Research Associate in the Rational Design of Functional Porous Macromolecular Materials Imperial College London, Department of Chemistry United Kingdom

Research Associate in the Rational Design of Functional Porous Macromolecular Materials

 

Job summary

The Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London is at an exciting time in its history. Already a world-leading Department, from late 2018 we will occupy state-of-the art new research facilities at Imperial’s new White City Campus. A Research Associate position in the Rational Design of Functional Porous Macromolecular Materials is available within the group of Dr. Kim Jelfs (jelfs-group.org) at the Department of Chemistry, Imperial...

 

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00162
  • Date posted 9 May 2018
  • Closing date 23 May 2018

 

Job description

Job summary


The Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London is at an exciting time in its history. Already a world-leading Department, from late 2018 we will occupy state-of-the art new research facilities at Imperial’s new White City Campus. 



A Research Associate position in the Rational Design of Functional Porous Macromolecular Materials is available within the group of Dr. Kim Jelfs (jelfs-group.org) at the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London. This position is part of a larger EPSRC “Design by Science” project (EP/P005543/1), working with Prof. Jenny Nelson in the Department of Physics, as well as experimental collaborators and industrial partners. The successful candidate will work on the application of a range of artificial intelligence techniques, including an evolutionary algorithm, for the discovery of new functional porous materials built from organic building blocks. The porous materials studied will include porous molecular materials, covalent organic frameworks and porous organic polymers. The applications of the porous materials will include molecular separations, including in membranes, selective binding and sensing. 



This position will involve both the development and application of software written in Python and the use of existing computational chemistry software. There will be an opportunity to assist in the supervision of PhD candidates and undergraduate students working on these topics. The role will also involve close interactions with both experimental and computational collaborators.

 

Duties and responsibilities

• Development of an approach to assist in porous materials discovery
• Development and application of software written in Python and the use of existing computational chemistry software 
• Develop and validate software for the successful prediction of the assembly and structure of a range of porous materials, including porous molecular materials and polymeric materials 
• Porous materials modelling 
• Explore how their performance in a range of applications can be predicted with, where possible, simple descriptors

 

Essential requirements

To hold a PhD in Chemistry, or a closely related subject or equivalent
Expertise in running a variety of computational chemistry simulations, both forcefield and ab initio based 
Experience in Python programming 
Knowledge of supramolecular or materials chemistry 
Awareness of previous research on computational materials discovery 
Awareness of previous research on porous material modelling 
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication

 

Further information


Fixed term for 14 months with possibility for further extension 



Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 – 34,040 per annum. 



For additional information please contact Dr. Kim Jelfs (k.jelfs@imperial.ac.uk). Website: jelfs-group.org and see also related research centres: Thomas Young Centre for materials modelling (thomasyoungcentre.org), Centre for Plastic Electronics (imperial.ac.uk/plastic-electronics) and the Barrer Centre for breakthrough separation materials, science and engineering (imperial.ac.uk/barrer-centre). 



Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Ms Lisa Benbow, Administrator, l.benbow@imperial.ac.uk 



For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk 



The Department of Chemistry proudly holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award and strives to provide a working environment where all our staff feel fully supported to flourish and excel. The Department of Chemistry is committed to promoting the wide range of Family Friendly policies and associated initiatives offered by the College. 


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  • Job description RA in rational design of functional porous macromolecular materials.doc

 

About Imperial College London


Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

 

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

 

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

 

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

 

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

 

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity

  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams

  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others

  • Deliver positive outcomes

  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination

  • Develop and grow skills and expertise

  • Work in a planned and managed way 

 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

 

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.


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