The Molecular Simulation Group

Postdoc Position, Quantifying entropy from protein dynamics by simulation and experiment (full position, TV-L E13/100%)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position, which is available immediately or upon mutual agreement. The goal of the project is to combine MD simulations and NMR relaxation to obtain atomic-levels insights into the link between protein dynamics and conformational entropy. The project is carried out in collaboration with Professor Frans Mulder at Aarhus University/Denmark and it will involve extended research stays at Aarhus University. The successful candidate has experience in theoretical and computational chemistry, biomolecular simulations, statistical mechanics, structural biology, and scientific computing. Experience in NMR spectroscopy and advanced biomolecular simulation methods, such as e.g. enhanced sampling techniques and force field development, are beneficial but not a requirement. Most important is proven scientific excellence.

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.

Candidates should have an excellent M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree in chemistry, physics, or a related field, and a PhD (or equivalent degree) in Theoretical/computational chemistry/(bio-)physics or in NMR spectroscopy. 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, list of publications, transcripts, and the contact details of at least two persons 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 2.5 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.