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Research Scientist

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Chemistry
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

A chemist with a strong understanding of the chemistry principles behind quantum mechanics, biomolecular simulation, and computational materials science. The position duties include using chemical knowledge and skills in computer programming to create computer code to describe and predict molecular relationships. These computation chemistry tools will be used in varied chemical problems to help understand reactions and to design molecules and materials that will predictably perform in desired ways. Will develop computational chemistry software infrastructure and frameworks for scientific community use and development. Will provide expertise in design, optimization, verification and documentation of chemical scientific software. Teleworking may be available on an ad hoc basis.

Required Qualifications

Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Applied Mathematics, or a related field plus 6 months of work experience in the job offered or any related occupation.

6 months of experience in computational methods for quantum chemistry or related areas.

6 months of experience in a research capacity in a higher education setting. Experience can be part-time.


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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