Research Fellow in Theoretical Molecular Physics

Physics and Astronomy

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 22nd Jan 2021
  • Salary: £36,028 - £43,533 per annum
  • REF: 1874320
  • Closes: 15th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The ExoMol group at UCLs Department of Physics and Astronomy is looking to recruit a team of enthusiastic scientists to work on the ERC funded ExoMolHD project. The project will use quantum mechanical methods to provide high quality molecular data for the study and characterisation of the atmospheres of exoplanets and other hot methods.

We are looking for a researcher to work on development and application methods of molecular quantum mechanics for producing temperature-dependent pressure shifts and pressure broadening parameters.

Interested candidates are welcome to contact Sergey Yurchenko ( and Jonathan Tennyson ( for informal discussion prior to application.

Duration of this position is funded for 3 years in the first instance and will start any time soon.

Key Requirements

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry or Astronomy or closely related subject. They should have a strong background in molecular quantum mechanics; some knowledge of molecular spectroscopy and good programming skills are desirable. Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication.

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 31,542 – 33,257 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 specifications can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

PDRA candidates will need to upload a CV (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests and plans (3 pages maximum), and the contact information for three references. A cover letter can be included using the Statement in Support of your Application section of the online form. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to by the application deadline.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy should be made to Sergey Yurchenko ( and Jonathan Tennyson (

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

15 Mar 2021

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