Postdoctoral Opportunity Posting # 1173

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.

The Challenge: Develop innovative analysis, integration, query, and visualization tools for 3D biomolecular structures to help accelerate research and training in biology, medicine, and related disciplines. In these projects, we employ the latest advances in  computer science to develop highly interactive features and scalable services and workflows. 

Areas of focus include:
  • Innovative representations for 3D structural data
  • Visualizations for comparative analyses
  • Multiscale rendering for exploring large structures
  • Validation of structures determined using X-ray crystallography
One position is available, but two focuses: one focused on Visualization and the other on Computational Structural Biology. We are seeking applicants for both.

Your work will reach a wide audience when deployed as interactive features for the RCSB PDB website (

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

Qualifications: Ph.D in one or more of the following research areas:
  • Structural Bioinformatics, or related field with a focus on software development
  • Computer Science with a focus on scientific visualization
-Demonstrated programming proficiency with state of the art software development tools and language(s)
-Strong skills in problem solving and algorithm design
-High productivity as demonstrated by publications and/or contributions to open source software projects
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
-Experience in the development of modern web applications, user interface design, or scientific visualization is a plus 

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 for consideration.
About the Listing
Open until filled