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Date: Wed Mar 13 17:14:29 2019
Subject: 19.03.13 PhD position in Computational Chemistry, SciClus, Jena, Germany
Developing quantum mechanical models to account for complex environments:

From solution to membranes and cells (ESR 4)

as part of the EU Research Framework Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions


Candidates with a background in physics, chemistry, or informatics are 
invited to apply for a PhD position. 
You will be registered at  Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU)
to obtain the PhD degree.

The aim of the doctoral project is to identify methods that are best suited 
(fastest at sufficient accuracy) to account for the influence of solvents 
and electrolytes, particularly specific interactions beyond continuum 
models, on absorption and fluorescence spectra as well as fluorescence life
times. The candidate will study interactions between molecules and 
environments at systematically varied model complexities. Thus, the fellow
will be able to apply the most suitable models to predict optimum molecular
functionalizations for ideal anchoring of dyes in membranes. Beyond such 
thermodynamical calculations on molecular ground states the candidate will
model the influence of such dye-environment interactions on properties of 
photoexcited states, particularly fluorescence spectra and lifetimes.

We offer:

* 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 (ITN), Logic Lab.

* several months secondments at different accademic and industrial places  


* Master/Engineering degree in Physics, Chemistry or Informatics, 
  preferably with majors in theoretical chemistry, theoretical physics, or 
  computational materials modelling. 

* The candidate should have good knowledge and interest in both experimental
  and theoretical work. Interest in the field of photochemistry, 
  photophysics and molecular modelling is required. 
  Knowledge in the field of (bio)chemical sensing, quantum chemistry are 
  great assets. 

* Background in scientific programming and scripting and computing 
  experience under Linux (python, C++, shell-scripting)

* 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 (
  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 Germany
  for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment.

As an equal opportunity employer SciClus is committed to 
increase the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially 
encourages them to apply. 

Planned start date: 1st May 2019, latest 1st September 2019
Applications should be sent to Dr. Martin Presselt 
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