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Research Assistant


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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £31,542 - £33,257 per annum
  • REF: 1874576
  • Closes: 03rd March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to work in the group of Professor. Martijn Zwijnenburg, alongside the groups of Professor. Furio Cora and Professor. Ben Slater, in the Department of Chemistry at University College London.

The postholder will focus on the computational screening of new (polymeric) photocatalysts for water splitting, while collaborators in Liverpool and Glasgow will synthesize the best leads predicted and test their activity. Specific activities will include the development of virtual screening and analysis workflows for polymer photocatalyst based around extended tight-binding quantum chemistry calculations, performing the screening using the developed workflows and analysis of the results.

Duration of the appointment is available for 6 months from the 1st of March 2021 with the possibility of an extension.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a MSc in Chemistry, experience with extended tight-binding quantum chemistry calculations and cheminformatics, knowledge of polymer chemistry and the application of organic materials as photocatalysts, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence.

Further Details

A job description and person specification 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 m.zwijnenburg@ucl.ac.uk. Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk.

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Closing Date

3 Mar 2021

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This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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