Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Chemistry and Materials Science

Ref Number B04-04150
Professional Expertise Research and Research Support
Department UCL BEAMS (B04)
Location London
Working Pattern Full time
Salary £40,524 – £48,763
Contract Type Fixed-term
Working Type On site (> 80% of working time)
Available For Secondment No
Closing Date 21-Sept-2023

About us
The Chemistry Department at University College London is the oldest in England, and today is one of the best in the UK, ranked 2nd in the UK for the world-class impact of its research in REF (2014). Our department is situated in Bloomsbury, at the heart of London, and we offer an exciting and vibrant environment in which to study at one of the UK’s top universities. The Department of Chemistry at UCL is committed to supporting excellence in both research and teaching. The department offers undergraduate BSc and MSci programmes in Chemistry and currently teaches 400 undergraduates registered in Chemistry as well as students who select Chemistry on the Natural Sciences programme and first year Chemistry for life scientists. The Chemistry Department has over 50 members of academic staff carrying out world-leading research. We specialize in the areas of organic synthesis, chemical biology, computational chemistry, nanotechnology, inorganic and materials chemistry, physical chemistry, and chemical physics. The department has an annual research income of around £15 million, derived from many sources including the Research Councils (EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, and NERC), European Commission and a wide range of charities and industrial partners in the UK, Europe and the USA. Details about our research can be found on the departmental website

About the role
Applications are invited for a PDRA to work in the group of Prof Richard Catlow in collaboration with Phasecraft and several industrial partners. The project is centred on the development and implementation of novel algorithms for quantum computing applied in contemporary catalytic science, The position at UCL is funded by Innovate UK for 18 months . The candidate will join Prof. Richard Catlow’s research team in the Department of Chemistry at the Bloomsbury Campus of University College London.

About you
The postholder will be required to develop newsoftware that can exploit quantum computing in modelling catalytic processes. The work of the PDRA will be independent but in close collaboration with other group members and co-investigators in UCL and in Phasecraft, and will involve a commitment to active knowledge exchange and to travel as necessary to visit our research partners in the UK and, possibly, overseas. The postholder will be expected to help in supervising PhD and Master students, assisting computationally with their research projects, where necessary, and reading drafts of reports and papers.

What we offer
As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits some of which are below: • 41 Days holiday (including 27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days) • Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme • Hybrid Final Salary Pension Scheme • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan • On-Site nursery • On-site gym • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay • Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service • Discounted medical insurance Visit UCL Staff Rewards and Benefits to find out more.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women. Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality. You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here: Equality Diversity & Inclusion

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