Stellenangebot vom 17. Februar 2017
The newly established Mathematical Biophysics Group in the Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen focuses on the development and application of methods of mathematical physics and the theory of stochastic processes in the study of phenomena in Biophysics. Our main research focus is currently the non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of single molecules. In particular we aim at a trajectory-based description of macromolecular conformation dynamics as well as of their spatial transport, binding, and reactions. In our work we employ a combination of analytical approaches and computer simulation methods. The group invites applications for a
(Code Number 09-17)
The postdoctoral researcher will work on an analytical description of cooperative interactions on a single-molecule level in the context of transport-coupled receptor binding and protein allostery. The work will encompass the analysis of imaginary-time path integrals, more precisely of the corresponding ’backward Fokker-Planck’ formulation of single-molecule dynamics. The results will also be applied to the analysis of atomistic Molecular Dynamics simulations as well as single-molecule FRET experiments.
Applicants should have a strong background in Physics, Applied Mathematics or Theoretical Physical Chemistry, and hold a Ph.D. degree in any of these fields. Documented experience in statistical mechanics and/or the theory of stochastic processes (in a wide sense) is required. Candidates with a working experience in path integrals, partial differential equations or complex analysis will be preferred. Basic knowledge in scientific programming is required. Given a good knowledge of English, knowledge of the German language is not required.
The position is limited to two years with a possible extension. The payment and benefits are based on the German TVÖD guidelines.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Please send your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, a list of two to four references familiar with your work, and publication record preferably as one single PDF file via e-mail to
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics
Mathematical Biophysics Group
Dr. Aljaz Godec
Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen