Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14, 2021

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 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 to focus on drug targets that span a range of therapeutic areas. 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

The D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) Graduate and Postdoc Women’s Fellowship is a two-day event for 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 learn more about the research projects at DESRES, discuss their work with our interdisciplinary team and each other, and make meaningful connections with peers from across the country.

Fellowship attendees will come together for two days of activities, including technical presentations, short “Flash Talks” by attendees, a career development panel hosted by DESRES scientists and engineers, an “under the hood” tour of our Anton supercomputer, and networking. Our program highlights the scientific achievements of attendees and provides a professional networking opportunity.

We offer a stipend to all Fellowship attendees. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually this year.

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 2021. We can invite only a limited number of attendees to the Fellowship, but we welcome applications from graduate students and postdocs of all experience levels.

Please email your CV to with the subject line “DESRES Women’s Fellowship” by Monday, April 12, 2021. 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 Flash Talk title and abstract. If you need additional time, the deadline to submit your Flash Talk title and abstract is Friday, April 16, 2021.