Postdoctoral positions at Center for Algorithmic Synthesis and Evolution, IBS, South Korea
Center for Algorithmic Synthesis and Evolution, IBS
Location: ULSAN, South Korea
Government and National Lab
Postdoctoral positions are available in Prof. Bartosz Grzybowski’s laboratory (http://grzybowski-group.net/ ) at the Institute of Basic Science (IBS), Center for Algorithmic Synthesis and Evolution (CASE), and Department of Chemistry in Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Ulsan. Prof. Grzybowski is an inventor of Chematica organic retrosynthesis software (now Synthia by Merck/Sigma-Aldrich), and author of the textbook “Chemistry in Motion: Reaction-Diffusion Systems for Micro? and Nanotechnology”, and a recipient of 2016 Feynman Prize in nanotechnology. Several former postdocs and research fellows from this laboratory have landed independent faculty positions internationally.
CASE center focus on the important scientific challenge of using computer-assisted synthesis planning and robotics to enable fundamental discovery in chemistry and biochemistry. The main keywords of our research include AI and Algorithms, Synthesis, Robotics, Molecular-level evolution. We will work on the closed-loop, AI-driven discovery of new catalysts and bioactive molecules and nanoconstructs, and we will start developing fully robotized platforms to guide such discovery. We will be interested in the theory of catalysis and transition states, and in the logic and grammar of chemical syntheses.
We are specifically looking for scientists with strong background in AI and Algorithms.
“Closed-loop optimization of general reaction conditions for heteroaryl Suzuki-Miyaura coupling”, N.H. Angello, V. Rathore, W. Beker, A. Wolos, E.R. Jira, T.C. Wu, C.M. Schroeder, A.Aspuru-Guzik, Bartosz A. Grzybowski*, M.D. Burke*, Science 378, 399-495 (2022).
“Computer-designed repurposing of chemical wastes into drugs”, Wolos, D. Koszelewski, R. Roszak, S. Szymkuc, M. Moskal, R. Ostaszewski, B.T. Herrera, J.M. Maier, G. Brezicki, J. Samuel, J.A.M. Lummiss, D.T. McQuade, L. Rogers, Bartosz A. Grzybowski*, Nature 604, 668-676 (2022).
“Computational planning of the synthesis of complex natural products”, Mikulak-Klucznik, P. Golebiowska, A.A. Bayly, O. Popik, T. Klucznik, S. Szymkuc, E.P. Gajewska, P. Dittwald, O. Staszewska-Krajewska, W. Beker, T. Badowski, K.A. Scheidt, K. Molga*, J. Mlynarski*, M. Mrksich* and Bartosz A. Grzybowski*, Nature 588, 83-88 (2020)
About Center for Algorithmic Synthesis and Evolution, IBS
IBS Research Center led by Prof. Bartosz Grzybowski, (Succeeding) Director, Center for Algorithmic Synthesis and Evolution(May 2023, Tentative) / Group Leader, Center for Soft and Living Matter; Distinguished Professor of Department of Chemistry, UNIST; Professor of Polish Academy of Sciences.
Grzybowski group has pioneered applications of artificial intelligence and network theory to synthetic chemistry - this work has given rise to the creation of the Chematica/Synthia platform for computerized retrosynthesis of complex molecules, including natural products (Nature 2020a), as well as the Allchemy software for the discovery of new synthetic methodologies and new functional molecules (Science 2020, Nature 2022). Our current interests in this arena focus on computer-driven discovery of new reactions and catalysts and also on robotized systems in which chemical AI controls and optimizes actual experiments. We are also very active in a quest to develop "smart" systems that, in one vessel, perform multiple chemical reactions and/or processes - for instance, multistep synthetic cascades (Nature 2020b) or processes (Nature 2022c). We are also working at the intersection of molecular ch...emistry with nanotechnology to develop platforms for selective catalysis (JACS 2021) as well as therapeutic warheads for selective cancer intervention (Nature Nanotech 2020). Overall, we are a diverse crowd of chemists, physicists, and biologists and we pursue research that we think is paradigm-shifting and/or addresses important societal needs. Our group is a place to consider if you are passionate about science and would like to make chemistry a truly high-tech enterprise!
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