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Environmental Chemoinformatics positions in Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen

Following expected start of EU FP7 grant (December 2008) we will have two PhD positions in environmental chemoinformatics to develop tools and models for prediction of biological and physico-chemical properties for environmental studies (case studies on the development of in-silico QSAR/QSPR techniques for environmental hazard and risk assessment with respect to the REACH). The overall goal is to develop in silico models in order to decrease the number of animal tests for registration of new chemical compounds within the REACH.

Subgoals of the positions are (but not limited to): development of methodology to predict different end-points (biological, physicochemical), strategies for compounds selection for experimental screening, development and comparison of global (e.g., using all data) and local models (e.g., for compounds classes identified using chemical categories or with clustering), understanding of chemical reactivity of molecules, etc.

Another main goal is to develop software tools for dissemination of information on the WWW and to make the developed software & algorithms user friendly and available on the WWW.

We are looking for PhD students with solid background in chemistry (or student interested to learn it). She(he) should like programming (Java is required, knowledge of C/C++ is advantageous), be able to develop & implement new algorithms (calculation of descriptors, machine learning algorithms, etc.) and/or data visualization in chemistry (e.g., development of Java/Web interfaces, etc.) -- or to fulfill at least some of these requirements :)!

We are looking forward towards your application! Notice, that we have strong spam filtering software and if you do not receive any answer within few days, please, send your e-mail again.

Dr. Igor V. Tetko
Chemoinformatics, Group Leader
Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen
German Research Center for Environmental Health
Ingolstaedter Landstrasse 1,
D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany

Telephone: +49-89-3187-3575
Fax: +49-89-3187-3585
http://www.vcclab.org
e-mail: itetko AT vcclab.org

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