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Research Scientist

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Research Scientist
Faculty Rank: Research Scientist
Posting Number: SR0180022
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) located at Virginia Tech seeks candidates for multiple software scientist positions in the area of biophysical science. The successful candidates will be actively involved in an interdisciplinary team who will help develop software frameworks, interact with community code developers including Software Fellows, develop and provide software development training, collaborate with partners in cyberinfrastructure, form mutually productive coalitions with industry, government labs and international efforts. Candidates should have demonstrable skills in computational methods and theories for biophysical sciences and in active community software development.

Duties and Responsibilities of the team as a whole:

Develop software infrastructure and frameworks for community use and development

Collaborate with scientists both within and without MolSSI to address the priorities of the community and MolSSI

Provide expertise in design, optimization, verification, and documentation of software

Provide forums for standards development and resource curation to the community

Serve as mentors to Software Fellows by training them in software engineering best practices, API development, unit-testing, documentation, version control, performance profiling and other issues essential to community software development.

Interact with partners in industry, NSF supercomputing centers, national laboratories, and international facilities to identify emerging hardware trends, software priorities and future career paths

Lead and participate in outreach and educational activities, as well as developing instructional materials

Author/co-author articles for publication and presentation in scientific journals

Present MolSSI activities and research at professional and project meetings

Ensure all relevant safety policies and procedures are followed and appropriate training is acquired and maintained

Personal professional development activities

Required Qualifications:

PhD in biophysics, chemistry, biology, materials science, applied mathematics or related area;


Experience in theoretical and computational methods for biophysical sciences

strong research record;
strong communication skills;
ability to work independently with good task organizational skills for timely accomplishment of activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in successful software development activities such as bioinformatics, molecular dynamics and simulation, coarse graining, statistical mechanics

Experience in modern computational software development cycle methods

Experience with high performance computers and associated centers

Ability to meet intermediate objectives towards the accomplishment of milestones for the advancement of concurrent projects

Excellent publication record

Excellent written and oral communication skills

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How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of 3 professional references to Apply to posting #SR0180022. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 07/31/2019
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Part-time
If part time, enter Percent Time: 80
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Department: Chemistry
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 02/14/2018
Review Begin Date: 03/05/2018
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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