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PhD studentship in Computational Chemistry/Physics, University College London, Department of Physics and Astronomy

A PhD studentship is available under the supervision of Prof Jochen Blumberger at the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Laboratory, University College London, UK. The project involves the development and application of first principles molecular dynamics simulation of electron transfer across solid/liquid interfaces. Such reactions are at the heart of pressing societal and environmental issues, e.g. artificial photosynthesis and solar fuel production. In the project we will adopt and further develop a dedicated density functional theory based method to compute the parameters governing the thermodynamics, kinetics and mechanism of interfacial redox processes underpinning the rational design of improved electrode materials for energy applications

Highly motivated students from Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science Departments are strongly encouraged to apply for this post. Due to funding restrictions only UK or EU citizen are eligible to apply. The candidate should have, or be about to receive, an honours degree (at least II.1 or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry or a related subject. Good knowledge in quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics is expected and interest in writing computer code and shell scripts is an advantage. Some experience with molecular simulation is desirable, but not essential. The studentship will cover all university fees and includes funds for maintenance at the standard EPSRC rate. The studentship will start 1. October 2018.

Applications should include (i) a motivation statement (250 words max) briefly describing
any previous research projects you worked on and why you would like to apply for this post
(ii) a CV (2 pages max) including publications (if any) (iii) transcripts of undergraduate
(Bachelor) and graduate (Master) studies (iv) names, contact details and email addresses
of 2 referees. Please send these four application documents as a single zip file to Jochen
Blumberger, j.blumberger@ucl.ac.uk specifying in the subject line “PhD application”. Candidates
are advised to apply as early as possible as the selection process will commence immediately
and continue until a suitable applicant is found. All applications received until
31. December 2017 will be considered.

Interested candidates may want to take a look at recent group publications in the field, listed on the group website http://www.blumberger.net.  Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Jochen Blumberger, j.blumberger@ucl.ac.uk. If you have any administrative queries regarding the application process, please contact James Gane, james.gane@ucl.ac.uk


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Chemistry/Physics, University College London, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Two postdoctoral research positions are available in the research group of Professor Jochen Blumberger at University College London, Department of Physics and Astronomy. The positions are funded by the ERC grant “SOFTCHARGE: Charge carrier transport in Soft Matter: From Fundamentals to High Performance Materials”, which aims at a fundamental understanding of the nature and transport mechanism of charge and excitation energy carriers in organic materials using novel non-adiabatic molecular simulation approaches. In the project you will add new functionalities to our recently developed non-adiabatic molecular dynamics code (J Chem Phys 145, 64102, 2016) and/or investigate structure-function relationships in organic materials. Work may be carried out on one or several of the following topics:

(i) development of non-adiabatic molecular dynamics frameworks beyond surface hopping     including incorporation of nuclear quantum effects
(ii) extension of current implementation to enable simulation of exciton transport and dissociation
(iii) machine learning of excited state energies and gradients
(iv) prediction/building of structural models for crystalline and amorphous organic materials       (v) establishing structure-charge mobility relationships for 2D and 3D organic materials (crystals, thin films, organic interfaces).

Access to high performance computing facilities will be provided.

The positions can be taken up from 1 February 2018, the start date should be no later than 1. October 2018. This project is funded by ERC for 1 year in the first instance, with the option to extend for another 2 years (3 years in total).

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 similar) or in the structure prediction and modelling of organic materials are especially encouraged to apply for this post. Strong interest in the simulation of charge/excitation energy 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 advanced molecular dynamics simulation techniques (e.g. Ehrenfest, surface hopping, exact factorization or path integrals) is an advantage but not required.

Applicants should apply online at
https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?SID=amNvZGU9MTY5NDAzNyZ2dF90ZW1wbGF0ZT05NjUmb3duZXI9NTA0MTE3OCZvd25lcnR5cGU9ZmFpciZicmFuZF9pZD0wJnBvc3RpbmdfY29kZT0yMjQ=Ref No 1694037. Online application involves upload of (i) Statement in support of your application (ii) CV (iii) full list of publications as supporting document and (iv) contact details of 2 referees. The closing date for applications is 31. December 2017.

Interested candidates may want to take a look at recent group publications in the field, listed on the group website http://www.blumberger.net Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Professor Jochen Blumberger by email, j.blumberger@ucl.ac.uk. If you have any administrative queries regarding the application process, please contact James Gane, james.gane@ucl.ac.uk (Tel +44 (0)20 7679 7143).


Other Post-doctoral research

I always welcome post-doctoral researchers who consider applying for their own financial support. Please send me an email. I would be happy to discuss with you potential projects and applications. Here are a few links for personal postdoctoral fellowships:

PhD study
If you would like to do a PhD in my group and want to apply for your own studentship (e.g. in your home country) please send me an email. I would be happy to discuss with you potential projects and applications. Useful information on PhD applications to UCL can be found at the UCL postgraduate prospectus.