POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
You will join a project funded by an EU grant to Dr G Teobaldi, targeting understanding of the atomic and electronic factors underpinning the performance and stability of electrolyte-exposed and buried (surface/subsurface, charged/discharged) electrode interfaces. You should have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or related discipline and experience in Computational Materials Science (either DFT or force field methods). Proficiency in scientific software development and a record of peer-reviewed publications are essential. The post is available until 30 September 2015.
You will be an enthusiastic self-driven individual with a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or related discipline, experience in Computational Materials Science (either DFT or force field methods), proficiency in scientific software development and a record of peer-reviewed publications. In view of the strong interactions with the experimental partners of the EU scientific consortium (one of which is based at the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, University of Liverpool), previous involvement in joint experiment-theory projects would be an advantage.
The group is involved in development and application of linear-scaling first principles and force-field based approaches for modelling structure, and charge- (energy-) transfer at photo-electro-chemical interfaces. The challenging nature of the project, the direct links with the ONETEP developers group, and the availability of state of the art High Performance Computing facilities make this role an excellent opportunity to perform world class research in theory and modelling of photo-electro-chemical interfaces for Energy applications.
The position is part of a collaborative EU-funded project consisting of 12 partners from the European Area (6 Universities, 1 Research Institute and 5 Industrial partners) in addition to 4 associate partners from battery research groups in the USA and Japan.
By development and application of innovative Linear-Scaling Density Functional Theory (LS-DFT) and (polarisable and/or charge equilibrated) force field methods, the project will provide an atomistic modelling counterpart to experimental in situ spectroscopic characterisation of novel electrode solutions for stationary Electrochemical Energy Storage (EES). The consortium targets understanding of the atomic and electronic factors underpinning the performance and stability of electrolyte-exposed and buried (surface/subsurface, charged/discharged) electrode interfaces. The knowledge generated will be used to develop candidate electrode materials for stationary EES with improved cycle life and stability.
The LS-DFT line of the work will be carried out in close contact with the ONETEP developers’ team (www.onetep.org). There will be also opportunities to assist in the supervision of a team of PhD (initially 5) and MRes students working on related areas.
The post involves bending, stretching and the manual handling of loads up to 15kg. A system to control the risks is in place. Appointment will be subject to Occupational Health screening.
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Chemistry - Computational chemistry
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