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Position: Research Fellow in Computational Physics/Chemistry
Institution: University College London
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: A postdoctoral research position is available in the research group of Professor Jochen Blumberger at University College London, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Requirements: Eligible candidates have a PhD in computational physics/chemistry or related disciplines. Highly motivated individuals who have a strong background in computer code development (fortran, C++, or python) or the quantitative modelling of organic materials are encouraged to apply. Strong interest in the simulation of charge or exciton transport phenomena in organic and biological materials is essential. Good knowledge in molecular quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and molecular simulation methods is expected. First-hand experience with non-adiabatic molecular dynamics simulation techniques (e.g. fewest switches surface hopping or Ehrenfest) is an advantage but not required
   
Text: Research Fellow in Computational Physics/Chemistry, - Ref:1872521 Click here to go back to search results Apply Now UCL Department / Division Physics and Astronomy Location of position London Grade 7 Hours Full Time Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £36,028 - £43,533 per annum Duties and Responsibilities A postdoctoral research position is available in the research group of Professor Jochen Blumberger at University College London, Department of Physics and Astronomy. The position is funded by the ERC grant SOFTCHARGE: Charge carrier transport in Soft Matter: From Fundamentals to High Performance Materials. Our group has recently developed an efficient non-adiabatic molecular dynamics method that has allowed us to gain unprecedented insight in the Nature of charge carriers and the transport mechanism in organic semiconductors (Nature Comm 10, 3843 (2019)). In the current project we would like to improve and extend our methodology and apply it to challenging problems in organic semiconductor research. The work can focus on any of the following topics: Machine Learning of tight-binding electronic Hamiltonians Development of fast estimators for excited state electronic couplings Development of polarizable force fields, e.g. ACKS2 Design of new high mobility materials through conformational locking Impact of vacancies, line defects and grain boundaries on charge propagation in organic crystals The start date is flexible but should be no later than 1. April 2021. The post is for 1 year in the first instance. Key Requirements Eligible candidates have a PhD in computational physics/chemistry or related disciplines. Highly motivated individuals who have a strong background in computer code development (fortran, C++, or python) or the quantitative modelling of organic materials are encouraged to apply. Strong interest in the simulation of charge or exciton transport phenomena in organic and biological materials is essential. Good knowledge in molecular quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and molecular simulation methods is expected. First-hand experience with non-adiabatic molecular dynamics simulation techniques (e.g. fewest switches surface hopping or Ehrenfest) is an advantage but not required. 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 £31,542.-£33,257. per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. Further Details Candidates will need to upload (i) a motivation statement (500 words max) briefly describing main research achievements to date and future research plans (ii) a CV (2 pages max), (iii) a full list of publications (no page limit), and (iv) the names, contact details and email addresses of two referees. A cover letter can be included using the Statement in Support of your Application section of the online form. To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below. If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Jim Levin, james.levin@ucl.ac.uk Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Prof Jochen Blumberger, j.blumberger@ucl.ac.uk UCL Taking Action for Equality Closing Date 20 Nov 2020 Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59 Interview date TBC Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality. This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff. Please use these links to find out more about UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job. Job Description and Person Specification Apply Now
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