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Advertising division: ER-C-3 - Structural Biology
Reference number: 2020D-100

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The Ernst Ruska Centre (ER-C) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of the world-leading electron microscopy centres with a total of 13 electron microscopes including the PICO Titan with a point resolution of 0.5 Å. The cryo-EM facility will soon be extended with state-of-the-art cryo-microscopes Titan Krios G4, Talos Arctica, Talos 120 and Aquilos 2. The Structural Biology division of the ER-C investigates the structural and molecular mechanism of autophagy and pushes the development of cryo-EM related methodology. The Jülich Supercomputing Centre operates a series of supercomputers including CPU and GPU architectures of highest performance. The Jülich campus hosts a vibrant biophysics and structural biology community.

The Structural Biology department (ERC-3) is offering a

PhD Position - Cryo-EM Method Development

Your Job:

  • Using and developing cryo-EM image processing methods to determine the 3D structures of biological macromolecules.
  • Using novel imaging approaches and applying computational methods of pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and deep learning to improve 3D reconstruction and density map interpretation methods.


Your Profile:

  • Master degree in bioinformatics, biophysics or related field.
  • Familiarity with the Unix operating system is required and prior knowledge in programming will be a plus.
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills.
  • Structured and self-motivated way of working.


Our Offer:

  • Creative and international environment embedded in an interdisciplinary team with colleagues ranging from electron microscopists, computer scientists, biochemists as well as cellular biologists
  • The research will be mainly carried out at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, which is one of the largest research centers in Germany, with excellent scientific equipment and leading European computational resources, located on a green campus, and near the cultural centers Köln, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • Chance of participating in (international) conferences and project meetings
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor
  • Doctoral degree conferred by Heinrich Heine University
  • A 3-year PhD position that is available immediately
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme
  • Pay in line with 50 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund). Pay higher than the basic pay may be possible
  • Information on employment as a PhD student at Forschungszentrum Jülich can be found here http://www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_Docs


Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.