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Reference number: 2019D-016

PhD Position on “Simulating Cytoskeletal Dynamics”

With 5,900 employees and a unique research infrastructure, Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of the major interdisciplinary research centres in Europe. It is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. We are offering a

PhD Position on “Simulating Cytoskeletal Dynamics”

at the institute for Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics (www.fz-juelich.de/ics/ics-2). The institute has a strong track record in computer simulations of active matter. We have recently started to develop models to simulate mixtures of cytoskeletal filaments and molecular motors [1-3]. In this PhD project, we aim to investigate flows and active force generation in the cytoskeleton of biological cells. We will address the system from the point of view of ‘living matter’ and focus on the non-equilibrium physics aspects of the system. Your research will have a strong focus on high performance computing for networks of cytoskeletal filaments, molecular motors, and crosslinkers.

Your profile:
Applicants should be ambitious, highly motivated, and creative. Expertise in theoretical or computational physics or a related discipline is mandatory. Experience with soft matter physics and statistical mechanics will be helpful. Candidates will work both individually and collaboratively and should have good skills in spoken and written English.

Our offer:
We offer a three-year, full-time PhD project with a competitive salary and an international and stimulating work environment. The institute is a member of several national and international scientific networks.

The institute for Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics is a member of the International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter (IHRS BioSoft). The IHRS BioSoft aims at advancing research and education at the interfaces between physics, chemistry, biology, and neuroscience. In addition to scientific lectures, seminars, and lab courses, the IHRS BioSoft provides complementary training in transferable skills, as well as networking opportunities with other PhD students in the areas of Soft Matter and Biophysics. Successful applicants can also apply for membership in the IHRS BioSoft (www.ihrs-biosoft.de).

To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, and your transcripts preferably by email to:

Forschungszentrum Jülich
Dr. Thorsten Auth
52425 Jülich
Email: t.auth@fz-juelich.de

Forschungszentrum Jülich
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gompper
52425 Jülich
Email: g.gompper@fz-juelich.de

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. Applications from disabled persons are also welcome.

[1] G. Vliegenthart et al., arXiv:1902.07904 (2019)
[2] A. Ravichandran et al., eLife 8, e39694 (2019)
[3] A. Ravichandran et al., Biophys. J. 113, 1121 (2017)