Research Associate in Multiscale Modelling of Polymer Composites

The University of Manchester - School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science

Closing Date: 22/04/2018
Employment Type: Fixed Term
Duration: Available form 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2021
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Science & Engineering
School/Directorate: School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Division: Multiscale Modelling 
Hours Per week: full time
Salary: £31,604 per annum
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference: S&E-11715

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3 year Research Associate to be conducted in the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science in the University of Manchester. This project is a collaborative project supported by a EU Innovation Action involving a large consortium of academic institutions and private sectors and aims at establishing a new European Virtual Marketplace for material modelling. 

The Research Associate position available at Manchester will develop a novel multiscale workflow to model the industrial process of elastomer/filler composites manufacturing and implement it into the virtual materials marketplace VIMMP created by the consortium. The workflow will combine atomistic, mesoscopic and continuum modelling techniques and will be tested and validated against experimental data obtained in the laboratories of Continental. You will work closely with researchers in mesocale and continuum modelling carried out in École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Polytechnic of Turin and with researchers in Électricité de France (EDF) and Continental Tyres. The project requires a strong link between the team developing the methodology and those developing the marketplace where the workflow will be implemented, therefore pre-knowledge in at least one scientific programming language is a requirement. You will also be involved in the knowledge transfer activities with all the industrial stakeholders and will have the opportunity to directly work with several small and large private companies collaborating in developing the marketplace.

  • You should have experience in developing multiscale/mesoscopic (Molecular Dynamics and/or Dissipative Particle Dynamics) models to describe the properties of materials (e.g. interfacial free energy, mechanical properties, viscosity). 
  • Good theoretical background in the physical chemistry of polymeric and/or colloidal 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

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


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

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