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Ph.D. Student Position (Code Number 08-17)

The newly established Mathematical Biophysics Group in the Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen focuses on the development and application of methods of mathematical physics and the theory of stochastic processes in the study of phenomena in Biophysics. Our main research focus is currently the non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of single molecules. In particular we aim at a trajectory-based description of macromolecular conformation dynamics as well as of their spatial transport, binding, and reactions. In our work we employ a combination of analytical approaches and computer simulation methods. The group invites applications for a Ph.D. Student Position (Code Number 08-17) The Ph.D. student will work on an analytical description of single-molecule dynamics based on occupation time functionals, that is, a time-average-based statistical mechanics of single molecules. The work will encompass the analysis of imaginary-time path integrals, more precisely of the corresponding ’backward Fokker-Planck’ formulation of single-molecule dynamics. The results will also be applied to the analysis of atomistic Molecular Dynamics simulations as well as single-molecule FRET experiments. Applicants should have a strong background in Physics, Applied Mathematics or Theoretical Physical Chemistry, and hold a Master’s degree in any of these fields. Experience in path integrals, partial differential equations and/or complex analysis will be preferred but is not mandatory. Basic knowledge in scientific programming is required. Given a good knowledge of English, knowledge of the German language is not required. The successful candidate will have the chance to participate in one of several available Ph.D. programs, with three years funding and a possibility of extension, in collaboration with the University of Goettingen. The payment and benefits are based on the German TVöD guidelines. 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. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Please send your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, and publication record (if applicable) preferably as one single PDF file via e-mail to Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Mathematical Biophysics Group Dr. Aljaz Godec Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen Germany Web:

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