As part of the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Network PhotoCaM (Photosynthetic Antennas in a Computational Microscope), we offer a PhD position in the area of photophysics / excited-states of light harvesting complexes using multiscale methods. The PhD study is jointly supervised by the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and FACCTs GmbH.

Who is FACCTs?
FACCTs is a young growing technology start-up with first-class contacts to industry and academia. We are a spin-off from the Max Planck Society, where ORCA – our flagship program – is developed. ORCA is combining speed & accuracy in quantum chemical calculations. With more than 50.000 academic users it is, although the youngest, already the second most popular program amongst its competitors.

Who are you?

  • You hold a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry, (Bio)Physics, Biochemistry, or related.

  • You have training in computational chemistry.

  • You have worked with multiscale techniques or excited states.

  • You have good English language and communication skills.

  • You must not have resided in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (2021-2023).

What would you do?

  • Apply cutting-edge multiscale methods to simulate the photophysics of light harvesting.

  • Evaluate newly developed methods in the description of excited states in photosynthesis.

  • Investigate dynamic effects of the light harvesting process.

  • Publish in academic journals, scientific conferences, and meetings within the doctoral network.

Where would you work?
FACCTs is located in Cologne and the Max Planck Institute for Coal research is located in Mülheim (Ruhr), both in Germany. You will work flexibly between the two locations, hosted at the MPI in Mülheim within the groups of Dr. Dimitrios Pantazis and Prof. Frank Neese.

As part of the PhD program, you will be able to spend up to 9 months in other groups of the Doctoral Network within the EU.

Are you interested?
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