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Biophysics

Biophysics

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06/16/2009

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Adolphe Merkle Institute Université de Fribourg Chemin du Musée 3 (Pérolles) CH-1700 Fribourg

info-ami@unifr.ch www.am-institute.ch Phone +41 26 300 91 16 Fax +41 26 300 97 47

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PhD Student Position in Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysics
A position of a Research Assistant leading to a PhD degree will be available in the area of soft condensed matter and biophysics. We shall study structural and dynamic properties of concentrated protein solutions and mixtures as well as their dominating interaction forces, aggregation phenomena and phase transitions such as liquid-liquid phase separation and crystal and glass formation. Particular emphasis will be given to a special class of proteins, the so-called lens crystallins. The lens proteins are particularly interesting and important as they are ideally suited for an attempt to use well-defined and monodisperse proteins as model systems for colloids as well as because of their biological and medical relevance for cataract formation. Cataract is a gradual clouding of the eye lens, and a leading cause of blindness worldwide. The main techniques used in this project will be optical microscopy, small-angle neutron (SANS) and X-ray (SAXS) as well as static and dynamic (SLS, DLS) light scattering. In addition, the experimental program will be combined with Monte Carlo and Brownian dynamics computer simulations performed at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). The PhD student will have the opportunity to collaborate with a European network of leading institutions and perform some of the experiments in different laboratories and large-scale research facilities. Required qualifications: Above average university degree in biophysics or physical chemistry Salary: The annual salary for the first year is CHF 48'000 Duration: 3 years Starting date: April 2008 or thereafter For more information please contact: Prof. Dr. Peter Schurtenberger Peter.Schurtenberger@unifr.ch www.unifr.ch/physics/mm/ Applicants should send their applications with Curriculum Vitae via e-mail to Mrs. Carine Jungo (Carine.Jungo@unifr.ch), Adolphe Merkle Institute, Secretary Office

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