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Molecular Pharmacology

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore, MD

Position Description:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to work on scientific projects for studying the molecular mechanisms of membrane proteins using combined molecular pharmacology and modeling approaches. The position is in the Computational Chemistry and Molecular Biophysics Section, Molecular Targets and Medications Discovery Branch, within the Intramural Research Program (IRP). The NIDA IRP is an interactive collection of laboratories employing cutting edge methodologies devoted to understanding and reducing the risks of addiction. It is a highly collaborative and supportive environment for trainees.

The primary projects for this position will utilize molecular pharmacological, biochemical, and biophysical approaches to investigate the structure-function relationships of membrane proteins. Our laboratory is equipped with an infrastructure to carry out a variety of median throughput in vitro assays, and closely integrates in vitro and in silico studies.


The position is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in molecular pharmacology, biochemistry, or molecular biology. The ideal candidate should have an in-depth understanding in ligand-protein interactions and signal transductions, with demonstrated records in designing, performing, and analyzing binding and functional assays.

To Apply:

Interested candidates must submit a CV and a one-page summary of research interests, as well as the names and contact information (work/email addresses, phone) of three references to: Dr. Lei Shi, Senior Investigator, at


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