Job vacancies

PhD or Postdoc position available: MD simulation of dynamic contact lines

I am seeking a candidate who wants to work full time at the Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg to study the contact line motion of droplets on soft substrates using computer simulations. The project is part of a Priority Program of the German Research Foundation and focuses on developing a novel approach aimed at removing the smearing effect of thermal capillary waves to compute the hydrodynamic fields accurately in moving droplet on substrates.
During the project, you will use molecular dynamics packages to simulate moving droplets both at the coarse-grained and at the atomistic level. You will develop new python-based analysis tools based on the Pytim (https://github.com/Marcello-Sega/pytim) package and you will compare your results with experimental results and
theories.

Being part of the Priority Program, you will benefit from a broad network of collaborators, as well as dedicated schools, workshops and conferences organized within the framework of the SPP2171 project.

Requirements:

– Solid background in either statistical mechanics, physics of liquids
or fluid dynamics, excellent written and spoken English.
– Confidence with at least one of the major molecular dynamics packages
– Experience in scientific programming (SciPy ecosystem, C/C++)

inquiries and applications to: m.sega@fz-juelich.de
starting date: preferably September or October 2019

Postdoc position in Theoretical Quantum Physics at LMU Munich

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoc to join our Emmy-Noether research group in Theoretical Quantum Physics, starting off on 1.August at the LMU Munich. The candidates are expected to have strong analytic skills, ideally with a background in fermionic quantum systems and reduced density matrices. Mathematical Physicists are encouraged to apply as well. Our projects are concerning the interface of Quantum Information Theory and Quantum Many-Body Physics. We resort to analytic approaches partly complemented/guided by computational studies to gain universal insights into interacting quantum many-body systems. A particular emphasis lies on the concept of reduced density matrices and the ground state problem.

For more details see “PhD/Postdoc opportunities” on our (previous) website at
https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/contacts/people/schilling

required documents:
– CV including a list of publications
– contact details of two referees
– a brief outline of research plans
– (link to) PhD thesis

inquiries and applications to (please state “postdoc” in the subject): christian.schilling@physics.ox.ac.uk
Review of applications will begin on 15 July, and continue until the position is filled;
starting date: 1 August or later in 2019

PhD position in Theoretical Quantum Physics at LMU Munich

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join our Emmy-Noether research group in Theoretical Quantum Physics, starting off on 1.August at the LMU Munich. The candidates are expected to have strong analytic skills, ideally with a background in fermionic quantum systems and reduced density matrices. Mathematical Physicists are encouraged to apply as well. Our projects are concerning the interface of Quantum Information Theory and Quantum Many-Body Physics. We resort to analytic approaches partly complemented/guided by computational studies to gain universal insights into interacting quantum many-body systems. A particular emphasis lies on the concept of reduced density matrices and the ground state problem.

For more details see “PhD/Postdoc opportunities” on our (previous) website at
https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/contacts/people/schilling

required documents:
– CV including a list of publications
– contact details of two referees
– (link to) Bachelor/Master thesis
– academic transcript

inquiries and applications to (please state “PhD” in the subject): christian.schilling@physics.ox.ac.uk
Review of applications will begin on 15 July, and continue until the position is filled;
starting date: 1 August or later in 2019

Postdoctoral position in computer simulations of protein-membrane interactions at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland

One ERC-funded postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. The postdoc will investigate the interactions between disordered proteins and lipid membranes in the context of lipid transport and organelle dynamics, in collaboration with experimental labs with expertise in cell biology and biochemical reconstitutions.

Our group develops and applies computer simulations to investigate how biological processes

involving cellular membranes are regulated at the molecular scale. We combine these in silico

investigations with biophysical and biochemical approaches to understand key biological mechanisms

with atomistic molecular resolution.

Please check our group website (http://www3.unifr.ch/bio/en/research/bioinformatics/vanni.html) for more information.

What we offer

We offer a stimulating, friendly and interdisciplinary work environment, with excellent working conditions (salary, resources, …) and frontier research projects.

The selected candidate will have the

opportunity to work with outstanding

international collaborators in the field of membrane biology.

The position is fully funded for 5 years. In addition, Swiss postdocs will have the

possibility to apply to prestigious and generous fellowships from the SNF to start an independent

career after completion of their postdoctoral fellowship

(http://www.snf.ch/en/funding/careers/ambizione/Pages/default.aspx or

http://www.snf.ch/en/funding/careers/eccellenza/Pages/default.aspx)

Initial gross annual salary will be of 65,000 CHF (~ 65,000 $).

Applicant

We are looking for highly motivated, team-oriented independent thinkers.

The applicant should have a PhD in physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, engineering or a related subject. The applicant should have a background in molecular dynamics simulations of proteins, preferably disordered and/or unfolded, or polymers. Previous experience in combining simulations with experiments is a plus.

In general, any previous specific knowledge is less important than strong motivation, enthusiasm for

scientific research, problem-solving skills, and possibly a track-record of individual and team

accomplishments.

Please send your application, including short cover letter (explaining background and motivation)

and a complete CV via e-mail to: stefano.vanni at unifr.ch. The positions will remain open until

filled.

Post-Doctoral Research Position in Molecular Simulation of Soft Materials, The University of Alabama, USA

The Turner Lab at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL, USA), http://www.ua.edu, is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to work on modeling projects related to advanced membrane design.  In close collaboration with experimental colleagues, composite membrane materials composed of ionic polyimide backbones and a variety of ionic liquid additives are being designed for gas separation applications.  The modeling work involves extensive molecular dynamics simulations, Monte Carlo simulations, and a variety of computational analysis techniques.  This project is heavily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, and salary and benefits for both the post-doctoral position are highly competitive.  Interested students should send CV, statement of interest, and a list of professional references to: Prof. C. Heath Turner, hturner@eng.ua.edu.  For general information, visit: http://TurnerResearchGroup.ua.edu

PhD position in Computational Polymer Physics of bacterial DNA in Lyon/Grenoble

We are looking for a scientists with a strong background in computer simulation and statistical or/and polymer physics and an interest in developing computational tools to understand the functioning of living organisms.

For details see here

PhD position in Molecular Simulations in the Thermodynamics Groups of MinesParisTech/TU Delft (co-tutelle)

We are looking for an engineer/scientist for an ambitious doctoral project devoted to molecular simulations applied to the gas processing industry. This is a collaborative project with the chemical/energy industry (these CIFRE) involving the development and experimental validation of new molecular modelling tools.

Requirements:
The successful candidate has:

  • a Master in engineering (preferred) or science
  • strong interest in molecular simulations for industrial applications
  • strong interest in interdisciplinary science
  • good knowledge of at least one programming language
  • excellent knowledge of English, good writing skills
  • ability to work independently and as international team player

The application deadline is June 30th 2019. The position will be available on September 1st 2019.

Duration: 4 years (50% of the time at TU Delft, 50% time at MinesParisTech Fontainebleau)

For further information, please contact Prof. Christophe Coquelet (christophe.coquelet@mines-paristech.fr) or Prof. Thijs Vlugt (T.J.H.Vlugt@tudelft.nl) .

Postdoctoral Fellow position in the Laboratory of Chemoinformatics-University of Strasbourg, France

We are looking for a Cheminformatics Scientist for a postdoctoral project devoted to computer-aided design of new solvents. This is a collaborative project with the chemical/energy industry involving a database preparation, application of some machine-learning methods for building structure-property models, preparation and screening of a combinatorial library.

Requirements:
The successful candidate has:

  • a PhD in Cheminformatics
  • knowledge of a chemical database management system (e.g., ChemAxon)
  • expert knowledge of at least one cheminformatics toolkit (e.g. RDKit)
  • expert knowledge of machine learning techniques and good QSPR practices
  • expert knowledge of at least one scripting language in the context of data analysis (e.g. Python)
  • additional knowledge of a data pipelining tool (e.g. KNIME) would be advantageous

The application deadline is June 30th 2019. The position will be available on September 1st 2019.

Duration: 1.5 years

Please send applications by email in one PDF file to Prof. Alexandre Varnek (varnek@unistra.fr)

Several PhD positions in machine-learning methods for materials science are available from September 2019 in the School of Physics and the CRANN Institute (www.crann.tcd.ie) at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).

All projects will include methodological algorithm development and materials science
More details are here

4-year postdoc position is available from September 2019 in the School of Physics and the CRANN Institute (www.crann.tcd.ie) at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).

The project will include methodological algorithm development and materials science. The successful candidate will also be asked to take some responsibility in Ph.D. students supervision and project management.
More details are here

Professorship in theoretical condensed matter physics

More info here

Post doctoral position in molecular simulation at IFP Energies nouvelles / Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique Université de Paris Sud

Starting Date: ASAP

Project: Coarse Grained modeling of transport properties of electrolyte complex systems for industrial applications

Many industries are faced with complex systems exhibiting a wide range of characteristic time and length scales. This is especially the case for electrolytes present in emulsions, heterogeneous fluids, and in general all multiphasic systems containing interfaces, encountered among others in industrial applications and in particular in electrochemical systems. Experimental measurements of thermophysical properties on such systems are not always easy or even possible. The use of molecular simulation methods is an alternative solution in order to assess relevant properties and to allow a better understanding of the physical phenomena involved.

Among the possible simulation methods, Coarse Grained (CG) modeling such as Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) seems to be the best method for simulating the complex fluids considered. In the proposed post-doctoral work, a combined use of CG approaches with DPD and Monte Carlo simulation schemes will be investigated. The main objective of this project is to propose a consistent methodology to build a mesoscopic model (DPD) capable of predicting the transport properties (self-diffusion, Fickian scattering, viscosity, ionic conductivity, etc.) of ions in aqueous solutions.

The post-doc candidate is expected to have an excellent knowledge of molecular simulation techniques (atomistic and/or mesoscopic), chemical physics or physical chemistry background via Chemistry or Physics or Chemical Engineering studies. Computer programming in Fortran, C or C++, knowledge of statistical mechanics and molecular simulation software/methods will be appreciated. The candidate is expected to have good interpersonal communication skills.

The position is available for an initial period of one year that can be possibly extended, based on progress. The position is located in Rueil-Malmaison (France) in close collaboration with the Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique (LCP) at Paris Sud University. Gross salary will be about 3000 € / month.

Interested candidates should contact Carlos Nieto-Draghi at carlos.nieto@ifpen.fr or Bernard Rousseau at bernard.rousseau@u-psud.fr. The complete application should include: (i) a motivation letter, (ii) a detailed CV, (iii) two suggested names of referees.

One post-doctoral position open at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

An outstanding candidate is sought with a background in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry, or materials science/engineering) alongside strong programming skills and organisational skills, and excellent work ethics.
The successful candidate will contribute to the development of a web-based collaborative environment for developing and distributing teaching and research material, within the project OSSCAR: https://www.osscar.org funded by the EPFL Open Science Fund.
S/he will work under the joint supervision of Dr. G. Pizzi (NCCR MARVEL – Open Science Project: http://nccr-marvel.ch/) and Dr. S. Bonella (CECAM, https://www.cecam.org) to devise and implement tools for research and teaching in the domain of atomistic simulations.
The initial appointment is for one year, renewable upon mutual satisfaction for up to 36 months. Level of employment: 100%. More information, requirements for the position, and instructions on how to apply can be found here.
For best consideration, applications must be submitted by April 28th 2019. The position will however remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Postdoc Position at Univ. Barcelona, in Mesoscale Modeling in Nanostructured Materials

More info here

Postdoc/PhD/Master positions in computational biology and modern drug discovery at the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences

More info here

Research Associate at the Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

At the Institute of Polymers and Composites (https://www.tuhh.de/alt/kvweb) at the Hamburg University of Technology the following position – limited for 3 years – is to be filled at the earliest possible date

Research Associate / Research Associate
Fee group 13 TV-L, code no.: D-19-17

The FHH promotes equality between women and men. Women are under-represented in the area for which this position is advertised within the meaning of § 3 Sec. 1 of the Hamburg Equal Opportunities Act (HmbGleiG). We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. They are given priority in the event of equal suitability, competence and professional performance. Severely disabled and equal disabled persons have priority over applicants of equal aptitude, competence and professional performance who are not privileged by law.

Field of activity:
Doctorate within the subproject A5 “Infiltration of amorphous/hierarchical carbons” in the newly established research training group 2688 “Processes in natural and technical Particle Fluid Systems – PintPFS”.

The Research Training Group, which was founded by eight scientists from the TUHH in the fields of civil engineering, process engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science, is dedicated to the investigation of various processes in particle-fluid systems (PFS). These are subdivided into natural PFS, e.g. soils, and technical PFS, e.g. nanoporous substances such as aerogels, and are examined and researched using experimental and numerical methods. Special about the Research Training Group is the promotion and research of young scientists in a highly interdisciplinary environment, in which the various research laboratories at the TUHH (e.g. the Electron Microscopy unit) and various cooperation partners such as the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht (HZG) and the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) are integrated.

An excellent support and promotion of the scientific personnel as well as an international scientific exchange is guaranteed by an extensive guest and workshop program, a specialized lecture program and furthermore by interdisciplinary qualification possibilities of the Graduate Academy for Technology and Innovation of the TUHH as well as by Pro Exzellenzia for the further education of women in the natural sciences.

The infiltrability of microporous materials plays a decisive role in the storage capacity of batteries and supercapacitors. By investigating the processes on the sub-nanometer scale using ab-initio and molecular dynamics simulations, these will be investigated at the atomic level and possible optimization strategies identified.

First, realistic atomic models of amorphous and hierarchical carbon structures are developed for further simulation. The influence of different functional groups (e.g. carboxyl or hydroxyl groups) will be investigated in detail. Hierarchical materials, such as the in-house produced carbon nanotube forests, are investigated in close cooperation with the institute’s experimenters.

Requirements:
Completed scientific university studies, in particular in physics, physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, materials science or similar (preferably with specialisations in physics informatics or chemoinformatics).

Special knowledge in the field of free energy calculation using classical molecular dynamics simulations, e.g. with LAMMPS and metadynamics, or density functional theory simulations, e.g. with VASP, as well as very good knowledge of at least one programming language (preferably C, C++, Python) is required. Very good written and oral English would be advantageous.

For further information, please contact Prof. Meißner at +49 40 42878-2580.

Applications with a curriculum vitae in table form and the usual documents must be sent by 28.02.2019 stating the identification number D-19-17 to:

Hamburg University of Technology
Personnel Department PV32/G –
21071 Hamburg, Germany

Or by e-mail to geschaeftsstellepv32@tu-harburg.hamburg.de

Due to a large number of applications, the Technical University of Hamburg can only return application documents that are accompanied by a sufficiently stamped and addressed self-addressed envelope. Please do not submit originals.