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  • PhD
17 May 2021

3 PhD Positions, Montpellier, France

A 3-year PhD position starting October 1st 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                         


is available                                                                                                   

in our team at the CBS Montpellier (http://www.cbs.cnrs.fr/index.php/en/home-equipea6) within the Labmuse Epigenmed PhD training network on “Regulated protein-nucleic acid compartment formation in the signaling of fundamental biological processes” (see attached flyer).

The PhD student will focus on multi-scale molecular modelling to investigate nuclear and cytosolic protein/DNA condensates in close collaboration with Dejardin and Laguette labs (IGH, Montpellier) with the final goal of translating the experimental results obtained by our partners into a comprehensive, physics-based picture and to explore the general thermodynamic principles of cellular condensates.

We are looking for students with a solid background in the physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, and engineering) who have a keen interest in studying biological systems.

Candidates will have to apply to the competitive Labmuse Epigenmed call (Deadline: May 26th, 2021)
More information on the PhD training network and the application process are available at:

Interested candidates are also invited to contact Alessandro Barducci (alessandro.barducci@cbs.cnrs.fr) for informal inquiries.

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    17 May 2021

    Postdoctoral Position in Leeds, UK

    using molecular dynamics simulation tools                                                                                                                                                                                         


    A postdoctoral position is available in my group at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
    The postdoctoral researcher will use molecular dynamics simulation tools to study the activation of the Piezo1 mechanosensitive channel. This project is in close collaboration with experimental groups who will evaluate the models derived from the computational work.
    The position is for 2 years and the deadline for application is on the 3rd of June 2021
    For more information about this position please see the link below:

    Dr Antreas Kalli
    University Academic Fellow
    Discovery and Translational Science Department Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
    University of Leeds

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      17 May 2021

      PhD Studentship,School of Chemistry, Southampton, UK

      combination of SAXS + atmomistic molecular simulation                                                                                                                                                                

      PhD studentship: Getting more from low-resolution methods: the combination of SAXS and atomistic molecular simulation, School of Chemistry, University Of Southampton
      Diamond Light Source

      Structural knowledge at the atomic level is essential for a complete understanding of biological function. Current approaches to determine molecular structure typically involve high-resolution methods, including X-ray crystallography and cryoEM. However, these methods have their limitations (solid state, low temperature etc). Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), on the other hand, provides structural information in the solution phase at room temperature, but is limited in terms of resolution. In this multidisciplinary project, you will work in close collaboration with scientists at the Diamond Light Source (DLS) to develop theoretical methods and software to combine atomistic molecular simulations with SAXS data, to extend the structural information from SAXS experiments to higher resolutions. The potential implications to understanding biological function through the combination of these approaches are huge.

      You will spend approximately half of this 4 year studentship working at the DLS, where you will benefit from the world-class facilities and learn the SAXS technique. At the University of Southampton you will be supervised by Prof Jonathan Essex, an expert in the development and application of computer simulation methodology to biological systems. At the DLS you will be supervised by Dr Rob Rambo and Nikul Khunti, both of whom are leading in the application of SAXS to biological systems.

      The project will involve the development and implementation of advanced molecular simulation methods and SAXS analysis in a suite of software suitable for use on the SAXS beamline at Diamond. You will become a multidisciplinary expert in molecular simulation methodology, software design and development, and SAXS data generation and analysis.

      You will have a first or upper second class degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Engineering or Computer Science. You will have a keen interest in working outside a single discipline, possess good communication and organisational skills, and be highly self-motivated and proactive

      If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof Jonathan Essex (http://www.essexgroup.soton.ac.uk/) , Computational Systems Chemistry Research Group, Email: jwe1@soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 592794.

      Entry Requirements

      A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

      Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2021 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

      Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £17,488 tax-free per annum for up to 4 years.

      How To Apply

      Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2021/22, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Chemistry (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Jonathan Essex

      Applications should include:

      Curriculum Vitae

      Two reference letters

      Degree Transcripts to date

      Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

      For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk









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      • PhD
      20 April 2021

      Scientific Project Manager & Science Writer, Graz

      The Biophysics group of Professor Sandro Keller at the Institute of Molecular Biosciences (IMB) of the University Graz, Austria is looking for a
      Scientific Project Manager & Science Writer

      (preferably full-time employment according to FWF standard salary for postdocs; initially fixed term for two years with possible extension; position to be filled as soon as possible)

      We are looking for a new team member with a keen interest and a strong track record in communicating research results. In your role as Scientific Project Manager & Science Writer, you will be responsible for coordinating research projects, visualising results, and writing manuscripts in close cooperation with laboratory researchers at all career stages. You will work in a dynamic, inspiring, and interdisciplinary environment amongst enthusiastic scientists dedicated to elucidating the molecular details of how membrane proteins function in the complex milieu of a lipid membrane. You will support our research projects by providing strategic input and feedback and by assisting with the presentation and communication of our latest scientific findings.

      Your responsibilities

      ·     Science writing for progress reports, grant applications, and peer-reviewed publications

      ·     Visualising research results and models for written publications and oral presentations

      ·     Setting up and maintaining a website and contributing to science communication

      ·     Coordinating and managing research projects (mostly funded by third parties)

      ·     Identifying grant opportunities and possibilities for collaboration

      ·     Attending and contributing to group and collaboration meetings

      ·     Participating in third-mission tasks and public relations

      Your profile

      ·     Doctoral degree or equivalent in the life sciences or a related scientific field

      ·     Excellent writing skills as required for scientific publications and grant applications

      ·     Very good written and spoken English language skills, at least good command of German

      ·     Facility with computer programs for visualising and presenting research results and models

      ·     Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, collaborators, and other scientists

      ·     Experience in science management and communication (e.g., public relations, social media)

      ·     Self-driven, independent, and responsible way of working

      Our offer

      The minimum salary corresponds to the FWF standard salary for postdocs; the actual salary may be higher if there are previous employment periods eligible for inclusion. In case of success, the initial two-year contract will be extended. We offer an exciting job with a lot of responsibility and variety. You can expect an enjoyable work atmosphere, flexible work hours, and numerous possibilities for further education and personal development. We welcome applications from persons with disabilities who meet the requirements of the advertised position.

      Your application

      Your application should consist of a single PDF file containing (1) a motivation letter of no more than two pages, (2) a CV including a list of publications, and (3) the names and contact details of at least two individuals who can provide reference attesting to your professional abilities and qualifications. Please e-mail your application before 15th May 2021 to sandro.keller@uni-graz.at.


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      • PhD
      11 April 2021

      PhD Students for Project Med-Uni Graz


      The doc.funds "Biomolecular Structures and Interactions" (BioMolStruct) offers an excellence PhD program that provides an in-depth, multidisciplinary training in biomedical research in a stimulating international environment.

      The thesis projects center around biomolecules and biomolecular complexes playing essential roles in cellular signaling and metabolism, with a focus on proteins, protein complexes, and lipid/protein interactions that are linked to ageing, cancer, neurodegenerative, metabolic, and cardiovascular diseases as well as genetic disorders. Your research will aim to understand structure, conformational dynamics, and detailed function of these systems and their modulation by drug-like compounds.

      Depending on the affiliation of the respective research group, BioMolStruct students are employed at the Medical University of Graz (MU), Graz University of Technology (TUG), or the University of Graz (UG).

      PROJECTS STARTING: October 1, 2021

      APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 12, 2021


      Selected PhD students get employed for up to 3 years (initial contract for one year with the option of prolongation upon successful performance) with a contract that includes social benefits. Students will be encouraged to spend up to one year abroad joining other collaborating laboratories with the possibility of a 4th year extension of their contract.


      Applicants must hold (or be close to obtaining) an undergraduate degree equivalent to a Master in any discipline of natural or life sciences or medicine.

      The selection procedure, all training activities and communications will be in English. Thus, excellent written and spoken English skills are required.


      Only complete applications on the official form sheet are accepted.

      Please refrain from contacting the supervisors and do not send any documents which are not explicitly asked for.

      There is no application fee.

      For further information about the program, open projects and the application procedure, please see:


      Contact: biomolstruct@medunigraz.at

      Please feel free to spread the information to interested friends and colleagues and within your institution.

      Doc.funds „Biomolecular Structures and Interactions”

      Doktoratskolleg "Metabolic & Cardiovascular Disease"

      D&F Institut für Pathologie
      Medizinische Universität Graz
      Neue Stiftingtalstrasse 6/5
      8010 Graz, Österreich

      tel.: +43 (0)316 385 71725
      fax: +43 (0)316 385 79001
      e-mail: dk-mcd@medunigraz.at

      web: www.medunigraz.at/DK_MCD

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        29 September 2020

        PhD Student or Postdoc (f/m/d)

        The Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

        is one of the largest institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and conducts basic research to advance knowledge and benefit society. Innovative projects and interdisciplinary cooperation characterize research within the Max Planck Society. The Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics (Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller) invites applications for a position as

        PhD Student or Postdoc (f/m/d) (Code number 19-20) for the projects – Ribosomal Translation: Molecular Mechanisms and Antibiotics – – Statistical Mechanics and Function of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins – – Optimal Free Energy and Entropy Calculations – – Markovian Free Energy Models of F-ATP Synthase Function – – Fast Multipole Based Constant pH Methods –

        The successful candidate for either position has a keen interest and strong skills in computational biomolecular physics, skills in structural biology, statistical mechanics, and scientific computing, and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with experimental groups. PhD candidates hold (or expect to complete soon) a Masters or equivalent degree; Postdocs hold a PhD or equivalent degree in any of these or a related field. PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in one of several available PhD programs, with four years funding, in collaboration with the University of Göttingen. Masters students aiming at a fast track PhD are also welcome. The Postdoc position is limited to two years with a possibility of extension. Payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines. The starting date is flexible. The group language is English, so no German language skills are required – but it’s a great opportunity for you to learn German!

        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.

        Interested? Submit your application including cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, transcripts, and publication record preferably via e-mail as one single PDF file to

        Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
        Department „Theoretical and Computational Biophysics“
        Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller
        Am Fassberg 11
        37077 Göttingen Germany
        Web: https://www.mpibpc.mpg.de/grubmueller


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