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PhD Studentship – for EU/UK citizens

Theory of electrochemically driven metal nucleation on diamond electrodes

Project: A Ph.D. studentship is available with start date October 2018. As part of an experiment-theory collaboration, this project will study the initial stages of nanoparticle growth during electrodeposition and the stability of nanoparticles of different sizes on oxygen‐passivated diamond using ab‐ initio simulation based on Density Functional Theory and the Density‐Functional Tight‐Binding method. The successful candidate will apply a range of computational methods including global optimization, ab‐initio molecular dynamics, ab‐initio thermodynamics, and electrochemical simulations at constant potential to study structural, thermodynamic, and kinetic aspects of electro‐nucleation on diamond.

Requirements: This studentship is open to UK Nationals (fees paid, plus tax-free stipend - currently £ 14,553 per annum) and is embedded in the Diamond Science Technology Centre for Doctoral Training (Diamond CDT). Applicants should have an honours/Masters in chemistry, physics, or a related discipline. Prior experience in quantum chemistry and software development (e.g. Python) is desirable, but not essential. The successful candidate will be extensively trained in highly career-relevant molecular modeling and data analytics methods

How to Apply:
Please direct informal enquiries and requests for further information to Dr. Reinhard Maurer (r.maurer .at.
Please include your CV and a brief explanation of your interests in the research area of the studentship. Details on the formal application procedure can be found at

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