The Molecular Simulation Group

PhD Positions in Molecular Simulation of Chemistry in Nanoconfinement

Applications are invited for a PhD student position, which is available immediately or upon mutual agreement (latest starting date is July 01, 2021). The goal of the project is to obtain atomic-levels insights into chemistry in nanoconfinement, e.g., in biomolecular systems such as enzymes or in synthetic host-guest complexes. The successful candidate has a keen interest in theoretical and computational chemistry methods such as molecular dynamics simulations, QM/MM, force fields, statistical mechanics, and scientific computing. The successful candidate will be integrated into the research training group confinement-controlled chemistry (GRK 2376), and thus communication skills and interest in interdisciplinary collaborative research together with experimental groups are required. The program also comprises an integrated three-month research stay at the University of California at Berkeley.

The Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

The Center for Theoretical Chemistry at RUB offers an exciting interdisciplinary research environment and excellent facilities including several in-house high-performance computing platforms. RUB is one of Germany's leading universities. All important fields of research are located at one campus. The togetherness of different disciplines and their cultures offers excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations for researchers and students. Bochum offers affordable prices for housing and a broad cultural program.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

PhD candidates hold (or expect to complete soon) an excellent M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree in chemistry, physics, or a related field. The group language is English, so no German language skills are required – but it’s a great opportunity for you to learn German.

Interested? Submit your application including cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, transcripts (including university entrance degree), and the contact details of at least one person who would be willing to provide a letter of reference, preferably via e-mail as one single PDF file to:
Prof. Dr. Lars Schäfer
Center for Theoretical Chemistry
Ruhr University Bochum
44780 Bochum, Germany |

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

The contract is fixed term. Initial appointment is for 3 years. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately.

At Ruhr University Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they have been underrepresented, and we would therefore like to encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.