Jobs

04.02.2022

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Membrane Biophysics

Applications are invited for a Postdoc/Senior Postdoc position in our lab for theoretical and computational membrane biophysics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

Plasma membranes and in general biomembranes establish and maintain differences in composition between the cell or organelle interior and exterior. Biomembranes are the site for cell-cell recognition, they allow active and passive transport of material into and out of the cell, and they harbour proteins as initiators of signal transduction pathways.

The project addresses the physico-chemical driving forces for the establishment of membrane domains within the immune cell plasma membrane, and their role for sensing of external signals by immune receptors and signal transduction, as well as membrane remodeling. The aim is to shed light on the cooperative action of proteins and lipids in shaping biomembrane structure.

The successful applicant has a keen interest and strong skills in methods from statistical and computational physics, in particular atomistic and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. The project involves close collaboration with experimental immunology groups. The Postdoc will have the opportunity to participate in a research cluster studying the structure and function of immune domains.

Erlangen is a center for immunobiology with more than 70 groups focusing on immunological topics. In addition, since 2021, the University of Erlangen hosts a National High Performance Computing Center (hpc.fau.de) with a focus on atomistic simulations.

Candidates should preferably hold a PhD degree in bio-/physics, theoretical/computational chemistry, or similar, have a good knowledge of statistical mechanics, programming skills and a strong interest in interdisciplinary projects.

 

Other requirements

High level of English and good communication skills; effective team working.

Interested candidates should send one pdf document containing a cover letter, CV, and certificates

to rainer.boeckmann@fau.de.

 

Ph.D. Position

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. position in theoretical and computational membrane biophysics. Projects focus on lipid-protein interaction, membrane dynamics, membrane phase transition, structure-dynamics-function relationship of channels using atomistic and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations.
Candidates should preferably have a master in computational/theoretical physics/chemistry, a good knowledge of statistical mechanics  and programming skills.

Interested candidates should send one pdf document containing cover letter, research interests and cv to rainer.boeckmann@fau.de.