Research Fellow in Computational Non-Adiabatic Photochemistry

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 30.06.2019



Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Prof. Graham Worth in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The post is funded through an EPSRC grant to develop new computational methods for the study of non-adiabatic photochemistry and to use these methods in the design of new photo-active molecules. The work is part of a multidisciplinary team together with Dr. Scott Habershon and Prof. Vas Stavros at the University of Warwick, and Prof. Rachel O'Reilly at the University of Birmingham. 

The postholder will focus on the development of accurate quantum dynamics methods. The work has three main parts (i) to develop our direct dynamics method (DD-vMCG) (ii) to include solvation effects into quantum dynamics calculations (iii) to simulate measurable signals on a range of molecules that will be compared to experiments carried out by our collaborators. 

The appointment is for three years in the first instance, starting as soon as possible. 

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in Chemistry, Physics, or similar subject. A knowledge of quantum mechanics and quantum chemical methods for excited state calculations is required, as well as experience with HPC and programming. Experience with Fortran Programming is desirable. They will be expected to work in a highly multidisciplinary collaborative team, and have effective verbal and written communication skills in English. 

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922 to £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. 

Further Details

A can be accessed at the bottom of this page. To apply for the vacancy please click on the 'Apply Now' button below. 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Graham Worth ( ). Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James - . 

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level. 

Closing Date

30 Jun 2019

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