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Ph.D. Position: Structure and Dynamics of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Advertising institute: ICS-1 - Neutron Scattering
Reference number: D157/2017, Physics, Physical Chemistry, Chemistry, Biochemistry

We are looking for a PhD student to join our research group working in the field of molecular biophysics. In your PhD project, you will investigate the structure and dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins. The PhD work will be conducted at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Our institute offers a highly interdisciplinary working environment and in-house access to state-of-the-art neutron scattering instruments. Regular business trips to our collaboration partner Prof. Ben Schuler at University of Zurich are required.

Your job:

The central element of the project will be the combination of neutron scattering methods and single-molecule spectroscopy for the investigation of the structure and dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins. The PhD project is embedded in a cooperation with Prof. Ben Schuler, University of Zurich, Department of Biochemistry. Structural information is obtained by small-angle neutron scattering, motions in proteins are measured by neutron spin-echo spectroscopy. Förster resonance energy transfer and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy will allow gaining information on structural properties and on protein dynamics on the single-molecule level. Neutron scattering will be the main method of the PhD project. Data analysis using computer programs will be an important part of the project.

Your profile: 

The ideal candidate should have a Master degree in Physics, Chemistry or Biochemistry with a background in Soft Matter or Molecular Biophysics. Knowledge of scattering techniques is not required but would be a plus. Basic knowledge of molecular biology would be an asset. Experience with computer programming for data analysis (python or similar) is necessary. Good communication skills in English are an important requirement. The applicant should have a cooperative working style and integrate well in a multidisciplinary team.

Our offer: 

We offer a doctorate program limited to three years. The position is funded by a PhD scholarship. You will obtain your PhD degree from RWTH Aachen.
The possibility to join the “International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter” is given for the successful candidate.

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.


Please submit your enquiries and application (including letter of motivation, CV and exam results as pdf files) to

Dr. Andreas Stadler
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Institute of Complex Systems (ICS): Neutronenstreuung (ICS-1 / JCNS-1)


For further information please contact Dr. Stadler or visit our webpages.