Doctoral Candidate in Algorithms
We are searching a Doctoral Candidate to work in the new Algorithmic Designs for Biomolecular Nanostructures (ALBION) project, lead by Professor Pekka Orponen and funded by Academy of Finland (1.9.2017-31.8.2021).
The area of DNA nanotechnology employs DNA (and very recently also RNA) as generic building material for assembling nanoscale objects with dimensions in the order of 10-100 nanometres. For instance, we recently presented a general technique for rendering almost arbitrary 3D wireframe designs into biomolecules folded from a single long DNA strand, see the news.
The project ALBION develops effective algorithmic methods and novel combinatorial models for this rapidly emerging new area. This work aims for the dual goals of: (a) improving our understanding of the computational characteristics of biomolecular self-assembly, and (b) bridging the gap between biomolecular chemistry and computer science, so that computer science techniques can be used to facilitate the creation of increasingly complex biomolecular structures. The project will specifically focus on: (1) algorithmic designs for 3D DNA origami, (2) combinatorial and algorithmic aspects of RNA nanostructures, (3) kinetic models of biomolecular (especially RNA) folding, (4) protein origami structures.
For further information, see the research group webpage.
The call is part of the joint Doctoral Student call of the Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology, HICT. For more information and the application instruction, go here. The online application form closes July 30, 2017 at midnight Finnish time.