The Open Force Field Initiative is seeking a talented postdoctoral fellow to work on the development of next-generation molecular mechanics force fields, initially focusing on the development of open source tools for generating QM-derived torsion parameters for small organic molecules. The position is supported by the Open Force Field Consortium, which is administered by the NSF-funded Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) and funded by an alliance of pharmaceutical and biotech companies aiming to advance the state of force fields for biomolecular simulation and design through an open collaborative effort. [More…] “Postdoc position with OpenFF”
The Open Force Field Consortium (OpenFF, openforcefield.org) and XtalPi, Inc. (xtalpi.com) seeks a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow to perform cutting-edge research in a unique academic-industrial joint effort.
OpenFF is an academic collaboration (based at UC Irvine / UC Davis / UC San Diego / Univ. Colorado Boulder / Sloan Kettering Institute in New York) that seeks to develop next-generation molecular mechanics force fields and associated parameterization software and data infrastructure. [More…] “Joint Open Force Field Initiative / XtalPi Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship”
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Here, we focus on testing and improving force fields for molecular modeling, which see widespread use in diverse areas of computational chemistry and biomolecular simulation. [More…] “Open Force Field Consortium: Escaping atom types using direct chemical perception with SMIRNOFF v0.1”
One major emphasis is binding prediction
A major focus is the binding of small-molecule ligands to proteins. While current computational methods see widespread use in the pharmaceutical industry in drug discovery applications, accuracy is limited and these approaches fall far short of the goal of using computers to suggest new drug candidates. Methods we recently developed and applied have achieved far greater accuracies at computing and even predicting binding affinities than previous methods, so we are working to begin applying these in more complicated and pharmaceutically relevant binding sites. [More…] “Research”