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Research Fellow in Computational Materials Science

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th February 2024
Closes: 6th March 2024
Job Ref: 103256

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract up to April 2026

Closes: 6th March 2024 

Background

A full-time 2-year postdoctoral position is available in the Computational Carbon Chemistry group of Prof. Ganna (Anya) Gryn’ova to work on the ERC Starting Grant “PATTERNCHEM: Shape and Topology as Descriptors of Chemical and Physical Properties in Functional Organic Materials”. Tentative starting date for this position is April 2024 (negotiable).

Functional, topologically complex organic molecules are rising stars in modern materials science due to their biocompatibility, structural variability, and wealth of physico-chemical properties. In PATTERNCHEM, several families of functional organic materials – graphenes, covalent-organic frameworks, and hyperbranched polymers – are investigated through a combination of high-level quantum chemistry, multiscale materials simulations, and interpretable machine learning.

Brief JD

  • Perform high-level, high-throughput, and multiscale simulations of functional organic materials, including graphene derivatives, covalent organic frameworks, and hyperbranched polymers;
  • Implement these methods into automated computational workflows;
  • Generate databases of structures and computed properties of the functional organic materials;
  • Design, perform, and critically interpret computational studies that achieve the project goals in a way that is consistent with the requirements for publication of high quality research;
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding, and contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods;
  • Collect, analyse, interpret, and store research data as required for publication and open-data requirements in line with the funders expectations;
  • Prepare draft academic publications, or parts thereof, and contribute to other writing that can include bids for research funding, review articles, and public engagement literature;
  • Present and disseminate research outputs effectively in internal reports, presentations (group meetings internal seminars, conferences), posters, and other media;
  • Work effectively with potential collaborators;
  • Supervise students on research related to the project and provide guidance to PhD and Master’s students;
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Promote equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person spec

  • Candidates must have a PhD (or one near to completion) in Chemistry, physics, materials science, or a related discipline
  • Expertise in theoretical/computational chemistry/materials science and numerical simulations is essential.
  • Expertise in high-throughput and multiscale simulations, automated computational workflows, data science, as well as programming are desirable.
  • Ability to plan and organise the research programme.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly.
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively.
  • Work effectively in a research team, including collaborative research.
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly. 

Informal enquires can be made to Prof. Ganna (Anya) Gryn’ova, email: g.grynova@bham.ac.uk

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the above ‘Apply’ button.

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