Post-doctoral Research Associate (RA) in a DST Funded Project - Department of Chemistry & Center for Informatics - School of Natural Sciences

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Applications are invited for the post of post-doctoral Research Associate (RA) in a DST funded research project entitled “Exploring the Applications of Chemical Space Networks in Molecular Library Design and Drug DesignEMR/2016/002141, under the supervision of Profs. N. Sukumar (Department of Chemistry and Center for Informatics, and Sudeepto Bhattacharya (Department of Mathematics and Center for Informatics -, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar, U.P. 201314 - India

Project Synopsis:

This project aims at the exploration of chemical space from a network-centric perspective. We propose to investigate molecular similarity networks using different families of molecular descriptors and similarity measures. The application of various network measures to the design of diversity oriented molecular libraries is a major goal of this project.


  • Comparison of molecular networks constructed from whole molecule and fragment-based, 2-D and 3-D similarity measures;
  • Exploration of protein binding site similarity networks for predicting cross reactivity of drugs;
  • Comparison of network measures for molecular interaction, transformation and similarity networks.

Nature of work: 

ab initio electronic structure computations; cheminformatics / statistical analysis; coding / scripting in Python, Java, R, C/C++ ; graphical  / network analysis. The candidates will work in an inter-disciplinary project, and will be required to interact with faculty, students and researchers across the Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and the Center for Informatics.

Essential and Desirable Qualifications:

The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics from a UGC recognized University with strong computational and programming skills and competence in Python, Java, R or C/C++ (essential), Network theory (essential) and Game theory (desirable) OR a proven record of publications in cheminformatics or bioinformatics (desirable). Candidates should be NET JRF qualified. Candidate without such qualifications may be hired at a salary based on experience.

Duration of the Project: 3 Years. The candidates will be hired for a year with further extension based on satisfactory performance.

Fellowship: As per DST norms, fellowship for RA is ₹ 36,000-40,000/- p.m. based on experience.

Eligible and interested candidates should send their application with a complete CV (having personal details, academic qualifications, research experience, publications, name, affiliation and email address of two referees). Also, send photocopies of marksheets/testimonials/certificates, a recent passport size photograph, and other relevant documents as PDF attachment via email (preferable) or hard copies by Speed Post to the below address. All documents should reach the address:

Ms. Saritha Rajan,

EA to the Director (Center for Informatics),

School of Natural Sciences,

Shiv Nadar University,

NH-91, Tehsil Dadri, District Gautam Buddha Nagar,

UP - 201314, India.


Short-listed candidates may be requested to appear for interview in person or via Skype. No TA/DA will be provided for appearing in the interview.