[20110131] PhD Studentship, Göttingen, Germany

One PhD-position within the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group "High-pressure methodologies to discover novel physical forms and promote structural variation amongst biological and pharmaceutical materials" (Dr. Francesca P. A. Fabbiani).

One DFG-funded PhD position is available at the Department of Crystallography, Georg-August-University Göttingen to further develop in situ high-pressure crystallisation techniques for physical form discovery of pharmaceuticals and biologically-relevant materials. The high-pressure work will be primarily carried out using a diamond-anvil cell. The successful candidate will gain expertise in a number of methods such as single-crystal X-ray diffraction (principal technique), optical microscopy and high-pressure calorimetry. Detailed structure analysis will complement the experimental work to gain a deeper understanding of solid-state polymorphism.

The applicant should have a university degree (Masters, German Diploma or equivalent) in Chemistry, Crystallography, Materials Science or a related field. Specific experience with single-crystal X-ray diffraction
and/or molecular structure analysis is highly desirable. The working language in the group is English. Knowledge of the German language may be helpful for daily life, but is not essential.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. Francesca P. A. Fabbiani. The position is available for three years and the salary is defined according to the German E13 TV-L scale (67%). Applications including a
CV, a statement of research interests, copy of degree certificates and the name/address of two referees should be sent as a single PDF document by E-Mail to Dr. Francesca P. A. Fabbiani, ffabbia@gwdg.de, Telefon +49 551 39-3935. Review of applications will start on 2010 December 15 and continue until the position is filled.

We explicitly welcome applications from abroad.

The Georg-August-University Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for female scientists and scholars. Qualified women are therefore strongly
encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude for the position will be favoured.