Within the framework of the International Graduate School GRK2662 "Charging into the future: understanding the interaction of polyelectrolytes with biosystems", positions for PhD students in the fields of organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry are advertised.
The overarching aim of GRK2662 is to better understand the molecular interactions between polyelectrolytes such as DNA, proteins or heparin with complex biological systems and to develop a quantitative understanding of the underlying binding forces. Key to this is an established partnership between researchers at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), McGill University, Montréal, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada), who share complementary expertise. Research at Freie Universität focuses primarily on fundamental physics and chemistry, whereas the expertise on the Canadian side is more application-oriented and addresses issues with direct pharmaceutical relevance.
The International Research Training Group GRK2662 offers
- PhD positions with a duration of three years,
- a structured scientific training in an international research environment, including participation in a wide range of research-specific and career-development training events,
- integration into an interdisciplinary international research network,
- the opportunity for research stays in the laboratories of the Canadian partner institutions.