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Reference number: D181/2017, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science

PhD position in Computational Molecular Science: Atomistic simulation of biologically relevant RNA complexes: Development and testing of a Monte Carlo simulation approach

RNA has recently become one of the hottest research areas in molecular biology and medicine. In addition to their “traditional” role as facilitators of protein transcription they are involved in the regulation of cell processes and may well be critical in many diseases.

The focus of the project is to enable exploration of RNA and DNA complexes using Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations, in close collaboration with the Institute for Computational Genomics (

The PhD position is embedded in a highly cross-disciplinary environment involving the Simulation Laboratory (SimLab) Biology at the JSC, the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine 9 (INM-9) and the Institute for Computational Genomics at RWTH Aachen University.

Your Profile:

  • Master's degree in Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • Expertise in modern C++.
  • Interest in biomolecules and molecular interactions
  • Knowledge of computational biology techniques is an advantage
  • Familiarity with Linux-based operating systems is an advantage.
  • Interest in high-performance computing
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Communication and teamwork skills

We offer:

  • The position is available for 3.5 years
  • Working in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Opportunities of being part of the national and international scientific community
  • Specialized courses, summer schools, seminars by renowned experts
  • Salary and social benefits

Documents sent will be screened by an evaluating committee and, based on the record of the scientific career, the shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, by teleconference if necessary.

Complete applications should include a CV, the Degree thesis, a complete list of publications, names and e-mails of two referees, and should be submitted to Giulia Rossetti ( and Sandipan Mohanty ( by March 2018.

Jun. Prof. Giulia Rossetti
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Computational Biomedicine (IAS-5/INM-9)

Dr. Sandipan Mohanty
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)