Research Associate in Theory and Simulation of Materials

Two postdoctoral positions are available in Angelos Michaelides’ ICE research group (www.ucl.ac.uk/ice) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Thomas Young Centre at University College London.

The projects are aimed at applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice, with a specific focus on establishing what makes a material good or bad at nucleating ice. The projects are part of the “HeteroIce” ERC project and build on recent work in the group (e.g. Science 355, 367 (2017); J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139, 6403 (2017)).

Ice formation is one of the most common phase transitions on Earth. It is relevant to an enormous variety of phenomena such as weathering, cloud formation, airline safety, and energy. The results from this project will help to better understand each of these phenomena.

The successful candidates will have plenty of opportunities to work closely with team members and for international travel to conferences and to collaborators.

This position is funded for 1 year in the first instance.

The successful candidates will have or be about to obtain a PhD in in Physics, Chemistry, Materials or a related discipline that involved theoretical studies of complex materials or interfaces. They will also have an understanding of the state of the art in materials simulation as well as experience of quantum mechanical calculations. Hands on skills and experience in first principles and/or molecular dynamics simulations of surfaces and interfaces is needed as well as experience with free energy sampling methods. A proven ability for creative and original research, as demonstrated via scientific publications, is also required. Computer programming and HPC experience on a variety of computerarchitectures is also highly desirable.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £29,809-£31,432 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact James Gane, james.gane@ucl.ac.uk Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Angelos Michaelides, angelos.michaelides@ucl.ac.uk (Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0647).

For more information on the Michaelides research group see www.ucl.ac.uk/ice and the Thomas Young Centre see www.thomasyoungcentre.org.

Application submission deadline is 23:59 on 28 August 2017.  Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click here.

Interview Date: TBC

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