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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Software Development

University of Lincoln - School of Mathematics and Physics

Location: Lincoln
Salary: From £34,304 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd June 2022
Closes: 18th July 2022
Job Ref: COS894
 

Location:  Lincoln

Please note this post is fixed term for 36 months and full time at 1.0 FTE

Interview Date: Thursday 04 August 2022

The Centre for Computational Physics at the University of Lincoln has a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher and software developer in the field of quantum methods of materials science to work on the open-source CP2K software. The post is for 3 years and is a part of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funded project “CP2K For Emerging Architectures And Machine Learning”, EP/W030489/1. You will work with the project lead Dr Matt Watkins, as well as co-Investigators at Universities of Cambridge, York, Nottingham, Edinburgh and University College London as well as the wider CP2K community worldwide. 

CP2K ( https://www.cp2k.org/ ) is a highly efficient and parallelizable open-source atomistic simulation tool able to calculate the energies, forces, and many properties of large collections of atoms at a variety of levels of theory. This makes it a prime candidate for usage in novel machine learning and other data driven areas of research (as well as more traditional materials science work). CP2K is consistently in the top three most used codes on UK national supercomputers (and with a large international user base), is well engineered and is widely used in procurement of HPC resources.  

Currently, we are experiencing a change in basic assumptions in the materials modelling community as machine learning (ML) and data driven approaches transform how we approach scientific problems. The work in this project will help the usability and expose the wide functionality of CP2K to enable scientific creativity in these developing areas. The project offers an opportunity for both technical development and community engagement as part of an international scientific project. 

You will join a friendly community at an expanding research Centre for Computational Physics, which focuses on the development and application of computational methods to system modelling, materials design and foundations of physics and astrophysics. We are a part of the fast-rising University of Lincoln located at the heart of the historic city of Lincoln. 

Please send enquiries about the project to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Matt Watkins: MWatkins@lincoln.ac.uk. 

You should hold a PhD in a relevant area of Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Mathematics (or a thesis submitted by the start date of the position) or have an equivalent track record in scientific software development. 

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