NDSU: Informatics Postdocs

Join a dynamic team performing groundbreaking research in the area of combinatorial cheminformatics, and propose independent strategic research themes in energy-related computational chemistry.

Location: Fargo, ND
Web: www.ndsu.edu/

The Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST) at North Dakota State University (NDSU) is seeking informatics postdoctoral associates. We have multiple positions to fill. Successful candidates will work in an energizing intellectual environment and have an opportunity to
(1) be part of a dynamic team performing groundbreaking research in the area of combinatorial polymer cheminformatics (50%), and
(2) propose independent strategic research themes in the general area of energy-related computational chemistry (50%).

The successful candidate should have a PhD in a core discipline related to quantitative chemistry or informatics with clear interest, potential and enthusiasm to work on transformational research projects. The position is for one year with a possibility of being extended for up to three years. Transition to a Research Scientist position within CCAST will be considered based on performance and availability of funding. Teaching is not required but opportunities can be provided to those with interest.

CCAST is a research unit funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Its primary mission is to carry out energy-related research, to spur technology-based economic development in North Dakota using computational methods in areas of national and state priority, and to support education and outreach activities in order to drive advanced computing into the mainstream.

NDSU is the state's Morrill Act land-grant comprehensive doctoral research university ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education among the top 108 public and private universities in the United States in the elite classification category of "Research Universities/Very High Research Activity."

According to the Commission, the classifications "are intended to group institutions into meaningful, analytically manageable categories in order to allow researchers to make reasonable comparisons among similar institutions." According to the NSF, NDSU is the largest research institution in the state of North Dakota. NDSU also has the highest NSF ranking in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, and is ranked among the top 100 research universities in the United States in six categories including both federal and non-federal research expenditures.

The city of Fargo, North Dakota, was named in the top 5 best performing small cities in 2012 by the Mil-ken Institute, which considers job, wage and salary and technology growth. Fargo was named #1 city for entrepreneurial start-ups in North Dakota by Business Week magazine and #2 best small places for job growth in the U.S., according to Forbes magazine. CNN Money named Fargo #3 best place to launch a business in a small metro area, noting that "newcomers are often more surprised by the thriving arts scene, hip boutiques and nightclubs, and diverse array of restaurants." According to Liveability.com, Fargo is jam-packed with museums, galleries, and an Art Deco theater palace.

North Dakota ranks second in Forbes' 2013 report of best states for business and careers. According to Forbes, North Dakota ranked second best among all states in the category of economic climate and third in business costs. The report states, "North Dakota has boasted the country's most robust economy over the past five years. It is tops for job growth (3.7 percent annually), income growth (3.8 percent), gross state product growth (7.9 percent) and unemployment (3.6 percent average). The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's 2013 Enterprising States study ranked North Dakota No. 1 for overall economic performance among the 50 states. The report also ranked North Dakota 1st in economic performance and 13th for its talent pipeline, 1st in STEM job growth, 5th in academic R&D intensity, 2nd in college affordability, and 3rd in educational attainment among its young workforce.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD in computer science, materials science, chemistry, or in a related discipline
  • Significant practical experience in three or more of the following: cheminformatics, polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, quantum chemistry, molecular modeling, data mining, statistical modeling, artificial intelligence or bioinformatics
  • Experience developing and managing materials research and/or chemistry research databases
  • Expert knowledge of SQL and NoSQL frameworks
  • Experience conducting research using computation as your primary tool (i.e., Do you describe yourself as a "computational scientist"?)
  • Ability to translate polymer research needs into computational problems
  • Established record of research excellence including a strong publication record
  • Visible promise of rapid professional development
  • Effective oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with high-throughput robotic synthesis and characterization equipment
  • Background in computational polymer research
  • Background in organic chemistry and polymers
  • Experience in developing QSAR/QSPR descriptors for materials design
  • Experience with a wide variety of materials science software tools
  • Experience with ab-initio quantum chemistry and molecular-dynamics/Monte Carlo simulations
  • Simultaneous experience in theory/algorithm development and coding (including MPI) in HPC environments
  • Experience with markup languages relevant to chemistry/materials science (XML, CML, PML, etc.) and/or experience with constructing formal ontologies for chemistry and polymer informatics
  • Strong presentation and interpersonal skills; ability to convey information with clarity and conciseness; ability to inspire senior management and other stakeholders through a shared vision
  • Track record of securing competitive funding for research and development activities
  • Industry and national laboratory exposure/experience
  • Patent history
  • Experience supervising junior researchers and support staff

This position is exempt from North Dakota Veterans' Preference requirements. As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and at least three letters of professional reference through the NDSU jobs site (only online applications are accepted - see jobs.ndsu.edu/postings/4748 ).

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Martin M. Ossowski, Martin.Ossowski@ndsu.edu.

NDSU is an EO/AA Employer and an ADVANCE institution -- Women & traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.