refer to Job no. 496459.  Please email any questions to Prof. Jeffrey Saven ( or Prof. Darrin Pochan (