Postdoctoral Opportunity Posting # 1123

Contact Information
Cole Christie

About the Position
Postdoctoral Fellow Position at RCSB PDB

San Diego Supercomputer Center

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated postdoc to join the multidisciplinary team of the RCSB Protein Data Bank at UC San Diego, San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).

Our group leads the RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB) west-coast operations. The RCSB PDB ( represents the preeminent source of experimentally determined macromolecular structure information for research and teaching in biology, biological chemistry, and medicine. With over 300,000 unique users from over 160 countries around the world, the RCSB PDB is one of the leading worldwide Biological Databases.

As an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, SDSC is a world leader in data-intensive computing and cyber infrastructure, providing resources, services, and expertise to the national research community, including industry and academia.

Possible postdoc projects are:
  • Using machine learning to build the next generation search engine for molecular biology
  • Providing a better representation for biological assemblies in the Protein Data Bank
The candidate will be expected to contribute to this project by devising new and improved algorithms in terms of performance, reliability and coverage. Areas of focus will be: machine learning, efficient search algorithms, scalability of solutions across large datasets.

Note, this position is reviewed annually on the basis of performance and can be renewed.

Ph.D. in one of the following research areas:
  • Computer Science with a focus on bioinformatics or machine learning
  • Structural Bioinformatics, or related field with a focus on software development
  • Structural Biology with a focus on software development
-Demonstrated proficiency in a high-level programming language, such as Java, Python, C++ and experience with state of the art software engineering tools. 
-Strong skills in problem solving and algorithm design are required. 
-A background in triple-store technologies, graph databases or NoSQL technologies would be beneficial. 
-Experience in the development of modern web applications, user interface design, or scientific visualization is a plus. 
-We expect candidates to have shown high productivity demonstrated by publications and contributions to open source software projects. 
-Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

Details of UC San Diego's Postdoc compensation, including salary ranges, can be found here ( ). UC San Diego is an equal opportunity employer and both foreign and domestic applicants are encouraged to apply.

Initial appointment will be for one year.

Please email your CV and cover letter (optional) with contact information to be considered.
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