Phd Student - Energy Coupling In Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer And Related Reactions

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November 30, 2023
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20 Oct 2023

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J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, v. v. i.

Research Field

Chemistry » Computational chemistry

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)


Czech Republic

Application Deadline

30 Nov 2023 - 23:00 (Europe/Prague)

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Not funded by an EU programme

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Offer Description

We are looking for Ph.D. student to join the research team led by Dr. Martin Srnec at J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry in Prague:

PhD program:

P0531D130043 - Modeling of Chemical Properties of Nano- and Biostructures (at the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague)


Energy coupling in proton-coupled electron transfer and related reactions

Starting from: the spring semester (March 1st) 2024

PhD research performed at:

J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague


RNDr. Martin Srnec, [email protected]

Annotatio n: The coupling of spontaneous and nonspontaneous reactions drives metabolic pathways in cells, and one such type of coupling has only relatively recently been described in some protein complexes. This is called electron bifurcation, where an electron is pumped into an energetically disadvantageous pathway by another electron that takes an energetically advantageous pathway. The mechanism of electron bifurcation remains unresolved, although various models exist. Moreover, it is speculated in the literature that the entire bifurcation transfer of two electrons is realized with the help of proton transfers and in this sense the planned research direction could follow the generalization of the concept of the off-diagonal thermodynamics and its effect on kinetics, developed in the group of Dr. Srnec. To this end, we will use an arsenal of quantum chemical methods applied to structural modular models, focusing in particular on electron bifurcations to see if they open the way to the design of artificial systems capable of energy conversion and storage.

Requirements: The applicant should have knowledge corresponding to a master's degree in (physical) chemistry or (chemical) physics.

Deadline for submission to Dr. Martin Srnec: If you are interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected] before November 30th . Please write in the subject line of your email SC202329.

Deadline for application for study: December 15th 2023 (https: // www.

Benefits - 25 days paid leave of absence (holidays) per year + 3 days of paid sick leave in addition to the statutory insurance - Flexible working time, the possibility of part-time work, work-life balance - Lunch vouchers - Subsidy for sports and cultural activities - Recreation subsidy, recreation subsidy for children - Possibility of attending children groups of the CAS - Possibility to use discounts in recreation centers of the CAS - Sports goods rental, free parking, trade union library - Language courses - Attractive location - Health and social insurance paid mandatory by the institute

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Master Degree or equivalent
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J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, v. v. i.


Czech Republic


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Czech Republic


Prague 8




Dolejškova 2155/3

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182 23


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