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Research Associate in Computational Chemistry/Biophysics

The University of Manchester - Department of Chemistry

Location: Manchester
Salary: £34,308 to £42,155 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2022
Closes: 6th January 2023
Job Ref: SAE-020768
 

Job reference: SAE-020768
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing date: 06/01/2023
Salary: £34,308 to £42,155 per annum depending on relevant experience
Employment type: Fixed Term
Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering
Division: Department of Chemistry
Hours per week: Full time
Contract Duration: from 1 April 2023 until 31 March 2025
School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

A Research Associate for 2 years, with possible extension of another 2 years, is available through UKRI funding underwriting a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. This position is open to an outstanding and ambitious computational scientist to work in molecular simulation with an eye on considerably speeding up codes written in Fortran.

By its novel architecture the in-house force field FFLUX aims to make a step change in the reliability of modelling of peptides/proteins in aqueous solution. The machine learning method Gaussian Process Regression is used to create knowledgeable quantum atoms that accurately predict energies and multipole moments. FFLUX needs to benefit from fully optimised parallelisation, both OpenMP and MPI, and by porting to GPUs and ultimately Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The post is tenable from 1st April 2023.

Based within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manchester, you will work with Prof Popelier (and his research group) and associated consultant computer scientist Dr Bane. The Department is ranked 3rd in Great Britain and 5th in Europe by the 2021 Nature Index.

You should have a PhD in computer science or in physical sciences but with experience in parallelisation and GPUs, ideally with some experience of FPGAs. Expertise in programming is essential. You should be capable of working by your own initiative while interacting effectively in a research team. Therefore, excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

As this role involves research at a postgraduate level, applicants who are not an EEA national or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department 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. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit: http://www.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/athena-swan/

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

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: Prof Paul Popelier

Email: pla@manchester.ac.uk.

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Email: People.recruitment@manchester.ac.uk

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