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Subject: 19.01.23 PhD position in quantum chemistry within Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Candidates with a background in physics or chemistry are invited to apply for a full-time PhD
position at the Gdansk University of Technology (GUT) in Poland (https://pg.edu.pl).
The funding of the position is limited to 3 years.
The planned start date is at the earliest 1st May 2019 and at the latest 1st September 2019.

The PhD student will join a team of 14 Early-Stage Researchers (ESR), within the
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European
Commission "Molecular logic lab-on-a-vesicle for intracellular diagnostics  Logic Lab".
The Logic Lab projects aims to develop a new concept for molecular logic sensors for 
application in intracellular diagnostics. Expertise in the field of classical molecular logic gates 
will be combined with state-of-the-art research approaches in synthetic, supramolecular and 
theoretical chemistry, spectroscopy as well as microfluidics and cell biology to establish new 
tools for biomedical research. Please visit the Logic Lab website (http://logiclab-itn.eu) for more 
information about the ITN.

Job description:
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The PhD position at the Gdansk University of Technology concerns the "Quantum
chemical investigation of absorption and emission properties of molecular sensors: from
solution to complex environments". The aim of the doctoral project is to investigate the 
relationship between the structures and emission properties of molecular sensors using 
theoretical chemistry methods. Additionally, the project aims to estimate the effects of the 
interaction with a complex environment. The candidate will identify suitable methods to describe 
the structure, energies, absorption and emission spectra of molecular sensors in solution. The 
obtained results will be assessed by comparison with experimental data provided by the network 
partners. Then, the fellow will provide theoretical predictions concerning the changes in 
emission properties occurring due to analyte binding and due to the interaction with a 
surrounding solvent and a membrane model. In a first step, the environment will account for 
specific solvent/ion interactions with the molecular sensor using e.g. QM/MM approaches. In a 
second step, the environment will be extended to membrane models jointly with the network 
partners in Dublin, Leiden and Jena.
Scientific training in partner institutions include photochemical studies at the Dublin City 
University (1 month), quantum chemical calculations and modeling at the German companies 
SciClus (3 months) and COSMOlogic (1 month).

Requirements:
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Master/Engineering degree in Physics or Chemistry, preferably with majors in Theory or 
Quantum Chemistry. Good knowledge and interest in both experimental and theoretical work.
Interest in the field of photochemistry, photophysics and theoretical chemistry is required. 
Knowledge in the field of computational quantum chemistry, molecular modeling, spectroscopy
are great assets. Fluent communication skills in English, both spoken and written are required.
Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher
eligibility criteria (http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/). In particular, at the time of 
appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research 
experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided 
in the host country for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the 
appointment.

We offer:
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Highly competitive and attractive salaries according to regulations of Marie Sklodowska-Curie 
Actions are offered, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable. The successful candidate 
will be part of an excellent international research team and benefit from the scientific and 
complementary training programme of the EU-funded Innovative Training Network, Logic Lab.

As an equal opportunity employer the Gdansk University of Technology is committed to 
increase the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourage them to apply.

How to apply:
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Applications and informal enquiries should be sent to Dr. Julien Guthmuller at 
julien.guthmuller]-[pg.edu.pl. 

The application must be accompanied with the following documents in PDF format:
- letter of motivation,
- curriculum vitae of at most 3 pages,
- transcripts of records from University/University College and copy of your degree,
- copy of masters thesis or any other publications (if available),
- two written recommendation letters (e.g. one by your Master thesis supervisor) and the referees 
contact details.

The deadline for application is 31th March 2019.

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