PhD Position (m/f/d) in Computational Biology

The research group ‘Molecular Simulations and Design’ headed by Dr Matthias Stein is working on structure-based multiscale simulations in chemistry and biology.
The Max Planck Institute in Magdeburg is performing interdisciplinary research in the area of synthesis, analysis and control of highly complex processes in biotechnology, chemical production, and energy conversion.

Activities and responsibilities

We are looking for a PhD Student (m/f/d) to perform studies on structure-based studies on the exploitation of novel drug targets.

In close collaboration with experimental partners from the Medical Faculty, advanced computational methods will be developed and used to exploit the drugability of protein structures. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations plus fragment-based ligand design and advanced methods to obtain accurate binding energies will be important.

Qualification profile

We are looking for candidates with a Master degree in computational/theoretical chemistry or biology and experience with Molecular Dynamics simulations and protein structure modelling. Experience in programming (C/C++) and methods development is highly advantageous. Successful candidates should  be  highly  motivated,  have  excellent  interpersonal  and  communication  skills,  be  able  to  work  independently,  and  favor  interdisciplinary  communication  across  disciplines  and  creative  thinking.


We offer a PhD position (65%, TVöD E13) for a period of three years (starting on 1st October 2019).

Send application to

Applicants should send a CV, list of publications and contact details of three potential academic referees as a single pdf file to before 31st August 2019.

We aim to increase the participation of women in research; therefore applications by women are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals are especially encouraged to apply. These applicants will be given priority in the case of same qualifications. We handle applications electronically, observing the German data privacy laws. By sending the application, the applicant declares her or his consent.

Contact Information

Dr Matthias Stein
Molecular Simulations and Design Group
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
Sandtorstrasse 1
39106 Magdeburg, Germany

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About Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Dynamical Systems

In 1996 the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems was established. The founding director is Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Ernst Dieter Gilles. The institute in Magdeburg is the first institute of the Max Planck Society dedicated to the engineering sciences and is intended to bridge the gap between basic research and industrial applications. At present 240 employees are...
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