Postdoc/PhD position in MD simulations of biomass dissolution

Dear all:

There is a postdoc/PhD position available in molecular simulation of biomass dissolution in my Molecular Simulations and Transformations group at RWTH Aachen University.

The position is intended to study both the decrystallization of bulk cellulose as well as the decomposition of its components in various solvent media using a combination of techniques, including classical and reactive molecular dynamics as well as Monte Carlo techniques. Possible specific areas of study include: decomposition of lignin, coarse-grained models of cellulose decomposition, simulation of novel electrolytic solvents, and more. As part of the Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass cluster of excellence at RWTH, close collaboration with other experimental and computational groups is expected.

Please note that approximately 15% of the position is expected to be devoted to teaching activities of the research group (that is, roughly 25-30% of one semester each year).

Candidates should have a completed master’s degree in a relevant field, experience with computer modeling and simulation (molecular simulations preferred), good knowledge of English, and the ability to work independently. Creativity, flexibility, and teamwork are also desired.

Start date is as soon as possible; applications will be considered until the position is filled, with a deadline of 30 September 2013. The position is funded according to the TV-L 13 guidelines.

To apply, please send a statement of interests, CV, and list of references to Prof. Ahmed E. Ismail at [email protected]…1817….

Additional information about the research group is available at our website: or by email.



Applications from female candidates is especially desired. When candidates are otherwise equal, preference will be given to female candidates, so long as there is no other mitigating factor.

RWTH Aachen University has been awarded the “Prädikat behindertenfreundlich” for its efforts to train and employ people with disabilities. Applications from suitably qualified people with disabilities are encouraged. This also applies to equal opportunities according to § 2 SGB IX.