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

A 4-year 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 2017.

Application: Please send  (i) Statement in support of your application (ii) CV including publications (if any) (iii) transcripts of undergraduate (Bachelor) and graduate (Master) studies as supporting documents and (iv) contact details of 2 referees as a single zip file to Jochen Blumberger, specifying in the subject line “PhD application”.

Interested candidates may want to take a look at recent group publications in the field, listed on the group website  Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Jochen Blumberger, If you have any administrative queries regarding the application process, please contact James Gane,

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.