PhD fellowship in Computational Biophysics

Copenhagen University
March 20, 2024
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Niels Bohr Institute Faculty of SCIENCE

University of Copenhagen

We invite applications for a PhD position in computational biophysics. The research aim is to use different computer simulations to understand how the shape of mitochondrial membranes emerges. The project is part of a synergy research project entitled “SEECLEAR – Wood formation in near-real time”, which is financed by Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Start date is (expected to be) first of September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application deadline:

The deadline for applications is 30th, March, 2024, 23:59 GMT +1.

Please include :

  • Motivated letter (max. one page);
  • Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  • Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  • Publication list (if any)
  • Reference letters (if available)
  • Supervisor and contact person:

    Supervisor Weria Pezeshkian

    Principal supervisor Poul Martin Bendix

    Inquiries about the position can be made to supervisor Weria Pezeshkian, Niels Bohr International Academy, Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen, [email protected]

    The project

    Wood constitutes an unlimited resource of renewable biomass indispensable for production of sustainable energy and for supply of high quality materials. Molecular understanding of wood formation would provide a new avenue for designing bio-inspired materials with remarkable strength and rigidity. Wood consists of so called secondary cell walls that encase cells in wood forming plant tissues. A critical step in the wood forming process involves the cessation of primary wall synthesis (a wall structure that surrounds growing cells) and initiation of secondary cell wall synthesis. Here, we seek to elucidate the biomolecular and structural cell wall changes that take place during wood formation. In the theortical phase of the project, we integrate experimental and high resolution simulation data into mesoscopic simulations and aim to understand the biomechanical properties of secondary cell walls.

    Who are we looking for?

    A PhD candidate should have a background in physics, chemistry, biology, bioinformatics, or related fields. It is considered a strength to have knowledge of molecular dynamics simulations, and computer programming.

    The PhD programme

    A three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master's degree.

    Getting into a position on the regular PhD programme

    Qualifications needed for the regular programme To be eligible for the regular PhD program, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master's degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. physics or chemistry . For information of eligibility of completed programs, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

    Terms of employment in the regular programme Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

    Employment is conditional upon your successful enrollment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

    The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

    Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project
  • We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in biophysics
  • Good language skills
  • Application and Assessment Procedure

    Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the above mentioned requirements.

    The further process After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

    The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https: //

    Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in the beginning of May 2024.

    Questions General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School's website: https: // www.

    The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

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