[Neutron] PhD Position in Biophysics

Thomas Hauß hauss at helmholtz-berlin.de
Thu Dec 16 10:13:37 CET 2010

The Department of Chemistry, section Physical Biochemistry, Prof. Dr. Norbert A. Dencher, 
of the Technische Universität Darmstadt is inviting applications for a part-time
Doctoral Position
Structure and dynamics of bio-membranes
The research covers the application of neutron scattering techniques for the study of membrane 
structure and dynamics in relevance to energy conversion and diseases, e.g. Alzheimer's dementia.

The research topics may include:
Neutron diffraction of biological membranes for structural determination of biomedical relevant peptides 
and pharmaceutical compounds 
Time-resolved neutron spectroscopy of protein dynamics in the picosecond time domain triggered by 
Development of sample preparation techniques, such as native gel-electrophoresis, HPLC, stopped-flow 
sample environment.

Qualification of the applicant: Highly motivated researcher with Diploma/Master in Chemistry or Physics and 
a strong background in Biochemistry and/of Biophysics. Willingness to work in an international team; 
interest in applying large-scale research instruments like neutron spectrometers.

We offer: 
Close supervision in an interdisciplinary team and stimulating ambience. The successful candidate will be 
employed at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and can acquire a Doctoral degree of the Department of Chemistry. 
The permanent place of work is the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Institute Soft Matter 
and Functional Materials. Apart the research work for graduation, the candidate has to fulfil part-time duties to 
supervise and/or perform experiments for external guest neutron users.

The position ist initially limited to Dec. 31 2012 and an extension is planned. The salary level will be according 
to the Hessen union rate. The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female faculty 
members and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications severely disabled applicants 
will be given preference.
Part-time employment is generally possible.
The position is currently open. For further information please contact: 
Prof. Dr. Norbert A. Dencher, TU-Darmstadt (norbert.dencher at physbiochem.tu-darmstadt.de) 
Dr. Thomas Hauß HZB (hauss at helmholtz-berlin.de Tel.: +49 30806242071)
Please refer to: Seelert H, Dani DN, Dante S, Hauß T, Krause F, Schafer E, Frenzel M, Poetsch A, Rexroth S, 
Schwassmann HJ, Suhai T, Vonck J, Dencher NA: From protons to OXPHOS supercomplexes and Alzheimer's disease: 
structure-dynamics-function relationships of energy-transducing membranes. Biochim Biophys Acta 2009, 1787(6):657-671 and 
J. Pieper, A. Buchsteiner, N.A. Dencher, R.E. Lechner and T. Hauß, Light-induced modulation of protein dynamics during
the photocyle of bacteriorhodopsin. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 85, 590-597(2009) 

Dr. Thomas Hauß                           (Thomas Hauss)

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH           
Lise-Meitner-Campus	Wannsee
Weiche Materie und funktionale Materialien
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1		     
D 14109 Berlin

Tel: +49 (0)30 8062 42071
Fax: +49 (0)30 8062 42999

e-mail: hauss at helmholtz-berlin.de

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