Friday, May 10, 2019

D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) is a New York–based independent research laboratory that conducts scientific research in the field of computational biochemistry. Our group is currently focusing primarily on long molecular dynamics (MD) simulations involving proteins and other biological macromolecules of potential interest from both a scientific and a pharmaceutical perspective. An integral part of our effort consists of designing and developing custom hardware and software to carry out this research. We are also pursuing drug discovery programs, leveraging the insights enabled by our novel technologies, with an initial focus on drug targets that have proved resistant to traditional drug discovery methods. Our team includes computational chemists and biologists, computer scientists and applied mathematicians, and computer architects and engineers, all working collaboratively within a tightly coupled interdisciplinary research environment under the leadership of our chief scientist David Shaw. For more information about the group, please visit

DESRES’s Graduate and Postdoc Women’s Forum is a small gathering of select graduate students and postdocs pursuing computational or theoretical research in chemistry, biophysics, or related fields. This is an opportunity for women working in these fields to make meaningful connections with other researchers from across the country, discuss their work with DESRES scientists, and explore our research projects in detail. Forum attendees will come together at our offices in New York City for a day of activities, including technical presentations, a poster session, career development discussions, and networking.

The heart of our program is the technical content, which includes poster presentations and short talks by selected attendees, an “under the hood” tour of our Anton supercomputer, and overviews of our technical and scientific projects presented by DESRES scientists and engineers. Our program highlights the scientific achievements of attendees and provides a professional networking opportunity. The day will conclude with a group dinner out in New York City.

We will cover the cost of travel to and from New York City, hotel accommodations for up to two nights, and all meals.

Women who are enrolled in a graduate or postdoctoral program, and who use computation, or develop computational or theoretical approaches, to address important scientific problems in chemistry or biophysics are encouraged to apply. Relevant fields of study include molecular biophysics, physical chemistry, chemical physics, structural biology, drug discovery, quantum chemistry, applied mathematics, and related disciplines. To be eligible to attend, you must be enrolled at or employed by a university (or employed by a company in a comparable capacity) within the U.S. during the term before or after the summer of 2019. We can invite only a limited number of attendees to the Forum, but we welcome applications from graduate students and postdocs of all experience levels.

Please email your CV to with the subject line “DESRES Forum” by Monday, April 1, 2019. You will receive an email with a link to an online questionnaire that will help us learn a bit more about you and give you the option of submitting a poster title and abstract. If you need additional time, the deadline to submit your poster title and abstract is Friday, April 5, 2019.