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Graduate students

 

If you are interested pursuing your graduate studies in the Schnell Lab, you can join us through the Molecular & Integrative Physiology Graduate Program, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program, or the Bioinformatics Graduate Program at the University of Michigan Medical School.

 

 

Self-funded opportunities

 

Dr. Schnell is happy to receive inquiries from self-funded graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting faculty.

 

 

Open positions

 

Postbaccalaureate Research Associate Position

 

The Schnell Lab is seeking a postbaccalaureate research associate for an engineering, mathematics, chemistry or biophysics graduate who is seeking to gain significant research experience before applying to a Medical Scientist Training Program or PhD program.

 

The researcher will combine chemical kinetics, biophysical principles, biochemical measurements, and mathematical/computational modeling to build a quantitative understanding of enzyme-catalyzed and protein aggregation reactions. Although the Schnell lab’s primary research interest is in enzyme kinetics and protein aggregation, we also investigate complex biomedical systems comprising many interacting components, using modeling and theory to aid in the identification of key mechanisms underlying the behavior of the system. The successful applicant will be under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator, Prof. Santiago Schnell, and will receive excellent mentorship in his/her research, career development, and graduate school application process.

 

The position allows  the flexibility of leading individual projects as well as working as a team member with expert collaborators. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, enjoy working in a team, and have a strong work ethic. The successful applicant will interact with our experimental collaborators at the University of Michigan, and may have the opportunity to train in experimental techniques as well. Applicants should have some experience in cross-platform MATLAB, C++, or Python programming, and software development environments and tools. Applicants should also have experience in mathematical modeling and numerical solutions of differential equations. The research associate will be expected to work effectively both independently and with other colleagues as required.

 

The job is full-time. Applicants are advised that they will undergo standard pre-employment screening. For inquiries, please contact Prof. Santiago Schnell via email at schnells@umich.edu.  Applications, including a full CV, a cover letter explaining suitability for the position, and the names and addresses of two referees should be sent to Prof. Santiago Schnell. Candidates must arrange for their referees to send references directly to Prof. Schnell (email is sufficient). Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

 

Postdoctoral fellow

 

The Schnell Lab is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work in the area of mathematical chemistry and theoretical biophysics in his research group. The postdoctoral fellow will work specifically on develop standard-based approaches to measure the rates of biochemical reactions and distinguish their molecular mechanisms under physiological conditions.  The lab focuses on enzyme catalyzed reactions and protein aggregation reaction mechanisms associated with protein folding diseases.

 

The position allows both the flexibility of developing and leading individual projects as well as working as a team member with expert collaborators. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, enjoy working in a team, and have a strong work ethic. The successful applicant will interact with our experimental collaborators at the University of Michigan, and may have the opportunity to train in experimental techniques as well. Candidates should have experience in the mathematical modeling and numerical solutions of differential equations, parameter estimation, and an understanding of biochemical kinetics, biochemistry and cell biology. This position would suit individuals who have a first degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering or biomedical sciences, and a PhD in applied mathematics, biophysics, theoretical physical-chemistry, or engineering. Candidates must have experience writing publications and very good communication skills. The research fellow will interact with our experimental collaborators at the University of Michigan, and will have the opportunity to train in experimental techniques. This position is available for a period of four years. It will be renewed yearly subject to satisfactory performance. Salary level is determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the NIH NRSA scale.

 

The job is full-time. Applicants are advised that they will undergo standard pre-employment screening. For inquiries, please contact Prof. Santiago Schnell via email at schnells@umich.edu.  Applications, including a full CV, a cover letter explaining suitability for the position, and the names and addresses of two referees should be sent to Prof. Santiago Schnell. Candidates must arrange for their referees to send references directly to Prof. Schnell (email is sufficient). Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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