Research Associate: Materials Simulation Scientist (KTP Associate) University College London, Department of Physics and Astronomy United Kingdom

Research Associate: Materials Simulation Scientist (KTP Associate)

UCL Department / Division

Physics and Astronomy

Location of position

UK non-UCL site

Location of the work (non-UCL site)

BP Exploration Operating Company Limited, Sunbury-on-Thames


Hours Full Time


£31,604-£38,833 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

An exciting opportunity to accelerate your career has become available for a highly qualified and motivated individual to work on an Innovate UK funded, collaborative Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between BP Exploration Operating Company Limited and the UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy.


UCL is one of the UK’s premier universities and is consistently ranked in the world’s top 10 in a number of international indices. The Physics and Astronomy department at UCL is in the heart of the historical area of Bloomsbury. Scientific research and study has been a strong feature of UCL and the Department is currently one of the top-rated Physics departments in the country.


BP is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies. Through our work we provide customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving, and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging. Our Upstream segment is responsible for our activities in oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production, and midstream transportation, storage and processing.


The main duty of the post-holder is to lead and successfully deliver the Knowledge Transfer Partnership between UCL and BP to found a novel BP ‘Digital Lab’ by transferring and embedding advanced computer simulation capabilities that enable new solutions to be found for enduring and contemporary challenges in oil and gas production. The successful candidate will work closely with Prof Angelos Michaelides (UCL Physics) and Prof Alberto Striolo (UCL Chemical Engineering) to apply state-of-the-art computer simulation techniques to solve fundamental chemistry and physics challenges faced by BP. These challenges include, but are not limited to, the design of innovative fluids to enhance production and the identification of novel strategies to maximise production while minimising environmental impact.


The post carries a £6,000 dedicated personal development budget, £12,000 for travel and consumables and will predominantly be based at BP offices in Sunbury-on-Thames.


The post is available as soon as possible and is funded for 36 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD in computational Chemistry, Physics, Materials or Chemical Engineering or a closely related discipline.


Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6 (salary £27,285 - £28,936 per annum).

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. Please read these carefully before applying.


To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.


Further details about the vacancy are available from Prof Angelos Michaelides, ( Any queries on the application process should be directed to James Gane, ( as we wish to encourage online applications.


We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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Closing Date

7 May 2018

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