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Ultrafast Multidimensional Spectroscopy

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    Dr J Bredenbeck
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Project Description

We are offering a PhD position in our group at the Institute of Biophysics, University of Frankfurt, Germany, starting as soon as possible.

Our group investigates molecular structure and dynamics, addressing phenomena at the intersection of chemistry, physics and biology. For this purpose we develop novel spectroscopic techniques, mostly involving ultrafast two-dimensional IR (2D-IR) spectroscopy. 2D-IR spectroscopy employs a sequence of femtosecond infrared pulses to measure molecular structure with high time resolution. Depending on your qualification and interest, your research project could cover time resolved 1D and 2D-IR spectroscopy of molecular systems in the context of:

- Development of novel spectroscopic techniques
- Dynamics of natural and designed proteins
- Catalysis and reaction dynamics

Furthermore, you will be involved in the teaching activities of our institute.

Our group runs two laser labs with four amplified femtosecond laser systems which can be synchronized to cover delays from femtoseconds to milliseconds. We operate a protein laboratory and have access to excellent facilities and instrumentation for protein characterization. For computations we have access to a high performance linux cluster. For more information on our research, please have a look at our homepage (

Your qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with an active attitude and excellent communicative and collaborative skills. You should have (or be about to obtain) a degree in Chemistry, Physics or Biology or an equivalent subject, be enthusiastic about fundamental experimental research, and ideally have a background in several of the following fields: femtosecond infrared spectroscopy, analysis of time resolved spectroscopy data, optics, nonlinear optics and laserspectroscopy, spectroscopic investigation of proteins, protein biophysics and biochemistry (in particular production of protein mutants), organic chemistry, theoretical chemistry.

Applications should include a cover letter, your CV, and names and addresses of two referees who would write a letter of recommendation.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Jens Bredenbeck, ([email protected]) and have a look at our home page (

Funding Notes

Salary will be according to E 13 TV-G-U, 50%.

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