PhD Position in Theoretical/Computational Chemistry

open until filled
Biophysical Science, Chemistry, Computational Physics, Computer Science
University of Southern Denmark
Odense, Denmark

Job description:

A fully financed three-year PhD position in theoretical/computational chemistry is available for a highly motivated applicant at the Department of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Southern Denmark starting from 1 January 2012. The position is financed through the Sapere Aude programme under the Danish Council for Independent Research.

The research project will consists of - in roughly equal parts – theory/algorithm development and computational modelling within molecular biophysics. The main focus will be on studying electronic processes in complex and biological environments and the developed methods will rely extensively on quantum mechanical formulations. Of special interest will be models which effectively combine quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics aiming for a realistic description of very large bio-molecules including all physical relevant interactions.

The ideal candidate holds a Master degree or equivalent in theoretical (bio)physics, modelling, chemistry or computational science. The candidate should have knowledge in one of the following programming languages: C/C++, Python or Fortran. Experience in computational chemistry/physics is a prerequisite.

For further information please contact Jacob Kongsted,

Application, salary, etc.:

Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement of 1 October 2008 on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

The university encourages all persons interested in the position to apply, regardless of their age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:

• A letter of motivation including a detailed description of research interests (max. two pages)
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information and list of publications
• Copies of relevant diplomas including list of grades
• Names and e-mail addresses of two references

All applications should be marked: “Job ID 113022”.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be forwarded by e-mail (in Adobe PDF format alternatively Word 2003 or newer format) to

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters. The evaluation of the candidates will continue until the position is filled.

Employment starts: 1 January, 2012
Location: Odense

Mark application Job ID 113022 and send it to:

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