Research Associate in Computational Modelling of Electrochemical Interfaces at the Nanoscale Imperial College London Department of Chemistry United Kingdom

Location: London
Salary: £37,486 to £46,499 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th May 2019
Closes: 11th June 2019
Job Ref: NAT00449

Job Summary

A postdoctoral position is available in the Computational Nano Electrochemistry group at Imperial College London.

This position is in the framework of a multidisciplinary project on developing and applying new theoretical methodologies to enable the realistic modelling of electrochemical (EC) systems under operating conditions.

Our team currently works to (i) develop the theoretical and computational tools to perform non-equilibrium molecular dynamics under applied potential/currents (i) understand fundamental electro-catalytic phenomena at electrified interfaces of interest for energy and nanotechnology, such as in water splitting, chemical fuel production and corrosion (ii) unravel fundamental current and bias induced effects at nanointerfaces, such as electromigration, electromechanics and redox/resistive switching.

Duties and responsibilities:

Work on realistic modelling of fundamental electro-catalytic phenomena at electrified interfaces of interest for energy storage and conversion.
To collaborate and support the other members of the team in the use of the developed methodologies and software within their sub-projects.
To support the lead investigator in the supervision of the other members of the team.
To take initiative in the planning of the research, in collaboration with and within the research area agreed with the lead investigator.
To travel, as required, for meetings with actual and potential collaborators, and to attend conferences and training workshops.
Essential requirements:

A PhD (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry or related discipline.
Experience in electronic structure calculations, sampling methods (e.g. molecular dynamics, potential and free energy methods), calculations on condensed matter systems.
Experience of developing scientific modelling codes in a technical or research environment will be considered an advantage.
A strong background in fundamental physics and/or chemistry, electronic structure theory and/or modern computational approaches to materials.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work as part of a team.
Ability to develop and apply new concepts.
Creative approach to problem solving.
Further Information


The post is initially available for 2 years, with the possibility of extension based on mutual agreement.

We offer a great working and scientific environment in an emerging group, the possibility to mature into a leader in computational electrochemistry with a multidisciplinary expertise, participation in international conferences, training, and the possibility to collaborate with experimental and theoretical groups.

Candidates need to complete an online application and include a cover letter, a motivation statement (300 words max) briefly describing your main research achievements to date and why you would like to apply for this post, a CV and publication list, the names and contact details of at least two referees.

*Candidates who have not yet completed their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant with a salary of £34,397 to £37,486 per annum.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr. Clotilde Cucinotta

Should you have any query on the application process, please contact: Mr. John Murrell

For technical issues when applying online, please contact

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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