Assistant / Associate Professor in computational materials physics

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Institute: University of Cambridge
Closing date: 30 November 2022

The School of Physical Sciences invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professorship in the in the field of Computational Atomic-Scale Materials Science to be held at the Department of Physics.

This post will support the expansion of the MPhil in Scientific Computing, which offers training on advanced methodologies for continuum and atomic-scale modelling and simulation, as well as topics on high-performance computing. Two new appointments in Computational Atomic-Scale Material Science and High Performance Scientific Computing, will support the same course.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in mathematics or physics (or a cognate discipline) and will lead an ambitious programme of world-class research on new mathematical descriptions of atomic-scale interactions in materials and associated numerical methods for predicting the ensemble behaviour of multi-atomic systems at the electronic or atomistic levels. Such methods must be capable of addressing challenging problems arising from industrial problems in which long timescales or enhanced sampling are required. Also of interest would be techniques for extending particle-based models into the mesoscopic or continuum regimes, for example predicting the constitutive behaviour of granular materials or colloidal suspensions. We will appoint outstanding researchers who have a considerable track record of teaching and examining to ensure the success of the course.

The successful applicant for this post is expected to deliver two existing modules, namely Atomistic Modelling of Materials and Electronic Structure and Density Functional Theory. They will also be expected to develop a third module of their choice which should be complementary to the other two, and to support other aspects of the MPhil programme to ensure its successful delivery, including admissions, course management, research project supervision and assessment related to written assignments and written examination papers. They would be strongly encouraged to contribute to the evolution and improvement of the course to establish and maintain its position as an international leader in postgraduate teaching in scientific computing and computational physics.

The candidate’s research will feed into their teaching and the MPhil research projects, which are essential to demonstrate the relevance of the research to the students’ future employment and to contribute to their transferable skills. The appointee will be based in the Laboratory for Scientific Computing of the Department of Physics, (see further particulars). The appointee will also join the Lennard-Jones Centre, which vertebrates the excellent and interdisciplinary atomistic-modelling research community across the University. Besides the mentioned Centre for Scientific Computing, it includes other theorists and computational modelers in the Cavendish Laboratory and in other centres such as the Materials, Chemistry and Engineering Departments.

The Department of Physics is active in promoting policies to address historic under-representation of women and minority groups in its workforce. Candidates from under-represented groups, as well as candidates with a track record in addressing barriers to equality and diversity in education, are particularly encouraged to apply. Given the nature of this post, the teaching, examination and administrative load of the appointee will be directed initially (during the first five years) toward the Masters’ programme. General contribution to the academic work of the host Department and the University beyond teaching and research, will be commensurate with the appointee’s interests and skills, and the requirements of the Department of Physics.

University Assistant Professor (£43,414 – £54,949 pa) / University Associate Professor (£58,284 – £61,823 pa), depending on skills and experience

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Please ensure that you upload the following documents:-

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Evidence of teaching and examining of the syllabus of the three existing MPhil modules mentioned above (lecture notes, examination papers etc.).
  • A list of up to five publications and a brief discussion of their impact.
  • A research proposal of no longer than 3 pages, including a description as to how their research plans fit with existing research activities within the Department of Physics and how they might lead to significant contributions to computational algorithms and methodologies in computational continuum modelling and its applications.
  • A statement of up to two pages setting out their approach to teaching, and the contributions they can make to the MPhil programme in Scientific Computing (current and future).

Please include details of three referees, including e-mail address and phone number, whom the University of Cambridge can contact for references.

Please quote reference KA33925 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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