D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) is a New York–based independent research laboratory that conducts scientific research and technological development in the field of computational biochemistry under the leadership of its chief scientist, David Shaw. Our group focuses on the design of novel algorithms and machine architectures for high-speed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of proteins and other biological macromolecules, with the ultimate aim of significantly advancing the process of drug discovery. We have designed and developed multiple generations of Anton, a massively parallel supercomputer that executes MD simulations orders of magnitude faster than was previously possible. Anton has now simulated the behavior of a number of proteins for periods as long as several milliseconds, revealing biologically relevant aspects of protein dynamics. For more information about the group, please visit www.DEShawResearch.com.
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, to discuss their work with DESRES scientists, and to explore our scientific computing and 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.
We will cover the cost of travel to and from New York City, hotel accommodations for up to two nights, and all meals.
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.
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 2017. 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.
How much does it cost to attend?
There is no cost to attend. DESRES will cover the cost of travel, hotel, and meals for all selected participants.
How many people will be selected to attend?
We anticipate having around 20 attendees.
Is this an overnight event? Our programming takes place only on the day of the Forum (Friday, June 16, 2017), but attendees traveling from out of town may wish to arrive the night before and depart the following day.
Will I have an opportunity to present my research?
Yes. We are hosting a poster session during the Forum, and select attendees will also be invited to give talks of 10 – 15 minutes. DESRES researchers will attend both the poster session and the talks.
How do I submit my poster title and abstract?
When applying for the Forum, you will have an opportunity to submit a poster abstract (maximum 250 words). We will also accept abstract submissions from Forum applicants by email to DESRESForum@DEShawResearch.com until Friday, April 28, 2017. Your abstract should summarize your purpose, methods, and conclusions in a brief paragraph.
Posters should be 24” x 36” in either landscape or portrait format. The minimum resolution of poster images should be at least 150 DPI.
Do I have to bring my poster with me?
No. All you need to do is upload a PDF or PowerPoint version of the poster by June 2, 2017 to a Dropbox account that will be provided during the application process, and we will take care of printing and set-up.
Are undergraduates or international students/postdocs eligible to attend?
This event is designed specifically for graduate students and postdocs based in the United States, but we are very glad to consider researchers at other levels of seniority and from other countries for other opportunities. If you are an undergraduate or an international student/postdoc interested in learning more about DESRES, please visit the Joining page of our website, www.DEShawResearch.com.
When will I be notified about the status of my application?
We will send out application decisions by mid-May, 2017.
My question isn’t answered here. Whom should I contact?
Please direct any further questions to DESRESForum@DEShawResearch.com.
Please email your CV to DESRESForum@DEShawResearch.com with the subject line “DESRES Forum” by Monday, April 24, 2017. 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. The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, April 28, 2017.