Research Associate in Computational Modelling of Materials

University of Cambridge - Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on Computational Modelling of Materials, including structure searching and anharmonic vibrations. This is an EPSRC funded position in the Theory of Condensed Matter group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. The role will be managed by Prof Richard Needs whose work involves research into Computational Modelling of Materials.

The role holder will perform research on electronic and vibrational properties of materials using density functional theory (DFT) methods.  The research will include a wide range of materials-based projects including work using DFT-based methods for anharmonic vibrational methods, ab initio random structure searching, and other applications of DFT methods. The projects will involve code development.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in physics or a closely-related subject; substantial experience in performing electronic structure calculations using the CASTEP plane-wave density functional theory code or a similar code; experience in giving talks at scientific conferences and meetings; the ability to continually update their knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development; good interpersonal and communications skills; a proven track record in research relevant to the main topics of the work as outlined above, demonstrated through a strong publication record in major international journals.

The post holder will be located in the Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, Cambridge, UK.

Interviews will be held with selected candidates as soon as possible after the closing date.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the Mott Hub administrators at For questions about the scientific environment and research, please contact Professor Richard Needs (email:

Please quote reference KA13978 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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