Job offer in london Research Associate in Computational Materials Discovery at University College London

University College London – UCL Chemistry

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work in the group of Professor Furio Cora, Ben Slater and Dr Martijn Zwijnenburg in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The post is funded through a prestigious EPSRC Programme Grant, to work in a multidisciplinary team and develop integrated computational/experimental approaches to materials discovery. The postholder will focus in particular on the application of quantum chemical methods to study new functional materials and their properties, develop descriptors for accelerated computational screening, and liaise with colleagues in Liverpool to integrate the computational work with synthesis and measurement studies. A specific area of current research concerns the thermoelectric figure of merit of complex solids, but the breadth and scope of the overall Programme Grant activity guarantees exposure to other topical application areas.

The post is available for a period of 24 months initially.

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or near to being awarded a PhD) in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science, in depth knowledge of electronic structure calculations, electronic localisation and/or electronic transport in complex solids, and working knowledge on the simulation of defects and doping in functional materials. The appointee will have a strong publication track record, a demonstrated commitment to excellence and exceptional skills in computational materials science. They will be expected to work in a highly multidisciplinary collaborative team, and have effective communication skills.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6 (salary £30,316 – £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

UCL vacancy reference: 1685787.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Please include a publication list along with CV.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Furio Cora ( or Prof Ben Slater ( Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James –, as we wish to encourage online applications.

Closing Date: 24 November 2017

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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