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PhD Studentship Opportunity in Non-Markovian dynamics in biomolecular complexes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, April 19, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In this study, we will model the non-Markovian dynamics of biomolecular aggregates and structured phononic baths employing open quantum system techniques which go beyond the Markov approximation.

This theoretical project would run alongside the experimental project to investigate the dynamics of photo-excited fluorophores. The recent discovery of long-lived coherences in complex biological complexes has raised a fundamental question of how the fluctuations (noise) present in the natural biological environment can possibly allow the preservation of quantum coherence. Indeed, it has been suggested that not only the noise fails to produce decoherence, it may even be the case that the fluctuations are a crucial ingredient in the maintenance of the coherence.

In this study, we will model the non-Markovian dynamics of biomolecular aggregates and structured phononic baths employing open quantum system techniques which go beyond the Markov approximation, including methods that focus on the reduced molecular system dynamics (master equation/Heisenberg equations perturbation approach, stochastic Schrodinger equation) and methods targeting full system dynamics (path integral Monte Carlo and chain mapping approaches).

Entry requirements:
BSc/Masters. This is a theoretical physics research project. The candidate should be a physicist with strong analytical and numerical skills. Previous knowledge of any of path integral techniques, open quantum systems approaches, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics is an advantage, though not a requirement. IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in each band.

How to apply:
Applications should be sent through the Biosciences and Medicine PhD course page: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/biosciences-and-medicine-phd. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.
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Funding Notes

All University academic fees are covered with a stipend of £15,285 per annum for UK/EU citizens. Overseas students are welcome to apply but will need to source their own funding. Overseas students are welcome to apply but will need to source their own funding.

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