Scientific Project Staff / Doctoral Candidate

Universität Wien
Department of Computational Biological Chemistry
ArbeitsortWien, Wien, Österreich


The University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 174 fields of study, approx. 9.500 members of staff, more than 94.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a

Reference number : 8552

In the context of FWF Project P31024 (Effects of tautomerization on computed binding affinities) there is an open Ph.D. position for the duration of three years available (FWF guidelines apply). Work will be carried out at the Institute of Computational Biological Chemistry. A strong background in physical / theoretical chemistry, as well as familiarity with computers is expected. Prior experience with drug design and / or molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecules is a bonus.

Duration of employment: 3 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement : §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Participation in FWF project P 31024. This requires carrying of molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems, of "alchemical” free energy simulations, and methods development to realize the project goals. Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations. The successful candidate is expected to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.

Professional competencies: The candidate will work in the border area of drug design, statistical thermodynamics and computer simulation. Therefore, a Master´s Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacy or Biology with relevant specialization (e.g., physical/theoretical chemistry, statistical physics, bioinformatics, or similar) is the prerequisite to get started in the planned research area within a reasonable time frame. Excellent command of written and spoken English and German. IT skills: As the candidate is expected to work on the development of simulation methods, he/she is expected to prove (1) solid knowledge in using Linux (or other Unix operating systems) and (2) demonstrable knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g., Fortran, C, C++, but also Python etc.). Ability to work in a team.

Desirable qualifications are (some) experience with programs in the area of computer-aided molecular design, biomolecular simulation and/or quantum chemistry, with programs to visualize molecules and data, as well as experience in the statistical treatment of data. Basic experience in research methods and academic writing. A one to two month visit at a collaborator’s lab abroad, funded by the project, is under consideration. Application documents: Letter of Motivation - including research interests, Academic Curriculum vitae, List of publications, Degree certificates.

Research fields:

Special research fields Importance

Physical chemistry ;Theoretical chemistry SHOULD

Chemical physics;Theoretical physics;Statistical physics SHOULD


Bioinformatics SHOULD


Educational level Special subject Importance

Chemistry Theoretical chemistry MUST


Language level Importance

Excellent knowledge SHOULD Excellent knowledge MUST


Specified computer skills Importance


Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> no later than 30.05.2018, mentioning reference number 8552.

For further information please contact Boresch, Stefan +43-1-4277-52715.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 8552
E-Mail: jobcenter [at] univie[.]ac[.]at

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