Research Associate in Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Polymeric Binders

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Applications are invited for a research associate position (Grade 7) at the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

The successful candidate will set up, run and analyze the results of molecular dynamics (MD) and coarse grain molecular dynamics (CGMD) simulations of viscous polymeric binders such as Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) and Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). The goal is to use MD and CGMD to calculate the bulk and interfacial physical properties of the binders under various conditions and generate constitutive laws for macroscopic models such as the Discrete Element Method (DEM).

The research work will be carried out within the project EPSRC Discrete computational modelling of twin screw granulation (EP/M02959X/1), which concerns the multiscale optimization of continuous Twin Screw Granulation (TSG) both experimentally and through a variety of modelling technique.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, or related field, and be able to demonstrate creativity, intellectual depth, and experience in Molecular Dynamics.

The School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham was ranked third in the UK in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) with 87% of its research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

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