The Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP) is a research institute of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB). The FVB represents eight institutes of natural sciences, life sciences and environmental sciences in Berlin with joint funding by the federal and state governments. The institutes are members of the Leibniz Association. FMP pursues a broad scientific scope with the sections Molecular Physiology, Structural Biology and Chemical Biology. It is located on the research campus Berlin-Buch.
The research groups of Dr. Andrew Plested and Dr. Han Sun invite applications for two positions for Ph.D. Students (m/f) in the field of computational biophysics/molecular physiology with part-time employment (65%). The period of employment is initially two years. The position will be available from April 2017.
We are two young and interdisciplinary research teams. Dr. Plested’s lab is focused on studying ion channel receptors by using a variety of different biophysical methods. Dr. Sun’s lab is interested in understanding protein dynamics and their relationship to protein function by employing computational simulations. The objective of our joint research project is to identify molecular mechanisms of ion permeation and activation in AMPA receptors, which are relevant for the integrity and flexibility of fast synaptic transmission in the brain. This project is part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Council) Research Group 2518. The students will have opportunities to study a variety of different biophysical techniques and work with leading scientists in the field.
The candidates should have a good master/diploma degree in Biophysics, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry or a related field and ideally have a basic knowledge in computational simulations. Experiences in coding and raw data analysis are preferred. A strong interest in interdisciplinary projects and cooperation with scientists from different backgrounds is required.