Research Associate in Theoretical Chemistry of Solid-Liquid Interfaces

University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry

United Kingdom

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to join the group of Professor Angelos Michaelides at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge ( This project will involve the development and application of approaches for treating complex aqueous interfaces, with a specific emphasis on coupling atomistic and continuum modelling approaches.

Research in the Michaelides group involves computer simulations of catalytic and environmental interfaces, aiming at reaching fundamental new understanding of elementary processes at such interfaces. As part of our work, we also seek to develop and improve current simulations methods (quantum and classical) to study such systems. The overarching aim of this post-doctoral position is to develop theoretical descriptions of solid-liquid interfaces that enable an atomistic/electronic structure description of interfacial water to be coupled with continuum theories so as to obtain an accurate description of complex solid-liquid interfaces beyond the nanometre regime.

Day to day, the project will involve development and application of a range of theoretical and simulaton approaches. This will include, but is not limited to: electronic structure simulations, classical atomistic and coarse-grained modelling, and continuum approaches. The duties/responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, collaborating with experimental partners, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional talks.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in computational studies of solid-liquid interfaces, including (or be about to obtain) a PhD in a relevant area. Experience in theory and modelling of water over extended time and length scales is highly desirable, as is a track-record of successful collaboration with experimentalists. The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills are required.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department/institution/Faculty/School/University.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a cover letter, and a full list of your publications in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

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Please quote reference MA24550 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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