Research Assistant/Associate in materials theory

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Institute: Univeristy of Cambridge
Closing date: 6 December 2022

Department / Division: Materials Science and Metallurgy

ixed term: Funds for this post are available until 31st July 2024 in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Materials Theory Group led by Professor Pickard, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in condensed matter or materials physics, materials science (or similar) and have significant experience in density functional based first principles methods (CASTEP/VASP/QE). A proven track record in the development and application of first principles methods in the study of materials is required, and preference will be given to candidates with experience in high pressure research, either static or dynamic.

The postholder for this computational project will be expected to be comfortable in a UNIX-like environment, developing tools for the high throughput control of computations and analysis of results. Structure prediction will be performed using the AIRSS and EDDP (machine learning potential) packages, and prior experience in structure prediction and/or dynamical simulations is preferred. An interest in modern approaches to data analysis and management would be an advantage, as would a theoretical appreciation of novel phenomena.

The ability to work in close collaboration with experimental groups/project partners in this research area is essential. The candidate must have the ability to manage their own workload and research data, and to publish scientific results in a timely manner. The project is run in collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh, York and Oxford and the postholder will be expected to attend and contribute to project meetings. Interviews will be conducted in early December and the anticipated starting date will be January 2023.

Documents in support of applications must include: 1. CV; 2. Cover letter; 3. Details of two referees whom may be contacted at selection-to-interview stage.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Chris Pickard,

Please quote reference LJ34052 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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