Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Membrane-Forming Fatty Alcohol Systems
Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France
The MCube team at the Charles Sadron Institute (ICS), a laboratory from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the University of Strasbourg (Unistra), Strasbourg, France, is offering a 18 months postdoctoral research position, funded by a private industrial partner.
The MCube team is a research and teaching group with recognized expertise in self-assembled soft-matter systems. Charles Sadron Institute is a top-level French Institute dedicated to the study of complex macromolecular and self-assembling systems.
The goal of this research project is to set up and perform molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of aqueous solutions of fatty alcohol – surfactant mixtures with a propensity to self-assemble as lamellar mesophases. Starting from an already existing atomistic level description of the system of interest, a coarse-grained model will be proposed, which will then be simulated on large scale to get some insight on the associated thermal and rheological properties. Numerical simulations will be preferentially based on the free public domain MD Lammps. The researcher will have access to the computing resources of a center for High Performance Computing.
The project is scheduled to start before the end of year 2018. Salary and social benefits will be granted according to the national CNRS salary grid.
Applicants are expected to have a strong experience with classical molecular dynamics simulations of complex soft-matter systems (polymers, membranes, biomolecules…), good programming and scripting skills, as well as a good understanding of the physical chemistry of self-assembly.
Applications should be sent by e-mail to:
Dr Fabrice Thalmann, email@example.com
Dr Carlos Marques, firstname.lastname@example.org