Aljaz Godec
Emmy Noether Research Group Leader
Phone:+49 551 201-2304

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Ph.D. Student Position
(Code Number 07-17)

Job offer from February 17, 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

Ph.D. Student Position
(Code Number 07-17)

The Ph.D. student will analyze conformational dynamics in peptides and proteins using atomistic Molecular Dynamics simulations from a trajectory-perspective with a view to quantify the trajectory-to-trajectory fluctuations observed in single-molecule FRET (smFRET) experiments, and to provide a mechanistic understanding of structure-specific effects as well as of the reduction of dimensionality intrinsic to smFRET. The work will be complemented by single-molecule FRET experiments performed by external collaborators.

Applicants should have a strong background in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Physical/Computational Chemistry or Computer Science, hold a Master’s degree in any of these fields, and should be highly interactive and willing to collaborate efficiently with experts from all natural sciences. In addition, candidates should be able to translate physical concepts into program code and be familiar with a scripting and a programming language. Given a good knowledge of English, knowledge of the German language is not required.

The successful candidate will have the chance to participate in one of several available Ph.D. programs, with three years funding and a possibility of extension, in collaboration with the University of Goettingen.
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, and publication record (if applicable) 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


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