Two postdoctoral positions in Computational Biophysics of Protein-Membrane Interactions

Department of Biology, UNIFR

Fribourg, Switzerland

One ERC- and one SNSF-funded postdoctoral positions are immediately available in the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

The projects will focus on the molecular and structural understanding of two fascinating protein-membrane systems (membrane contact sites and TORC2) by means of multi-scale molecular simulations and advanced computational and statistical approaches.

The TORC2 project will be carried out in collaboration with the labs of Aurelien Roux and Robbie Loewith (University of Geneva) and Ruben Fernandez-Busnadiego (University of Göttingen), in the context of a SINERGIA grant. The membrane contact sites project will be carried out in combination with the labs of Anne-Claude Gavin (University of Geneva) and Ruben Fernandez-Busnadiego (University of Göttingen).

Please check our group website (http://www3.unifr.ch/bio/en/research/bioinformatics/vanni.html) for more information.


What we offer

We offer a stimulating, friendly and interdisciplinary work environment, with excellent working conditions (salary, resources, social-benefits, surroundings, …) and path-breaking research projects. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to interact extensively and directly with outstanding labs in the fields of cell biology, mass spectrometry, membrane biophysics and electron tomography.

The Postdoctoral positions are fully funded for 4 years. In addition, the postdoc will have the possibility to apply to prestigious and generous fellowships from the SNF to start an independent career after completion of their postdoctoral fellowship (http://www.snf.ch/en/funding/careers/ambizione/Pages/default.aspx ).

 

Initial gross annual salary for Postdocs will be 65,000 CHF (~ 65,000 $).


Applicant

We are looking for highly motivated, team-oriented independent scientists.

The applicant should have a strong PhD in physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, engineering or a related research field. The applicant should have a background in molecular dynamics simulations or computational chemistry, preferably in relation to protein simulations. Previous experience in simulations of lipid membranes or surfactants and Langmuir interfaces is a plus. The applicant should have a track-record of individual and team accomplishments, and he must be able to work independently and possibly supervise PhD students.

In general, any previous specific knowledge is less important than strong motivation, enthusiasm for scientific research and problem-solving skills.

Please send your application, including short cover letter (explaining background and motivation) and a complete CV via e-mail to: stefano.vanni “at” unifr.ch. The positions will remain open until filled.


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Two postdoctoral positions in Computational Biophysics of Protein-Membrane Interactions