PhD Student or Postdoc (f/m/d) for the project Theory and Algorithms for Structure Determination from Ultrafast Single Molecule X FEL Diffraction and Fluctuation Correlation X-Ray Scattering Experiments
The Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences is a leading international research institute
of exceptional scientific breadth. With more than 40 research groups and some 1,000 employees
from over 50 nations, it is the largest institute of the Max Planck Society.
The Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics headed by Helmut Grubmüller is
inviting applications for a
PhD Student or Postdoc (f/m/d)
for the project
Theory and Algorithms for Structure Determination from Ultrafast
Single Molecule X FEL Diffraction and Fluctuation Correlation
X-Ray Scattering Experiments
The Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics strives to obtain a first principles
understanding of the molecular motions and mechanisms underlying and enabling biomolecular
recognition and function through atomistic computer simulations, with a particular focus on proteins
and protein complexes. Furthermore, we aim to advance the theory of biomolecular dynamics,
simulation methods, and scalable parallel algorithms.
The goal of this particular research project is to develop Bayesian methods to obtain high-resolution
molecular structures and dynamics from sparse and noisy experimental data.
More details: https://www.mpinat.mpg.de/628848/SM-Ultrafast-XRay-Diffraction
The successful candidate has a keen interest and strong skills in theoretical and computational
physics and probability theory 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.
What we offer
• State of the art on-site compute facilities
• Competitive research in an inspiring, world-class environment
• A wide range of offers to help you balance work and family life: on-campus kindergarten
places including vacation care, parent-child offices, etc.
• Further training opportunities and free in-house language courses
The group language is English, so no German language skills are required – but it is a great
opportunity for you to learn German!
PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in one of several available PhD programs,
with three 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
Payment and benefits are based on the German Public Service Payscale (TVöD Bund) guidelines.
The starting date is flexible.
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. The
Max Planck Society strives for diversity and gender equality and welcomes applications from all
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Please submit your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), a
CV and transcripts (translated to English or German, if applicable) preferably via e-mail and as a
single PDF file to:
Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics
Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller
Am Faßberg 11