Research Fellow

University of Southampton - Engineering Mats & Surface Engineerg Gp

Fixed-term for 18 months due to funding restrictions.

You will join the University of Southampton to work on Density-Functional-Theory (DFT) based modelling of perovskites and their interfaces in electrochemical environments as a member of the Kramer Group (

The position provides opportunity to employ state-of-the art electronic structure theory embedded in thermodynamic and kinetic frameworks to rationally design perovskites and their interfaces for applications in batteries and fuel cells. To be successful you will have a strong interest in predicting phase stability (e.g. by constructing phase diagrams) and electrocatalytic properties (e.g. by establishing descriptors) of multi-component complex oxides from First Principles. You will demonstrate a good understanding of the electronic structure of complex and correlated oxides, a good background in Electrochemistry, Materials, and/or Surface Science as well as proficiency in the application of DFT within a high-performance computing environment, ideally linked to high-throughput workflows.

This position will provide unique opportunities to build networks via engagement with several national research initiatives including the JUICED HUB [Joint University Industry Consortium for Energy (Materials) and Devices Hub] and the Faraday Institution. Further, you will enjoy collaborating with several experimental groups within the University of Southampton to test predictions and feed into high-throughput as well as nano-scale synthesis and characterisation programs.

Candidates should have excellent team-working and communication skills, enjoy a challenge, and thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. A commitment to work with colleagues in other fields and institutes is a pre-requisite. Experience in battery and fuel cell research, experimental and/or theoretical, is also desirable.

About the University

The University of Southampton, located at the south coast of the United Kingdom, is a member of the Russel Group, comprising the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities, and is an institution in the top one per cent of world universities.* We have an international reputation for research, teaching, and enterprise.

The successful candidate will benefit from the Universities exceptionally strong High-Performance Computing infrastructure. Iridis 5, the latest generation of the Universities HPC platform is a new petaflop machine that was recently submitted to the Top-500 list of global supercomputers.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Matt Saxby (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3462. Please quote reference 976018BX on all correspondence.

For additional information before submitting your application, contact Dr Denis Kramer (

*QS World University Rankings 2012-13

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Please note: The University will be closed from close of business on Thursday 29th March 2018 to Thursday 5th April 2018, so we will not be able to assist you with any application queries during this time.

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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