Research Associate - Molecular Modelling of Stimuli Responsive Metal-Organic Frameworks

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the group of Dr Ozgur Yazaydin at the Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London.

The research group of Dr Ozgur Yazaydin at the Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London is looking for a skilled and creative postdoctoral researcher with ample experience in molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations of flexible porous materials. The main purpose of this job is to work on the investigation of external stimuli induced structural changes in metal-organic framework (MOF) materials by using molecular modelling methods. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The post-holder will be expected to produce research publications and present at conferences and other professional meetings. They will collaborate with other members of Dr Yazaydin’s research group, as well as with experimental collaborators. Further details of our research interests can be found at: The post is funded for 2 years in the first instance from 1 March 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further funding to support the post may be available.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in any of the following (or related) fields: Chemical Engineering, Theoretical Chemistry/Physics, Materials Science. They will have a strong track record and a commitment to high-quality research, evidenced by first author papers in high-impact journals and presentations of their work to a broad range of audiences. The candidate is expected to have extensive experience in the molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations of adsorption and diffusion in porous materials (such as MOFs and zeolites), force field development for flexible porous materials, in-silico design of materials, as well as proficiency in computer programming. The post-holder will be required to carry out computational research on the development and application of appropriate methods to predict adsorption, diffusion and structural characteristics of MOFs, as well as design novel stimuli responsive structures.

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Ozgur Yazaydin, , +44(0) 20 7679 3439.

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Application deadline: 25th April 2017


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