Research Associate in Modelling of Complex Fluids

The University of Manchester - Multiscale Modelling

Closing Date : 04/11/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 2 years
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Division : Catalysis and Porous Materials
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum according to experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10787

Applications are invited for a fully funded 2 year postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) to be conducted in the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science in the University of Manchester.  This project is a large collaborative project involving the University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, the UK’s neutron facility (ISIS) and Unilever and aims to develop an understanding of non-Newtonian fluids used in formulated home and personal care products.  By combining computational, theoretical and experimental methods, the project will obtain an understanding of the relationship between the process history of the materials and their structure-property relationships.

The PDRA position available at Manchester will be to develop multiscale models for surfactant solutions to establish relationships between the fluid morphology and its viscosity as a function of composition, stress and temperature. In addition, you will work closely with researchers in theoretical modelling carried out in the University of Cambridge and with researchers in neutron/X-ray scattering and process analytics performed in Manchester and Unilever.

  • You should have experience in developing multiscale/mesoscopic (Molecular Dynamics and/or Dissipative Particle Dynamics) models to describe the properties of materials (e.g. viscosity and/or free energy). 
  • Good theoretical background in the physical chemistry of colloidal and/or polymeric systems is also required.
  • Proficiency in one scientific programming language (Fortran, python, C++, etc.) and ability to translate theoretical concepts into algorithms is also required
  • It is also desirable that you have expertise in one or more of the following: (i) complex /non-Newtonian liquids; (ii) structure-property relationships, (iii) multiscale modelling, (iv) statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. 
  • Candidates who have experience of working in a multidisciplinary project and working with industry will be particularly welcome.

You should already hold or be nearing completion of a Ph.D./D.Phil. in an area relevant to the position requirements. 

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Paola Carbone



Name: Professor Andrew Masters


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01618502004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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