[gmx-users] PhD positions in Leeds-UK

Xavier Periole X.Periole at rug.nl
Fri Dec 19 10:25:02 CET 2008

Here is the information for two PhD positions in Leeds with people
I would definitely recommend.

Sorry for posting this on the users list but it may be of interest to some:

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Centre for Self Organising Molecular Systems
University of Leeds-UK

Two 42-months EPSRC-funded PhD studentships are available
Applications are invited for two 42-month EPSRC-funded PhD studentship
positions in the Self Organising Molecular Systems Centre at the
University of Leeds.

The assembly of proteins into highly ordered structures, known as amyloid,
is a much studied phenomenon because of its implications for human health
and nanoscience. Increasing evidence shows that protein aggregation is
associated with various neurological and systemic diseases including
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. On the other hand, the ability to
control biomolecular assembly into well-ordered nanostructures represents
the essence of modern nanotechnology and applications of peptide building
blocks in biosensors, tissue engineering, and antibacterial agents have 
been demonstrated.

The research projects aims to investigate by computer simulation how the
nucleation of peptides is influenced by external factors, such as impurities 
other molecules that might act as templates, lipid bilayers, or fibrilar 
The complexity of the systems requires a simplifying approach, and statistical 
mechanics and coarse grained modelling are essential. The project is highly
demanding and a good background in statistical physics and computer modelling
is desirable.

One PhD project will be supervised by Dr. Stefan Auer and Prof. Peter Olmsted,
and the other by Dr Stefan Auer and Dr. Emanuele Paci. At Leeds we also 
from collabrations with the experimental groups of Dr. Amalia Aggeli and Prof.
Sheena Radford.

Candidates should be eager to explore research at the interface of physics,
chemistry and biology. Applicants should have or expect to earn a first- or
upper-second-class honours degree, or the equivalent, in a relevant 
The studentship can start from March 2009, and September 2009 at the latest.
There is no official closing date for applications. To apply, please send a
statement of why this project interests you, a brief CV and the full contact
details of two academic referees to: s.auer at leeds.ac.uk

The studentship includes a maintenance grant of about £13,000 per year and
provides payment of tuition fees for UK and EU candidates.

XAvier Periole - PhD

- Molecular Dynamics Group -
Computation and NMR
University of Groningen
The Netherlands

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