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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



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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    30 March 2021

    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position in London


    We  have an open position within the Randall Centre  in Computational Biophysics,


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      30 March 2021

      Innova XN PhD position in Grenoble,


      Project Tile: Nanostructural characterisation of protein interactions with lipid bilayer membranes : basis for biosensor development

      This PhD project is in the field of biosensors based on nanostructured biomimetic tethered lipid bilayers (tBLM) to detect plasma proteins. These proteins are used as biomarkers of severe pathologies including cancer, but their detection is difficult due to their relatively low abundance. Often present in glycosylated form they form complexes with lipids in order to be transported in the blood. A lipidic environment is thus an appropriate environment for a biosensor, also including the capturing antibody, to detect all biomarkers bound to protein/lipid complexes in blood samples. A proof-of-concept biosensor utilising tBLM connected to an Impedance Spectroscopy was developed recently for the detection of a glycosylate protein cancer biomarker soluble VE-cadherin by utilizing a tBLM produced by SDx Tethered Membranes Pty Ltd. The PhD student will perform a nanostructural characterisation of the interaction between peptide and protein biomarkers and tBLM, and will identify the role of the lipid part to modulate the interaction between tBLM and specific peptides and proteins. These fundamental results will provide the basis for biosensors and analytical procedures that can detect scarce biomarker proteins from other high-abundance proteins and from lipidic moieties in blood samples. The biosensors envisaged are based on nanostructured tBLM in which we have optimised the lipid composition for specific proteins interactions.

      Further information may be obtained from Giovanna Fragneto (email:fragneto@ill.fr) and from Marco Maccarini  (email: marco.maccarini@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr), Donald Martin (email: donald.martin@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr)   

          Degree allowing enrolment for a PhD (such as MSc, Master 2 de Recherche, Laurea or equivalent) in physics, materials science, chemistry or closely related science
          A background in large scale facilities experiments (neutron and x-ray scattering), and knowledge computer programming (C++, Python) would be an advantage
          Ability in handling of biological materials would be an advantage
          Proficiency in English (A proof of upper-intermediate level would be advantageous and can be provided in the application. Applicants originating from native-English-speaking countries can apply without the need for proof of level. An official degree conducted in English will be also accepted as a proof; Students without proof upper-intermediate level may still apply and their level of English will be checked during the interview).
          Compliance with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie mobility rule: candidates may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than twelve months in the three years immediately before the date of recruitment.
          At the date of recruitment, early-stage researchers must be in the first four years of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.
          Candidates must satisfy eligibility criteria according to the partner university requirements for PhD enrolment.

      More details about the application procedure on www.innovaxn.eu/for-students/documents/


      The successful candidate will be enrolled in the doctoral school of Université Grenoble Alpes and based full-time at the ILL (Grenoble, France), other than a 3-month secondment at SDX-membranes (Roseville, Australia). Additional visits totaling no more than 3 months may be made to the University Grenoble Alpes when needed. Furthermore, a varied pedagogical training programme will be offered to the successful candidate throughout the 3-year PhD project.

      Interested candidates can  send an on-line application at the link below:

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        30 March 2021

        PhD studentship in Computational Life Sciences

        Please find attached details of a PDRA opportunity at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

        Group for Computational Life Sciences, Division of Physical Chemistry
        at Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb (Croatia) offers a PhD
        studentship. Candidates will be accepted who have completed a study in
        physics or chemistry, mathematics or electronics and computational

        The doctoral thesis work will be done mostly at the Ruđer Bošković
        Institute in Zagreb under the mentorship of prof.dr. Ana-Sunčana
        Smith, while the student will be enrolled in the doctoral school at
        FAU Erlangen Nürnberg (Germany) and receive a german doctorate (PhD)
        from FAU.

        The research area is open, and includes topics from theoretical
        statistical physics with emphasis on non equilibrium stochastic
        processes, cell and tissue biophysics, applied mathematics and
        computing, and also, modeling of physical and chemical processes of
        active material surfaces.

        The duration of the contract is 4 years. Annual salary is approx.
        17000 EUR (gross) and comprises health insurance, and social/pension
        contributions and also local travel costs to and from work, as per
        Croatian regulations and statutes for employees in science and higher

        The person will work in an interesting and dynamic international
        environment and work closely with prof. Smith group in Germany.
        Student should expect occasional travel and study stays in Germany and
        continuous training and learning opportunities will be provided.

        Applicants should meet the requirements listed here:

        - university graduate diploma or integrated study diploma in physics,
        chemistry, mathematics or electrical engineering and computer science
        with excellent overall average of grades at previous levels of study
        (undergraduate, graduate or integrated studies) that ensures admission
        to doctoral studies
        - motivation letter in English proving interest in the thesis subject
        of modeling in the field of advanced materials and biophysics

        Additional criteria:
        Rector's award, success in scientific competitions, participation in
        scientific conferences, published scientific papers.

        It is desirable that applicants enclose letters of recommendation.
        More about group activities:

        contact: smith@physik.fau.de

        Deadline for applications is 9.4.2021., 23:00 Brussels time.


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          30 March 2021

          Postdoc Position in Bochum / BRD

          Postdoc Position, Quantifying entropy from protein dynamics by simulation and experiment (full position, TV-L E13/100%)

          Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position, which is available immediately or upon mutual agreement. The goal of the project is to combine MD simulations and NMR relaxation to obtain atomic-levels insights into the link between protein dynamics and conformational entropy. The project is carried out in collaboration with Professor Frans Mulder at Aarhus University/Denmark and it will involve extended research stays at Aarhus University. The successful candidate has experience in theoretical and computational chemistry, biomolecular simulations, statistical mechanics, structural biology, and scientific computing. Experience in NMR spectroscopy and advanced biomolecular simulation methods, such as e.g. enhanced sampling techniques and force field development, are beneficial but not a requirement. Most important is proven scientific excellence.

          Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

          The Center for Theoretical Chemistry at RUB offers an exciting interdisciplinary research environment and excellent facilities including several in-house high-performance computing platforms. The togetherness of different disciplines and their cultures offers excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations for researchers and students. Bochum offers affordable prices for housing and a broad cultural program.

          If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

          Candidates should have an excellent M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree in chemistry, physics, or a related field, and a PhD (or equivalent degree) in Theoretical/computational chemistry/(bio-)physics or in NMR spectroscopy. The group language is English, so no German language skills are required – but it’s a great opportunity for you to learn German.

          Interested? Submit your application including cover letter, CV, list of publications, transcripts, and the contact details of at least two persons who would be willing to provide a letter of reference, preferably via e-mail as one single PDF file to:

          Prof. Dr. Lars Schaefer
          Center for Theoretical Chemistry
          Ruhr University Bochum
          D-44780 Bochum, Germany
          lars.schaefer@rub.de | www.molecular-simulation.org

          Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

          The contract is fixed term. Initial appointment is for 2.5 years. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately.

          At Ruhr University Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they have been underrepresented, and we would therefore like to encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.

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            30 March 2021

            Senior NMR technical position

            A senior NMR technical position is available to operate the magnetic resonance facility at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.  The facility houses NMR spectrometers (400, 600, 700 and 800 MHz; cryoprobes at 600 and 800 MHz; fast MAS solid-state probes at 700 and 800 MHz) and pulsed EPR (X-band, Q-band, W-band) equipment. It is located in the Research School of Chemistry (RSC) and serves the entire university.

            You will work directly with protein researchers, material scientists and synthetic chemists. Your responsibilities will include the operation and maintenance of the equipment, as well as the implementation of NMR methods and training of users in NMR. The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, physics or closely related field. Excellent communication skills are required.

            The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in Australia.

            Queries can be addressed to

            Professor Gottfried Otting

            The Australian National University

            Research School of Chemistry

            Sullivans Creek Rd, Bldg 137

            Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

            phone: +61-2-6125 6507

            email: gottfried.otting@anu.edu.au



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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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