Applications are invited for a PhD position in the research group of Professor Karin Hauser at the University of Konstanz. The project is dedicated to study protein folding dynamics by time-resolved infrared (IR) spectroscopy. In particular, a homebuilt IR spectrometer with a laser-excited temperature-jump will be used to monitor submillisecond structural dynamics. Focus of the project is the understanding of molecular mechanisms in the stabilization of protein structures. Model peptides with novel site-specific infrared probes will be applied to analyze structural dynamics on the basis of individual amino acids, thereby exploring backbone and side-chain dynamics separately.
We are looking for a highly motivated student who has successfully completed a master in (bio)physics or chemistry. The ideal candidate should have experience in spectroscopic techniques or laser spectroscopy or optics. Interest in biophysical research and interdisciplinary work is expected. Further requirements are the ability to work independently and in a team, as well as good English language proficiency.
Scheerer, D., Chi, H., McElheny, D., Keiderling, T., Hauser, K. "Enhanced sensitivity to local dynamics in peptides by use of temperature-jump IR-spectroscopy and isotope labeling", Chem Eur J, 2020, 26, 3524-3534
Siu, H., Heck, B., Kovermann, M., Hauser, K. "Template-assisted design of monomeric polyQ models to unravel the unique role of glutamine side chains in disease-related aggregation", Chemical Science 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0SC05299J
Popp, A., Scheerer, D., Heck, B., Hauser, K. "Biomolecular dynamics studied with IRspectroscopy using quantum cascade lasers combined with nanosecond perturbation techniques", Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc, 2017, 181, 192–199
Further information: www.biophysik.uni-konstanz.de