• Two PhD positions in Computational Biophysics/-chemistry

    One position is focused on multi-scale modeling of excitation energy transfer in light-harvesting complexes. The respective research will involve a combination of quantum and molecular dynamics simulations as well as electronic structure calculations (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 11, 8660 (2020), Cell 179, 1098 (2019)). This project is in close collaboration with the machine learning group of Prof. Peter Zaspel from the Computer Science Department (see https://www.peter-zaspel.de).

    The second project focuses of ion and antibiotics transport through (bacterial) nanopores (Chem. Rev. 121, 5158 (2021)). The simulation of membrane proteins and the determination of free energy surfaces will be at the center of this thesis.

    The group of Prof. Ulrich Kleinekathöfer is located at Jacobs University Bremen, a private, state-accredited, English-language research university. The research group focuses on modeling dynamical process in (bio)molecular systems using quantum and classical approaches and especially combinations thereof. Molecular simulations of light-harvesting complexes and membrane proteins are at the center of the research. For more details see http://ukleinekat.user.jacobs-university.de

    The successful candidates should hold a master degree in theoretical (bio)physics or theoretical (bio)chemistry (potentially with an experience in high-performance computer simulations of biological systems). Solid knowledge in the theory of molecular systems and statistical mechanics as well as skills in molecular dynamics simulations are highly desirable. Proficiency in programming would be beneficial. A good command of English is essential, both as the local working language and because of our international collaborations.

    The PhD positions are available immediately and applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Applicants should submit a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of two referees by e-mail to Prof. Ulrich Kleinekathöfer at u.kleinekathoefer(at)jacobs-university.de

  • Highly motivated and interested undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral candidates who feel their research interests are particularly aligned with the main research areas of the group are encouraged to contact Prof. Ulrich Kleinekathöfer.