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PhD position in Göttingen, Germany. Computational Biophysics

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Molecular dynamics simulations of X-ray scattering experiments

The position is available in the group of Dr. Jochen Hub, on the topic of molecular dynamics simulations of X-ray scattering experiments. The PhD candidate can become a member of the local GGNB Graduate School, providing a stimulating environment for the PhD candidate.

We offer:
  • Close mentoring of the project in a junior group, yet a lot of freedom to develop own ideas
  • Young research environment with a lot of possibilities to contribute to the development of the group
  • Highly topical research project
  • Stimulating research environment: the Göttingen campus provides a world-leading research environment in molecular biophysics.
  • Very good CPU recourses on the group's own cluster and in external computing centers
  • Excellent cooperations within Göttingen (SFB 860, SFB 803) and to research groups abroad (Gothenburg, Montpellier, Illinois, Linz)
  • Regular employment including social benefits (TV-L E13, 65%). The position is initially limited to one year, and will be extended annually.
  • Of course, participation in international scientific congresses.
Scientific background: Wide-angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS) is an emerging experimental technique which can provide structural information about biomolecules (proteins, DNA, RNA) in solution and, thus, under physiological conditions. In addition, such methods even yield time-resolved insight into conformation transitions of biomolecules, and could therefore in principle observe these intriguing molecular machines "in action".

So far, the interpretation of (time-resolved) WAXS spectra is difficult and therefore restricts a wider application of the method. We aim to change this unsatisfactory situation using molecular dynamics simulations, carried out on state-of-the-art high-performance computing facilities, with the aim to derive atomistic interpretations of WAXS data. The detailed direction of the project can also be decided together with the PhD candidate.

We seek: We are looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented PhD student who is interested to work in a stimulating research environment. The applicant should have a degree in physics, chemistry, biophysics, or a related subject. Experience in molecular dynamics, programming, or Linux/Unix-like environments is beneficial, but not required. Most important is a strong interest in molecular biophysics.

Please send your full application until July 5, 2015, to Dr. Jochen Hub (jhub@gwdg.de).  Please include a cover letter (including a brief statement of motivation), a CV, all academic certificates (including course records), your university entrance exam (corresponding to the German Abitur) and two references who are willing to write a letter of recommendation upon request.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.

We are looking forward to hear from you!


Contact detail

How to apply:
Via e-mail.
Send application to
Dr. Jochen Hub
E-mail: jhub@gwdg.de
Phone: +49-(0)551-39-14189


Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Niedersachsen)
Working place
37077 Göttingen
Area of expertise
Physics, Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry