Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Electrohydrodynamics University of Oxford, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Electrohydrodynamics

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, South Parks Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

Professor Madhavi Krishnan's laboratory is looking for talented and highly motivated postdoctoral research associates with a strong background in computational fluid mechanics or related areas, to join them in taking forward an exciting emerging area of single molecule measurement. In this specific project we are looking for a candidate with expertise in numerical computations of electrohydrodynamic phenomena to complement our experimental investigations in the field.


The group works in the broad area of soft condensed matter at the nanometer scale and has a specific interest in measuring and understanding electrostatics in molecular-scale matter, e.g., biological macromolecules. Using the repulsive electrostatic interaction in solution, the group recently demonstrated the ability to spatially trap single molecules in solution without the use of external forces (Nature, 2010; Nature Nanotechnology, 2012; Nature Nanotechnology, 2017). This “field-free” trap now enables measurements of the physical properties of macromolecules such as their electrical charge, size and 3D conformation with unprecedented precision, one at a time and in real time. The experimental approaches involved centre around optical imaging and spectroscopy and nanofabrication techniques. The work also relies on theory and simulation, specifically focusing on numerical mean-field electrostatics calculations and Brownian Dynamics simulations.


The ideal candidate will have obtained a PhD for computational work in fluid mechanics, or a related area, or have submitted a PhD thesis prior to taking up the appointment. Candidates with prior experience in numerical electrohydrodynamics calculations are strongly encouraged to apply.You should be able to demonstrate competence and success in the thesis research area (and postdoctoral work if appropriate), e.g. as judged by publications (or papers in press) in high quality peer reviewed journals.

You will be responsible for managing own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines, developing ideas for generating research income, and presenting detailed research proposals to senior researchers etc.


Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 31 May 2018 can be considered.


The University of Oxford is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and holds an institutional Bronze Athena SWAN award. The Department was awarded a Silver Athena SWAN Award in September 2015. Athena SWAN recognises the Department's commitment to addressing gender inequalities, tackling the unequal representation of women in science, and to improving career progression for female academics. This charter was extended in 2015 to include women in all areas of academia.


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