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Advertising division: ICS-3 - Soft Matter
Reference number: D163/2018, Physics, Physical Chemistry, Biophysics

PhD position: Dynamics of proteins in confinement and in membranes

About the Institute ICS-3:
We are investigating the equilibrium phase behaviour, structure and dynamics of colloidal, biomimetic and bio-macromolecular systems, as well as their behaviour under non-equilibrium conditions, in particular in response to several types of external fields.

Background of the project:
The dynamics of protein plays an essential role in many biological pathways. The diffusive dynamics of proteins in a confining environment (like close to organelles in cells) differs drastically from that in the bulk environment. There are essential differences with bulk diffusion when the protein is embedded in a membrane (such as G-alpha proteins in the post synapse). To understand biological processes on a quantitative level it is often essential to quantify the diffusive properties of proteins in confinement and/or membranes.

Your profile:
We are looking for a motivated young scientist, who has a strong interest in interdisciplinary experimental research. As a potential candidate, you are expected to have

  • A master degree in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Biophysics or related fields;
  • Preferably, hand-on experience with techniques that are commonly used in soft-matter physics, such as microscopy, light scattering, interfacial rheology etc.;
  • Preferably (some basic) experience with protein sample preparation;
  • Basic knowledge on data analysis and programming languages;
  • Good English communication skills;

Our offer:

  • a position in an international team with themes ranging from theoretical soft-matter physics to experimental investigation of bio-inspired systems. Research will be primarily conducted on the campus of the FZ-Jülich.
  • an interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus at Jülich, well located in the triangle Cologne-Düsseldorf-Aachen.
  • Opportunities to attend international conferences and various training programs.
  • Payment of the PhD fellow will be based on salary grade EG13 (50-75%) Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD).

To apply please send a CV, a motivation letter (one page maximum), and contact details of two references to:

Prof. Dr. Peter R. Lang
Institute of Complex System (ICS-3)
Forschungszentrum Jülich GMBH
52425 Jülich