Research Assistant/Associate in Materials Science and Metallurgy

University of Cambridge Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

United Kingdom

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position with Professor Chris Pickard at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge.

Recent advances in computational methods have raised the prospect of the in silico design of high temperature conventional superconductors. This project aims to build on these advances and accelerate the search.

Applicants must hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in condensed matter or materials physics and have significant experience in the first principles computation of superconducting properties and/or electron phonon interactions. They will have a proven track record in the development and application of electronic methods, and ideally experience in using and modifying the Quantum Espresso package.

'The ability to work in close collaboration with project partners is essential. The candidate must have the ability to manage their own workload and research data, and to write up scientific results in a timely manner. The candidate will be responsible for reporting progress as required.

The project is supported by the Deep Science Fund at Intellectual Ventures.

The successful candidate will be part of a thriving community of computational materials scientists as a member of the Materials Theory Group in the Department of Materials and the Lennard-Jones Centre in the wider University of Cambridge. The position is available immediately.

Interviews will be conducted in early February and the successful candidate appointed as soon as possible thereafter.

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Documents in support of applications should include: 1. CV, 2. Full list of publications, 3. Covering letter.

For queries regarding the online application process, contact Nichola Daily (e-mail:

Please quote reference LJ29579 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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