Open Positions

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Ph.D. and Postdoc positions

Several positions for Ph.Ds and postdocs are available at the Institute for Computational Physics in the area of Computational and Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics.

The positions are in the group of Christian Holm. In particular we look for applicants in the field of

Simulations and theoretical work in the area of Soft Matter Systems. This could be Nucleation, Ferrofluids, Hydrogels, as well as Polymers or Biomolecules.

Common to all applicants should be a strong background in statistical physics and to MD or MC simulational strategies, and knowledge of basic soft matter background (polymers, colloids) or knowledge in atomistic modelling (biomolecules, proteins). The simulations will be performed using the software package ESPResSo, GROMACS, or self-written codes. We also do other code developments.

There will be ample opportunity to interact with other researchers at Stuttgart, the Max Planck Institute for Metalphysics, the Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung (MPI-P) in Mainz, and the University of Stuttgart.

All position are initially for one year, renewable upon mutual agreement. Candidates should have the relevant background in a quantitative discipline (see above) and a keen interest in several of the lab's research areas. Applicants should submit:

  • resume (including date of birth, grades, awards, publications),
  • statement of research interests (up to 2 pages),
  • names and email addresses of 2-3 references
  • links to their thesis and/or publications

Positions will remain open until filled. Please send applications via email to, or if you are located in Stuttgart, simply drop by our Institute.

Diploma students

Additionally, we offer various oportunities for diploma students in the areas outlined above. Specifically, we currently offer the following position:

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