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PostDoc position available in summer 2019!

PostDoc position at University of Warwick on Computational Photocatalysis and Gas-Surface Dynamics

A postdoctoral position is available at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Warwick to work on the simulation of light-driven chemical reaction dynamics at surfaces. The candidate will develop and apply methodology to simulate light sensitization and photo-enhancement effects in heterogeneous catalysis using Density Functional Theory, nonadiabatic molecular dynamics and machine learning methods.

Applications from candidates with a PhD and a track record in computational chemistry or computational condensed matter physics are invited. This project is part of a larger effort with other group members and experimental collaborators and will provide the post holder with significant personal and career development opportunities.

Duration and Funding: The fixed-term position is for 36 months, funded via UK Research and Innovation, and includes generous conference travel support and a range of benefits. The starting salary will be from £30,395 - £39,609 per annum (approximately £2,000 to £2,500 per month after tax).

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For informal enquiries please contact Reinhard Maurer,

Fully funded PhD studentship available for September 2019 start date!

Diffusion and reaction of atomic and molecular hydrogen at metal surfaces underpins a wide range of technological applications, including hydrogen dissociation in fuel cells, photoelectrochemical water splitting, hydrogen storage, and heterogeneous catalysis. The small mass of hydrogen means that its chemical interaction with metal surfaces is governed by quantum nuclear effects. In addition, electronic excitations in the metal can also affect the chemistry via so-called “electronic friction effects”. The project will involve the development and application of new quantum dynamical simulation methods to study the interplay between quantum tunneling and electronic friction in hydrogen metal chemistry. The student will conduct computational software development and apply the methods to study reactive hydrogen chemistry at metal surfaces.

The studentship is open to nationals of any country (fees paid, plus tax-free stipend - currently £ 14,844 per annum). The current funding covers tuition fees for EU and UK nationals. Applicants should have an honours/Masters in chemistry or physics. Prior experience in electronic structure theory, condensed matter theory, or software development (e.g. Python) is desirable, but not essential. The successful candidate will be trained in molecular modelling and data analytics methods.

Please, direct informal enquiries and requests for further information to Dr. Reinhard J. Maurer ( Please include your CV and a brief explanation of your interests in the research area of the studentships.

Details on the formal application procedure can be found at

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Applications from students interested in research at the Master's, PhD and PostDoc level are always welcome.

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