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Research Fellow in Computational Materials Chemistry for Energy Materials


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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 01st Dec 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1880764
  • Closes: 15th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Professor David O. Scanlon in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The appointee will work in a multidisciplinary team to computationally predict and fully characterise a range of new semiconductors for renewable energy applications, in collaboration with leading experimental groups in UCL and in the UK.

A key principle of the research will be the full characterisation of these novel materials in terms of their electronic structure, and their full defect chemistry, allowing us to only put materials forward for experimental validation when their defect chemistry is suited to the application of choice.

The postholder will be required to carry out computational materials chemistry research focused on materials for energy generation applications, including photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, photocatalysis and transparent conducting oxides. Computational work will be performed in collaboration with experimental efforts, and so the post holders will also present results and contribute significantly to an interdisciplinary feedback loop.

The position is funded by an ERC Starting Grant and is for 12 months in the first instance and is available to start from 1 February 2022.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or about to be awarded a PhD) in Computational Materials Chemistry or relevant subject. Expertise in analysis of charged defects in solids using periodic density functional theory is essential.

They will have a strong publication track record, a demonstrated commitment to excellence, and exceptional skills in computational chemistry. They will be expected to work in a highly multidisciplinary collaborative team, and have effective written and verbal 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 32,217- 33,958 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

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 Professor David O. Scanlon (d.scanlon@ucl.ac.uk).

Any queries on the application process can be directed to hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk as we wish to encourage online applications.

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Closing Date

15 Dec 2021

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