Research Associate in Small Molecule Migration in Complex Matrices

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science - Department of Physics and Astronomy

This post is fixed-term with a start date of 30 June 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter and an end date of 29 June 2021.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to work on a computational project in the area of small molecule migration in complex matrices. The opportunity arises following the award of a grant to Dr Buddha Chakrabarti (funded by Mondelez International PLC and is part of the EPSRC grant EP/P007864/1 which seeks to understand migration mechanism of small molecules in complex mixtures (e.g polymer solutions, gels, etc.) with an interface that is either buried in bulk or exposed to the atmosphere with particular focus on flavour migration through gum that is the core of Mondelez’s interests.

You will be based in the Theory Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield ( and will interact with the Polymer Physics group and other soft matter groups in Sheffield. You will work closely with students and postdocs at Sheffield, Durham and Birmingham to develop quantitative migration models, and participate in monthly meetings to disseminate the results of your research to other academic and industrial partners. The post will involve travel to relevant academic and industrial partner institutions.

You will have a PhD in physics/chemistry/computational chemistry/chemical engineering or a related discipline (or equivalent experience) with research focus on theoretical soft matter physics, with a strong track-record in coarse-grained numerical simulations including Langevin Dynamics/Molecular Dynamics/Monte Carlo methods for soft matter systems in particular polymers, and polymeric gels. You will have experience of designing and managing research, and the ability to plan and schedule activities, and evaluate resource implications.

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