Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Reading - Department of Mathematics & Statistics

This PDRA position is open to qualified applicants who will perform computer simulation and/or theoretical studies of structural, dynamic and rheological properties of nanostructured polymeric materials.

Polymeric materials have numerous potential applications in nanotechnology and healthcare, such as in the fields of tissue engineering, drug delivery and regenerative medicine. The performance characteristics of these materials are often crucially dependent on their detailed structure at the nanoscale. The main objective of this project is to establish a microscopic understanding of the structural, dynamic and mechanical properties of various polymeric systems in relation to their compositions and molecular architectures. The interested systems include, but not limited to, self-healable supramolecular polymer networks, polymer-peptide micelles and block copolymer membranes. This project is part of the EPSRC platform grant on Nanostructured Polymeric materials for Healthcare, which is awarded to a strong interdisciplinary research team at the University of Reading.

The successful applicant will join Dr. Zuowei Wang in the Complex Fluids and Theoretical Polymer Physics Group at the University of Reading. The research work will be carried out using a multiscale modelling approach, ranging from atomistic and fine-grained molecular dynamics simulations to more coarse-grained simulation and theoretical models. The particular decision towards more detailed or more coarse-grained approach will depend on the expertise of the successful applicant. There will be extensive opportunities to collaborate with experimental groups at Reading led by Prof. Ian Hamley, Prof. Wayne Hayes and Prof. Howard Colquhoun, and other UK/overseas research groups working in the same fields.

This postdoctoral position is for up to 24 months. The expected starting date is in September, 2017 or thereafter until the position is filled.

The University aspires to be an “Employer of Choice” and recognises that success is not simply determined by a competitive suite of terms and conditions of service, but by fostering a working environment that protects the physical and mental well-being of its staff. Full details of the University's Health and Well-being policy are available from through the HR website. The University supports its staff in many other ways, including its Centre for Staff Training and Development (http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/cstd/), its excellent Nursery facilities (http://www.rusu.co.uk/intheunion/nursery/), its SportsPark (http://www.sport.reading.ac.uk/), its membership of Childcare+ (http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/humanresources/) and its commitment to Work-Life balance and flexible working arrangements, and through the USS pension scheme for academic and related staff.

The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences was awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2010 in recognition of its good employment practices in relation to women working in science, engineering and technology (SET).

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You will have:

  • (or expect to obtain) a PhD degree in one of physics, chemistry, material sciences, engineering, mathematics or other related disciplines;
  • background in polymer and/or soft matter physics;
  • strong programming skills with C/C++ and/or other languages;
  • experience in computer simulations;
  • good publication record in theoretical / computer simulation studies of polymeric or other soft matter materials;
  • ability to work both independently and in a team with enthusiasm and consistency.

Informal contact details
Contact role: Supervisor
Contact name: Dr. Zuowei Wang
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 4618
Contact email: zuowei.wang@reading.ac.uk

Interviews will be held on the 15 September 2017.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.

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