Research Fellow in Functional Materials Design- Informatics and Cognitive Computing

University of Liverpool - School of Physical Sciences

A Research Fellow/Theme Leader position is available within the £10 M Centre for Functional Materials Design funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The post will act as a theme leader in the area of informatics and cognitive computing, with the long-term aim of developing an artificially intelligent 'research advisor' for functional materials discovery.

You will pro-actively progress this research theme, using your own initiative and knowledge and through discussion with the Centre Director, Professor Cooper, and the broader community of researchers in the Centre. You will be expected to perform research at internationally leading level and to ensure that other researchers within the theme (particularly PhD students) are working in an optimal way and communicating across boundaries. This is not a standard research project, but rather a 10-year research centre with the ambitious aim of fundamentally transforming our capability to discover new functional materials.

This post will suit an ambitious scientist motivated to produce step-change advances in new organic materials. You should have a PhD in Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or a related discipline, with a commitment to developing collaborative research within or across the academic networks, external partners and stakeholder groups. Knowledge of chemoinformatics and, particularly, crystallographic datasets would be an advantage, although we would also consider applicants from other disciplines - for example, with relevant expertise in scientific data mining or text mining.

The level of research performed and the experience offered in engaging with senior UK and international partners will make these posts highly suitable for a transition to an independent academic career. It is important to note that these roles have a broad scope and that many skills sets could be relevant. We are seeking to recruit a team that will allow the centre to succeed, rather than to fill a narrow list of technical requirements. Your application should therefore set out how your skills, experience and capabilities will contribute to the success of the centre at all levels. The post is available until 31 October 2022.

Job Ref: 008201                                                                      

Closing Date: 9 October 2017 

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