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

   Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics

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  Prof Helmut Grubmuller  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

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 Prof. Dr. Helmut Grmüller, 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.

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.

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!

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:

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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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Funding Notes

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. Payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines. The starting date is flexible.


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