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Research Fellow in Computational Coupled Electron-nuclear Dynamics

UCL - Chemistry

Location: London
Salary: £35,965 to £43,470 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance, Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd December 2019
Closes: 2nd January 2020
Job Ref: 1846611

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Prof. Graham Worth in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The post is funded through an EPSRC Grant to develop new computational methods for the study of coupled electron-nuclear dynamics in molecules. The work is part of a multidisciplinary team together with the experimental group of Prof. Jon Marangos at Imperial College London, and the theoretical group of Prof. Mike Robb and Mike Bearpark, also at Imperial College London. 

The postholder will focus on the development of accurate quantum dynamics methods. The work has three main parts (i) to develop our direct dynamics method (DD-vMCG) (ii) to develop the recent Quantum-Ehrenfest method (Qu-Eh) (iii) to simulate measurable signals on a range of molecules that will be compared to experiments carried out by our collaborators. 

The appointment is for three years in the first instance, starting as soon as possible. 

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in Theoretical Chemistry, Physics, or similar subject.  A knowledge of quantum mechanics and quantum dynamics simulations, as well as using quantum chemical methods for excited state calculations is required, as well as experience with programming. Experience with HPC and Fortran Programming is highly desirable. They will be expected to work in a highly multidisciplinary collaborative team, and have effective verbal and written communication skills in English. 

Please note, 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 £31,479 to £33,194 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. 

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above. Please include a publication list along with CV. 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Graham Worth (  

Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James –

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23.59. 

Interview Date: TBC. 

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level. 

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

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