PhD position in biophysics/soft matter

Theoretical Biophysics and Soft Matter Group at the Department of Theoretical Physics, Jožef Stefan Institute, is announcing a PhD position, awarded by Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana.

The PhD candidate will work in the field of RNA structure and folding, with a focus on classification and characterization of local and global RNA structure and on prediction and detection of conserved RNA structural elements in biological context. The work will be theoretical (physics of polyelectrolytes, graph topology, … ) and numerical (folding algorithms, machine learning, … ). The detailed topic design depends on the interests of the candidate. Part of the research will be performed in collaboration with researchers from abroad.

The PhD position is a full-time employment of 4 years and is funded by Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) under the Young Researcher scheme, and starts in autumn 2021. It includes a monthly salary as well as a travel fund for summer schools, workshops, and research visits. The work will be done under supervision of dr. Anže Božič, and the PhD candidate will be fully integrated in the Theoretical biophysics and soft matter group and will benefit from a dynamic work environment with regular events.

The applicant must obtain a Master’s degree or equivalent by the start of the appointment. The candidates are required to submit

  • Motivation letter, including clearly stated topics of interest and prior experience,
  • CV with degree certificates,
  • Two references for letters of recommendation.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and interviewed. The application should be submitted by July 1st 2021. Submission and additional information: