Research Associate in Theoretical Molecular Physics: Calculation of Molecular Linelists

University College London - UCL Physics and Astronomy

The project aims to provide data on molecular absorption processes of molecules important for modelling atmospheres of hot super-Earth. The data will be calculated using high level ab initio procedures based on the state-of-the-art electronic structure and variational nuclear motion methods. The results will form a part of the ExoMol database.

A flavour of the project can be obtained from its web pages We are looking for a candidate with a solid research training in the quantum mechanics of small molecules and an interest in applications to astrophysical problems. The candidate will be responsible for performing high accuracy electronic structure and variational nuclear motion calculations on open-shell diatomic and small polyatomc molecules, generating associated transition probabilities, performing programming development as may be required for these calculations.

The post is open from the 1st of April 2018 and funded for 3 years in the first instance. 

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry or a closely related discipline and expertise in relevant subject area with a background in theoretical molecular physics and/or quantum chemistry. Experience in high accuracy electronic structure calculations of open-shell systems as well as nuclear motion variational method of theoretical spectroscopy and program development skills would be an advantage. Knowledge of suitable computer programming techniques FORTRAN and Linux is desirable. Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to analyse and write up data, ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences.  We expect the candidate to be committed for high quality research and to be able working collaboratively and as part of a team.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316-£31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,635 - £41,864 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

UCL vacancy reference: 1707620     

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Khadija Bouzgan, (Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3943) Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Dr Sergey Yurchenko, or to Prof Jonathan Tennyson,

Interview Date: TBC

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