PhD Student or Postdoc position for the project "Theory and Algorithms for Structure Determination... (# of pos: 2)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Germany,
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Oct 2022

The Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen, Germany, is a leading international research institute of exceptional scientific breadth. With more than 40 research groups and some 1,000 employees from over 50 nations, it is the largest institute of the Max Planck Society.

The Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics headed by Helmut Grubmüller is inviting applications for a

PhD Student or Postdoc (f/m/d)

for the project

Theory and Algorithms for Structure Determination from Ultrafast Single Molecule X-FEL Diffraction and Fluctuation Correlation X-Ray Scattering Experiments

About us

The Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics strives to obtain a first principles understanding of the molecular motions and mechanisms underlying and enabling biomolecular recognition and function through atomistic computer simulations, with a particular focus on proteins and protein complexes. Furthermore, we aim to advance the theory of biomolecular dynamics, simulation methods, and scalable parallel algorithms.

The goal of this particular research project is to develop Bayesian methods to obtain high-resolution molecular structures and dynamics from sparse and noisy experimental data.

More details:

Your profile

The successful candidate has a keen interest and strong skills in theoretical and computational physics and probability theory and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with experimental groups.

PhD candidates hold (or expect to complete soon) a Masters or equivalent degree; Postdocs hold a PhD or equivalent degree in any of these or a related field.

What we offer

  • State of the art on-site compute facilities
  • Competitive research in an inspiring, world-class environment
  • A wide range of offers to help you balance work and family life: on-campus kindergarten places including vacation care, parent-child offices, etc.
  • Further training opportunities and free in-house language courses

The group language is English, so no German language skills are required – but it is a great opportunity for you to learn German!

Position Details

PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in one of several available PhD programs, with three years funding, in collaboration with the University of Göttingen. Masters students aiming at a fast track PhD are also welcome. The Postdoc position is limited to two years with a possibility of extension.

Payment and benefits are based on the German Public Service Payscale (TVöD Bund) guidelines. The starting date is flexible.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and, therefore, encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society strives for diversity and gender equality and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please submit your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), a CV and transcripts (translated to English or German, if applicable) preferably via e-mail and as a single PDF file to:

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences

Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics

Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller

Am Fassberg 11

37077 Göttingen




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