Post in modelling the electronic structure of plasmonic nanoparticles

Department of Materials

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 13th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £41,593 - £49,210
  • REF: ENG01997
  • Closes: 14th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

This position is funded by a Royal Society Enhanced Research Expenses Request grant whose goal is develop novel atomistic modelling techniques to understand and control hot-carrier processes in plasmonic nanomaterials.

Hot carriers generated from the decay of localized surface plasmons in metallic nanostructures are promising for developing highly efficient solar energy conversion devices, such as solar cells or photocatalysts. However, despite much work fundamental questions about hot carrier processes remain unsolved and the lack of atomistic insight into these processes is holding back the field. To address this challenge, the post holder will contribute to the development of novel atomistic modelling techniques to simulate the interaction of light with nanoparticles and carry out calculations to discover novel nanomaterials with tailored compositions, shapes and environments to optimize the generation of hot carriers for specific applications.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Developing new methods to study hot-carrier generation and thermalization in plasmonic nanoparticles
  • Using the new methods to discover new plasmonic nanomaterials with tailored composition, shape and environment to enhance hot-carrier generation
  • Associated data analysis and the interpretation of the data
  • Assist the other Research staff in the day to day management of the research group laboratories
  • To liaise with the other research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project, providing training where appropriate
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations and the web
  • To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups
  • To comply with relevant College policies, including Financial Regulations, Equal Opportunities Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Information Systems Security Policy and Intellectual Property Rights and Register of Interests Policies
  • To actively participate in the research programme of the Group
  • To publish in high quality journals and to present data at national and international meetings
  • To participate in Group research meetings and internal seminars
  • To collaborate with other allied scientists within Imperial College and elsewhere in London and abroad, as appropriate
  • To contribute to the smooth running of the Group’s laboratories and, facilities with other scientists, clinicians, technicians and students within the laboratories
  • Assist in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research students and research assistants as required
  • To comply with the College, Division, and Unit safety practices and to attend courses on safety when appropriate

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Hold a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
    *Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 – £39,888 per annum.
  • Experience in using electronic structure theory to model light-mater interactions of nanomaterials with applications to plasmonics
  • Experience in programming for parallel computer architectures
  • Experience with the tight-binding formalism
  • Practical experience within a research environment and / or publication in relevant and refereed journals
  • Knowledge of electronic structure theory for modelling light-matter interactions
  • Knowledge of programming and code development for parallel architectures

Further information

Further information can be obtained from Johannes Lischner –

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan ( ).

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework . Our values are:

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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