Research Associate in Computational Materials Chemistry

Updated: 21 days ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 11 Oct 2020

We seek to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated scientist with proven intellectual and technical abilities to work on a computational materials chemistry project. The ambitious 7-year project, funded by the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Programme, involves a collaboration between Dr Logsdail (School of Chemistry), Dr Keal (STFC Daresbury, UK) and Prof. Blum (Duke University, USA).

The overall aim of the programme is the development of novel methods for hybrid quantum and molecular mechanics (QM/MM) simulation of heterogeneous catalytic reactions. The initial objectives are to develop approaches that make QM/MM accessible for solid-state modelling of surface reactions, with a focus on streamlining the setup procedures such as cluster design and optimisation of the embedding environment. New functionality will be applied to timely challenges in the generation of hydrogen fuel using heterogeneous catalysis. Experience with the development of computational software for chemical and materials simulation is highly desirable.
Applicants must hold a Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a relevant area of computational and theoretical chemistry (or equivalent) or relevant industrial experience.
Further information is available at the following group webpages:

Dr Andrew Logsdail https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/481607-logsdail-andrew , https://logsdail.github.io .
For informal enquiries about the role and the Cardiff School of Chemistry, please contact Dr Andrew Logsdail: e-mail LogsdailA@cardiff.ac.uk ; Tel. +44 (0)29 2251 0162 ).
For further details about working at Cardiff University, please contact Ms Alison Blake (BlakeAF@cardiff.ac.uk ; 02920 874805 ).

This position is full time (35 hours per week) and is available from 1 October 2020 for 2 years.
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6). It is not anticipated that an appointment be made above £35,845 per annum (Grade 6.32).
Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 10123BR.

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only. We now invite external applications.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.


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