Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, International Training Network (ITN) on:
Proton transport and proton-coupled transport (PROTON)
A PhD position is available as of Oct. 1, 2019, at the Department of Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the theoretical investigation of proton transport in biological systems, the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) and/or collagen fibrils. The PhD student will be supervised by Prof. Noam Agmon in the direction of theoretical and computational biophysics.
Background: Proton transport in biological systems is pivotal for the cell bioenergetics, enzyme action, cell homeostasis, cancer mechanisms and more. We plan to apply classical and quantal molecular simulations to generate the required understanding on rates and mechanisms of biological proton transport.
Venue: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the top research university in Israel.
Consortium: PROTON is a consortium of 10 academic groups plus industrial partners in Europe, see
The projected Ph.D. student will participate in PROTON activities (workshops, meetings, 2-3 month visits to two partner groups).
Financials: Three year Ph.D. salary from the ITN (gross monthly salary of about €3000), with a possibility for a 4th year fellowship from the PI if deemed necessary.
Requirements: Applicants for the PhD position are required to have a Masters degree in physics or chemistry with inclination toward theoretical and computational chemistry, awarded no more than 4 years prior to the PROTON recruitment date. They should not already be holding another Ph.D. title. Applicant should not have resided in Israel more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the PROTON recruitment date.
Experience with molecular simulations with publicly available software (such as NAMD, CPTK, DFTB, Gaussian) as well as basic programming skills (such as Fortran, C++, Python, Mathematica), familiarity with graphical packages (e.g., GaussView, VMD, Origin, IgorPro), word-processing applications (Word, LaTeX), and operating systems (Linux, Windows) would be highly beneficial. Good English speaking/writing abilities mandatory. Good presentation skills expected. Previous publications are highly appreciated.
Recruitment process: To apply for the position, or to obtain further information, please contact Prof. Noam Agmon through email at [log in to unmask] The application should include a CV, list of publications (if applies), at least two reference letters, transcripts of grades from BSc. and MSc. studies, and a brief statement on why you are a good candidate for the position. Kindly send a copy of the material to [log in to unmask] The highest scoring candidates will be invited for an interview with a recruitment committee.
For all of the above, knowledge is proven by publications, certificates, master thesis or equivalent documentation. Skills should be acknowledged in reference letters and demonstrated during the interview (presentation skills). During the interview each applicant will presents his/her master thesis and a scientific paper from an area unrelated to his/her specialization (chosen by the interviewers).
Women are encouraged to apply. The recruitment committee gives preference to female candidates if they are equally qualified as male candidates.
Prof. Noam Agmon, [log in to unmask]
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=vxkukCkAAAAJ&hl=e
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