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Simulation alongside theory and experiment is nowadays considered an integral part of scientific discovery. As computation speeds up and new technologies and instruments improve, data generation in all fields of science is rapidly increasing. As a consequence, researchers face new challenges: Data collection exceeds by far the capacity to validate, analyze, visualize, store, and curate the information contained. Additionally, traditional, single-scale, macroscopic physical models are becoming inadequate for the accuracy requirements of modern physical, biological and engineering applications that involve multiscale phenomena occurring over vastly different scales. Tackling these challenges will transform our approach to research potentially leading to unprecedented data-driven scientific discoveries. The overall goal of the European Joint Doctorate Program in Simulation in multiscale physical and biological systems (STIMULATE) is to deliver an innovative interdisciplinary educational and research program in simulation and data science, which educates students to best address the challenges posed by exascale computing and intensive data applications, producing computational science professionals tactically positioned to become leaders in both academia and industry. PhD students will be seconded to industrial partners that will complement expertise in computer technologies, mathematical modeling and data analytics with hands-on training.

STIMULATE is currently accepting applications for one PhD position within a Marie-Sklodowska Curie program. The position starts immediately and it's in the field of Computational Biology. The project concerns the study of “Innovative HPC-based strategies against neurodegenerative diseases”. Common neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are increasingly spread in the EU, yet no cure is available for any of those. Here, the PhD will perform HPC-based molecular simulations to identify novel drug leads binding to  non-traditional protein targets involved in these diseases. Advanced free energy methods such as well-tempered metadynamics will be employed. Data-mining techniques such as machine learning will be used to assist drug design strategies. The compounds will then be tested experimentally within the STIMULATE consortium.

Applications are welcome from candidates worldwide with relevant scientific background and a keen interest in simulation and data science. The selected fellow will be admitted at three European institutins of the STIMULATE consortium (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, RWTH Aachen University and University of Ferrara) receiving a joint PhD degree upon successful completion of his/her program of studies.

The fellowship includes a living allowance of about 3110 euro per month, mobility allowance 600 euro per month and family allowance up to 500 euro per month.

Applications submitted by 30th May 2019 will receive full consideration.

Applications submitted after that date will be considered subject to availability.

For further information on admissions, requirements and eligibility criteria please visit the STIMULATE website: