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About the MESOSCIENCE LAB

Want to work on big questions and hard problems? Interested in mesoscale quantum dynamics? Or the biophysics of photosynthesis? The intersection? Are you excited about quantum mechanics? Or are you curious about how biological regulation emerges from  complex chemical mixtures? If you want to join a young team working hard to build something new - get in touch!

Our values

The words we want to define us...

  • Unbounded: We leave behind limiting silos to freely explore new science. 

  • Ambitious: We aspire to meaningfully advance important and challenging problems.

  • Inclusive: The strength of our group arises from the diverse perspectives and experiences of our members.

  • Collaborative: Open discussion and joint problem solving accelerate our science and guide our group decisions.

  • Inspirational: The group motivates us to strive towards our goals despite the inevitable setbacks.

  • Camaraderie: Science is hard and time-consuming, but much more fun as part of a positive and light-hearted team. 

Positions available

The MesoScience Lab is always looking for undergraduate students, graduate students to join the team - send Doran an e-mail to apply! 

In addition, we are looking for 2 post-doctoral fellows to join the team! Positions available immediately with start dates in 2022 preferred. We have established funding for up to three years for both positions.

Post-doc Positions: Photosynthesis

The successful candidate(s) will work with the team to extend our python library for simulating membrane scale excitation energy transfer and spectroscopy, or develop a new code library to simulate the electron transport chain in the crowded thylakoid environment. Our group collaborates with leading structural biology, biochemistry, and spectroscopy labs to model cutting-edge measurements in plants and green algae. We support open science standards: all scientific code and data will be released open source with associated publications. 

 

The ideal candidate has previous experience with either scientific coding, photosynthesis, or biophysics and is excited to work at the interface. Potential team mates who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. For priority consideration, apply before Feb. 21, 2022.

Please send your application to Doran, including:

  • your CV,

  • a brief letter explaining your interest in a position,

  • a list of recommenders (with contact information), and

if possible, sending a GitHub link or code sample will be advantageous.

 

The Basics: What we provide our team members

Salary and Benefits: We strive to ensure we are sufficiently funded that we can offer our group members fair remuneration for their hard work. 

  • Graduate Students: $25,000/year with health benefits provided

  • Post-doctoral scholars: $50,000/year with access to subsidized health benefits through SMU

What you need to excel: We believe our group members are capable of being exceptional scientists and we provide support to help ensure that happens. 
 

  • Computer: Every member of the group is provided with a Macbook-pro laptop or iMac desktop. These are the tools you use every day, so let's make them good. 
     

  • Research/Travel Stipend: The group provides each member with an annual research/travel stipend. These funds are yours to further your development as a scientist - buy the license to an interesting software package, travel to an intriguing conference, go immerse yourself in the lab of a collaborator. We empower you to develop the foundations for your own career. 
     

  • Team Environment: We work hard to ensure that the team has a cohesive social atmosphere that is welcoming for everyone and acknowledges the strength required to get up and try again after a stumble. The best science happens when everyone knows that they belong and understands that it is safe to fail, because failure is an integral part of doing new science.