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Texas A&M University Assistant Research Scientist in College Station, Texas

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Assistant Research Scientist


Texas A&M University


Vice Pres For Research

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College Station, Texas

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The Division of Research supports one of the largest research universities in the United States and one of only seventeen universities to hold the triple designation as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university. We are committed to a truly comprehensive university where students, researchers, and inventors bring scholarship and innovation to bear for the benefit of the community, the state, and the nation. To learn more, visit

What We Want:

The High Performance Research Computing group is seeking an Assistant Research Scientist who will serve as the manager of the Laboratory for Molecular Simulation (LMS) and oversee the daily operations of the LMS, providing training and assisting researchers in the use of computational software, and collaborating on research projects. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Chemistry or related physical science or engineering field and will have three years of experience in computational chemistry and experience developing partnerships and collaborations. We seek to hire a team player who will promote collaboration and cooperation while working within a team. We need an individual who subscribes to and supports our commitment as stated above. If this is you, we invite you to apply to become a member of our team.

What You Need to Know

Please note: This job has a potential for occasionally working outside of normal working hours and weekends, and may require some domestic travel.

Cover Letter/Resume’/References: A cover letter, resume’, and contact information for three professional references (to include at least one previous supervisor) are strongly recommended. You may upload all three on the application under CV/Resume or upon answering the questionnaire you may attach the documents.

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Required Education and Experience:

  • Appropriate PhD

  • Relevant professional experience in computational chemistry, quantum chemistry, molecular mechanics and visualization

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills

  • Expertise in the use of the quantum chemistry software: Gaussian, ORCA, NWChem, QUANTUM ESPRESSO, etc

  • Expertise in the use of molecular mechanics software: NAMD, Gromacs, CHARMM, LAMMPS, etc

  • Proficient in LINUX/UNIX operating systems and HPC architectures

  • Linux System Administration Skills

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others

Other Requirements or Other Factors:

  • Occasionally may be required to work outside of normal working hours and weekends, may require some domestic travel

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • PhD in chemistry, or related physical science or engineering field

  • 3 years of experience in computational chemistry

  • Experience in developing partnerships and collaborations

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with scientific applications common to research computing environments

  • Familiarity with popular analysis toolkits such as R, Python frameworks, and Matlab

  • Familiarity with software management suites such as Anaconda

  • Familiarity with AI/ML frameworks such as Tensorflow, Pytorch, Kerras, and methods

  • Familiarity with organizing information and data management services

  • Familiarity with containers, cloud platforms, kubernetes, and other forward facing HPC technologies

  • Proficiency with common HPC programming languages, tools, and techniques such as Fortran, C, C++, MPI, OpenMP, and scientific GPU programming

  • Demonstrated project management and coordination capabilities

  • Demonstrated ability to write scientific, general purpose, and technical documents


  • LMS Operations - Maintains current versions, access and licenses for LMS software. Maintains documentation for the use of LMS software. Develops standards and oversees the implementation of procedures for efficient software usage and maintenance. Provides support to students, postdocs, and faculty with questions about using LMS software. Provides complex high-performance computing hardware operation and maintenance and operating system maintenance. Assists in the installation/maintenance of LMS software on various operating systems. Aids in the development of ad-hoc programs for customers of LMS high-performance computing resources. Expands the capabilities of the LMS by testing and locating new software and hardware.

  • Collaboration & Research - Collaborates with faculty, postdocs, and students on individual projects. Initiates collaborative projects with faculty that are not yet using atomistic software. Participates in scientific research proposals for external funding. Supports funded efforts at LMS and HPRC. Presents findings at conferences and through publications in proceedings and professional journals. Pursues external funding opportunities.

  • Outreach & Training - Participates in mentoring, training, and development of LMS and HPRC users. Develops training and course material. Participates in LMS and HPRC’s community outreach efforts. Performs other duties as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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Howdy and thank you for your interest in a career with Texas A&M University. As the flagship campus of The Texas A&M University System, we are located in College Station, Texas with a student population of more than 64,000 and nearly 9,000 faculty and staff.The Spirit of Aggieland is unmistakable. We are a unique American institution, fostering a culture of friendliness, diversity, compassion and respect for one another. Our unique history and rich traditions make Texas A&M special.From our benefits package and professional development opportunities to our retirement programs, Texas A&M is a great place to work. Your path to a great career starts here!Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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