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PhD position: Multiscale simulations of intrinsically-disordered peptides on surfaces

The Theory Department of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, headed by Professor Kurt Kremer, seeks to hire a PhD student for studies of peptide aggregation on surfaces.
This inter-departmental study will focus on disordered motifs which play important roles in cellular transport.
The project will employ a multiscale approach to investigate how monomer sequence dictates aggregate structure.
In close collaboration with Dr. Grazia Gonella’s nano interfaces group (Spectroscopy Department, headed by Professor Mischa Bonn), the investigation will also aim to determine how surface characteristics and processing conditions affect the pathways of aggregate formation.

The successful applicant will apply systematic, bottom-up coarse-graining methodologies to construct highly-accurate but efficient models that describe aggregate structure and growth dynamics.
Subsequently, the student will apply advanced numerical analysis tools (e.g., dimensionality reduction and kinetic modeling techniques) to systematically characterize the simulation trajectories and to make direct comparisons with experimental measurements.
Applicants should have a strong interest in development of molecular simulation models and data analysis while also having exposure to some of the following topics:

  • stochastic dynamics
  • statistical mechanics
  • biophysics
  • programming (knowledge of Python is a plus)

Demonstration of strong programming skills, a solid mathematical background, or previous experience with numerical methods is highly desired.
Applicants are asked to send a single PDF document that includes their CV, transcripts, and the name of two scientists who can provide a recommendation to [email protected]
Please do not hesitate to direct informal inquiries concerning this position to:
Dr. Joseph F. Rudzinski – [email protected]