Thursday, November 6, 2008

Germany PhD position in Biophysics 2009-2010

A PhD position in Theoretical Biophysics / Computational Physics is offered by the junior research group Theoretical & Computational Membrane Biology in Saarbrücken, Germany. Work of the group for Theoretical & Computational Membrane Biology is focused on the prediction of structure, function and (nano)dynamics of membranes and proteins. Currently, the international group consists of five PhD students and several Master and Bachelor students.

The PhD project involves the study of protein-lipid interactions on the atomic scale, using the method of molecular dynamics simulations. Of specific interest are the action of drugs and peptides on membranes, pore formation in membranes by external electric fields (e.g. ‘electroporation’), membrane fusion, and phase transitions in biological membranes and their role in the function of membrane proteins.

Applicants should have su!
ccessfully completed their Masters or Diploma degree in physics or theoretical (bio)chemistry, be strongly motivated and team-oriented. Experience in ‘Molecular Modeling’ or structural biology is of advantage, however, applicants from other fields of research are welcome. The PhD fellowship is funded with a stipend (1,460 Euro/month). The position is limited to three years.

The University of Saarbrücken strives to increase the percentage of female employees in the field of science and encourages applications from female candidates. Handicapped applicants are welcome.

Interested candidates should send their application letter + CV (including the names of one or two people who would be willing to send a letter of recommendation) by E-mail (pdf) to:

Kontakt: Dr. Rainer Böckmann
Adresse: Universität des SaarlandesGeb. C7.1
PLZ: 66041
Ort: Saarbrücken