Research Associate in Computational Materials Chemistry


We seek to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated scientist with proven intellectual and technical abilities to work on a computational catalysis project. The project, which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), aims to develop and apply a combination of computational techniques to investigate a number of promising conjugated photo-responsive polymers, whose structures can be tailored to tune the band-gap, optimise the charge transport properties, and improve the stability to enhance their efficiency and potential in organic solar cell applications.

The postholder will focus on the study of the photovoltaic properties of a range of conducting polyers. S/he will develop and apply a range of complementary computational techniques to identify structural characteristics of the polymers, calculate photo-properties of the materials, and identify ways to tune the bandgap and improve the stability of the polymer systems.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Computational Chemistry, or relevant industrial experience.

For informal enquiries about the role and the Cardiff School of Chemistry, please contact Prof. Nora de Leeuw: e-mail [email protected]

For further details about working at Cardiff University, please contact Mr Alastair Baker ([email protected]; 029 2087 4073).

This position is full time (35 hours per week) and is available immediately until 30 April 2020.

Salary: £33,797 – £40,322 per annum pro rata (Grade 6). It is not anticipated that an appointment be made above £33,797 pro rata (Grade 6.30).

Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 9316BR.

Date advert posted: Thursday, 21 November 2019

Closing date: Sunday, 8 December 2019

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

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