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Research Fellow in Theoretical Chemistry - Job Ref: 103123



Salary £30,942 – £40,322
Start Date: 1st of April 2021 or soon thereafter
Fixed-Term contract for 24 months
Job Ref: 103123

Applications for employment on a full-time or part-time (min 0.6FTE) working basis, or other flexible arrangement, will be considered.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join a UKRI-funded project on the “First principles simulation of nonadiabatic chemical dynamics at metal surfaces” in the group of Dr. Reinhard Maurer at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick. In this role, you will work on a curiosity-driven project towards developing novel mixed quantum-classical molecular dynamics simulation methods for the purpose of simulating light- and electron-driven reaction dynamics in photocatalysis and gas-surface dynamics. The project takes place in a large and vibrant interdisciplinary research group and will provide you with space and resources for your personal career and profile development, combining method development, application to real-world problems, and collaboration with experimental groups. Your project will complement ongoing work by postdoctoral researchers and PhD students in the group working towards common goals.

For informal inquiries, please email Dr. Reinhard Maurer at [email protected]

Who we are: In the Maurer group at Warwick (http://warwick.ac.uk/maurergroup), we aim to develop computational simulation methodology to study quantum phenomena at surfaces with applications ranging from plasmonic catalysis to nanotechnology and electrochemistry. Our goal is to combine electronic structure theory, molecular and quantum dynamics methodology and machine learning methods to achieve an accurate yet computationally feasible description of complex phenomena at solid/gas and solid/liquid interfaces. The currently 17 members of the group come from diverse backgrounds in chemistry, mathematics, and physics and foster a collaborative and supportive work environment. The group is one of six computational chemistry groups and part of an interdepartmental computational materials research community spanning the Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering departments. We welcome flexible working arrangements including part-time and remote working.

Who you are: You might have a background in theoretical chemistry or theoretical condensed matter physics or in a similar field. You love working on hard problems that live at the boundary of theoretical method and computational software development. You enjoy working in a team where you contribute your expertise and skill set to deliver an ambitious research vision and where you can contribute to the training of PhD and Master’s students. You are excited about opportunities to communicate with international collaborators across disciplinary and cultural boundaries.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942).

The University of Warwick will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days’ holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and Tax-Free Childcare, details and eligibility can be found here. We recognise the benefits of a flexible workforce and offer you, where possible, the opportunity to balance your work and personal life via a range of flexible working arrangements. The university also offers an excellent relocation package: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/humanresources/vacancies/relocation/.

Athena SWAN Silver Award
We are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. Both the Department of Chemistry and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN silver awards, a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression, and success for all in academia. We provide a welcoming and inclusive working and learning environment, recognising that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities.

Closing Date: 4 weeks
Interview Date(s) if known: Anticipated 2 weeks after application closes


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