UK: Research Associate in Theorectical Surface Science at University College London

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Full Time : The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

Salary range:
will be £32,375 – £39,132 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Description:This project aims to use computer simulation approaches to understand the corrosion of copper surfaces and the interaction of corrosion inhibitors with pristine and oxidised copper surfaces. The project is sponsored by BP and will involve a combination of density functional theory and force field based molecular dynamics, including force field development.

The project is ideal for a candidate with a strong background in atomistic and electronic structure simulations that has an interest in tackling a fundamental surface science problem with direct links to industry. The successful candidate will join the inter-disciplinary ICE research group at UCL ( whose research involves computer simulations of catalytic and environmental interfaces, aiming at reaching fundamental new understanding of elementary processes at such interfaces. The ICE group is part of the Thomas Young Centre ( ); one of the world’s largest and most dynamics centres for the theory and simulation of materials.

The position is initially for one year.

Eligibility: The successful candidate will have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials or a related discipline that involved theoretical studies of complex materials or interfaces. The successful candidate will have an understanding of the state of the art in materials simulation as well as experience of quantum mechanical calculations. Experience of modelling surfaces will be an advantage.

To apply: To access further details about the position (ref 1366586)

Informal enquiries: may be made to Prof. Angelos Michaelides. If you are unable to apply online please contact Ms. Denise Ottley, London Centre for Nanotechnology, 17-19 Gordon Street , London WC1H 0AH or email

Closing Date: 16/10/2013

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