Research Fellow in Computational Design of Biomimetic Porous Membranes for Clean Water Applications

University College London

Closing date: 28 October 2020

Salary: £35,965 to £43,470 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 7)

A postdoctoral research fellow position is available within the research group of Dr Ozgur Yazaydin at UCL Chemical Engineering Department to work on the computational design and characterisation of biomimetic porous membranes for clean water applications.

The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and aims to apply principles of water transport in biological cell membranes in order to engineer stable, selective and fast water transporting hybrid inorganic-organic porous membranes.

The post holder will be required to characterise water transport properties of the computationally designed membranes by carrying out non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations and contribute to the further development of the Concentration Gradient Driven Molecular Dynamics method (Chemical Science, 2017, 8, 3858-3865) with a view to extend it to liquid phase separations in membranes. Further details of our research interests can be found at

The post is funded for 2 years in the first instance and available starting from September 2020.

The successful candidate must have (or be in the process of submitting) a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science or an associated discipline with a focus on molecular level modelling. Applicants must be able to demonstrate commitment to high-quality research and proven research skills evidenced by first author papers in high-impact journals and presentations of their work to a broad range of audiences. Candidates must have excellent communication and team-working skills and work collaboratively with colleagues to generate high-quality research outputs.

A Post Graduate Researcher can only be appointed at grade 7 if they show proof of PhD. Otherwise they will be appointed at grade 6B spine point 24-26.

An ideal candidate would have experience in molecular simulations of biological molecules (e.g. proteins, peptides) and porous materials (e.g. MOFs, zeolites). Previous experience with non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of transport in membranes (biological, polymeric or crystalline) and scientific code development, and familiarity with PLUMED plugin for molecular dynamics and force field parameterization are highly desirable.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

Please provide a cover letter, current CV with a publication list and the contact details of at least two referees.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Ozgur Yazaydin at

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