Department/Location Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, West Cambridge
Salary £29,605- £33,966 or £36,024-£44,263
Reference LJ39699
Published 8 December 2023
Closing date 20 January 2024

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Materials Theory Group at the University of Cambridge. We are looking for a motivated, independent, and talented scientist to join our group.

The group is led by Prof. Chris Pickard and Prof. Bartomeu Monserrat, and the successful candidate is expected to develop their own research programme within the group. Areas of current interest include high pressure physics, superconductivity, structure prediction, and phonons and their interactions. Further details about our areas of interest can be found in our group website.

Applicants must have (or be about to receive) a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related subject. The ideal candidate will have experience in code development and/or use of first principles methods (e.g. DFT, GW, DMFT) and/or machine learning methods. Applicants must also have a strong track record of publications in computational materials science, excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively in a team of scientists with different backgrounds, and a willingness to take a leading role in the supervision of junior group members.

The successful candidate will be part of a thriving community of computational materials scientists as part of the Materials Theory Group in the Department of Materials and as part of the Lennard-Jones Centre in the wider University of Cambridge. Similarly, the successful candidate will benefit from multiple collaborations with local and international experimental teams.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are in the first instance 2 years, with the possibility for extension upon mutual agreement. Start date flexible, preferably early-mid 2024

For additional information, please contact Prof. Chris Pickard ( and Prof. Bartomeu Monserrat (

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Applicants are asked to upload the following:

  1. A short research statement (maximum 1 page) describing the applicant’s past research, future goals, and why the applicant is interested and suitable for this position.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. A publication list.
  4. The contact details of two referees that can provide a letter of recommendation for the applicant.

Please quote reference LJ39699 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.

Further information

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