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Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate


College of Science

COS School of Physics and Astronomy

Job Responsibilities

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the field of computational biophysics, focusing on organelle assembly. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Lishibanya Mohapatra, her research group, and collaborators to develop mathematical models and simulation paradigms to quantitatively analyze mechanisms used by living cells to (1) disassemble pre-existing structures and (2) assemble co-existing organelles within them. Duties include creating hypothesis-driven mathematical models that take into account the action of important organelle-specific cellular proteins and make predictions that can be experimentally tested, analyzing experimental data and images to gather model relevant information, conducting numerical and stochastic simulations and working with students and collaborators on scientific publications, and proposals. This position will be funded by National Institute of Health.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD in computer science, physics or biological physics, or a closely related field, at the start of the appointment. The successful candidate is expected to have a background in computational physics and biophysics, with experience in conducting stochastic simulations and analyzing biological data. Because this is a collaborative project, applicants must be highly organized, strongly motivated and possess strong communication skills and be able to work within a team-based environment. Interest in student mentoring will be considered a plus.

Required Minimum Education Level


Work Location

Henrietta Campus — 100%

Employment Category


Required Application Documents

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Reference Letter, Research Statement

What do we believe at RIT?

Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

How To Apply

The appointment is for a period of two years contingent on performance and includes limited funding for travel. The anticipated start date is Spring/Summer 2023.

Applications should be submitted online at Keyword Search 7814BR. Please submit your online application; a cover letter; and curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and upload the following attachment:

  • Statement of current and future research interests.

Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to

. All applications received by April 15, 2023 will receive full consideration; however, applications will continue to be received until the position is filled.

Additional Details

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to . Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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