Non-Markovian dynamics in biomolecular complexes

In this study, we will model the non-Markovian dynamics of biomolecular aggregates and structured phononic baths employing open quantum system techniques which go beyond the Markov approximation

Start date
1 October 2020
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
Funding information

The studentship fully covers all academic fees with a stipend of £15,285 per annum for UK/EU students

Funding for future years will be subjected to the UKRI increase

About

This theoretical project would run alongside the experimental project to investigate the dynamics of photo-excited fluorophores. The recent discovery of long-lived coherences in complex biological complexes has raised a fundamental question of how the fluctuations (noise) present in the natural biological environment can possibly allow the preservation of quantum coherence. Indeed, it has been suggested that not only the noise fails to produce decoherence, it may even be the case that the fluctuations are a crucial ingredient in the maintenance of the coherence. In this study, we will model the non-Markovian dynamics of biomolecular aggregates and structured phononic baths employing open quantum system techniques which go beyond the Markov approximation, including methods that focus on the reduced molecular system dynamics (master equation/Heisenberg equations perturbation approach, stochastic Schrodinger equation) and methods targeting full system dynamics (path integral Monte Carlo and chain mapping approaches).

Related links
Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre (QB-DTC)

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have a BSc/Masters. This is a theoretical physics research project. The candidate should be a physicist with strong analytical and numerical skills. Previous knowledge of any of path integral techniques, open quantum systems approaches, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics is an advantage, though not a requirement.

UK and EU students only will be funded, overseas students will need to source their own funding

English language requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

How to apply

To apply for this studentship:

  1. Firstly apply for the Quantum Biology PhD.  
  2. During your application, please mention your desire to apply to this studentship in order to be considered.  
  3. When the system asks you to add your ‘Research Project’ please copy and paste the project description of the project you wish to apply for.

Application deadline

Contact details

Marian Florescu
26 ATI 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686813
E-mail: m.florescu@surrey.ac.uk

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