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ADAM Research Fellow

Computational Systems Chemistry

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £34,980 to £42,978 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/03/2027
Closing Date:  Tuesday 10 October 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2438923EB

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in computational chemistry to work under the supervision of Professor Graeme Day on a prestigious European Research Council Synergy Grant, ADAM - Autonomous Discovery of Advanced Materials. The project is developing the integration of computational methods for identifying promising materials with automation in the materials chemistry lab. The project brings together state-of-the-art predictive computational chemistry methods, robotics, machine learning and materials characterisation through a collaboration between research groups at the universities of Southampton, Liverpool and Rostock.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with simulation methods including molecular organic crystal structure prediction, evolutionary algorithms for generating new, promising molecules, and machine learning to accelerate the simulations and analyse large-scale data. This research will advance the project vision of computationally led materials discovery with initial applications in the areas of porous materials and photocatalysts. 

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Experience in the use of computer simulations is essential, as well as a desire to work with team members to achieve the project goals. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. 

Be a part of the University of Southampton, an institution in the top one per cent of world universities and one of the UK’s top research-intensive universities. The University has an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities.

Southampton is one of the best places in the UK for chemistry teaching and research. Chemistry at Southampton has a national and international reputation for excellence. The university provides an excellent environment for computational research and provides access for all researchers to one of the largest high-performance computational facilities in the UK.

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality. The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. Both the University of Southampton and Chemistry are proud to hold Athena Swan Silver Awards. 

Application procedure

This post is suitable for chemists, materials scientists of physicists with a strong background in computational chemistry.

For additional information or informal enquiries before submitting your application, contact Prof. Graeme Day, 

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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Apply by midnight on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or quoting the job number.

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