PhD position in the field of membrane biophysics

Job title: 
PhD position in the field of membrane biophysics
Contract type: 
Fixed for 4 years
Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Centre For Natural Sciences, H-1117 Magyar tudósok körútja 2., Budapest, Hungary
Position starts: 

September 1., 2018

Due to the Momentum program the position offers additional compensation to reach a competitive salary.

The Biomolecular self-assembly research group is looking for a PhD student to conduct primarily experimental work characterizing biomolecule-lipid interactions using complex, multicomponent model membranes, as well as natural extracellular vesicles. The candidate is expected to study these systems and their membrane associated components by employing several biophysical techniques.

  • The position is offered within the framework of the national Stipendium Hungaricum call for application 2018-2019,
  • Selected candidates are assisted to submit an application to the above call.
  • Applicants are eligible from the following countries:
  • Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kurdistan Regional Government/Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukrain, Vietnam, Yemen
  • Upon successful application, enrollment is provided to a full-time PhD programme for up to 4 years according regulations detailed in the call.
Scientific background: 

RCNS is a new, yet highly competitive research center aiming to be one of the leading institutes in natural sciences. The Centre provides a stimulating environment due to a wide range of researches with a significant number of them conducting BSc, MSc, PhD or Post-Doc programs. The Biological Soft Matter Platform is located at the Institute of Materials Chemistry, where the applicant will have access to a state of the art infrastructure including ATR-IR, UV spectroscopy, polarized light spectrometers, ITC calorimeter, custom made small- and wide angle X-ray (SAXS and WAXS) scattering, AFM, DSC, DLS, and transmission electron microscopy combined with a freeze-fracture device (FF-TEM). The group is closely collaborating with experts of the field from the Institute of Enzymology, and Semmelweis University where access to a wide range of further techniques is granted. The Biological Soft Matter Platform coordinates several major Academy-Industry programs focusing on EVs, exosomes and membrane active biomolecules, where the successful candidate will have the possibility to spend secondments and gain experience in the private sector as well.

Expected experience and skills: 
  • MSc in chemistry, physics, biology or in biomedical sciences
  • Have good communication skills, both oral and written english
Desired experience and skills: 
  • Experience in the above biophysical techniques, as well as liposome preparation and/or purification protocolls employed for extracellular vesicles
  • Experience in structural chemistry and biology, focusing on peptide-lipid, protein-lipid interactions
  • Ability to work in a group, as well as independently


Send application and informal inquiries to: 
The application must contain: 
  • detailed scientific curriculum vitae
  • motivation letter
  • two letters of recommendation, one from the MSc Supervisor
  • contact data (phone, e-mail)

 Applicants should send required documents detailed above to the group leader Tamás Beke-Somfai (

Application deadline: 
Friday, 5 January, 2018
Decision and notification of the applicants: 

Continuous processing, latest January 9., 2018