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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

A position is open for a Post Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Prof. Daan Frenkel. The project is funded by the UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) and is part of a collaboration with the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, India.

The aim of the proposed research is to study the role of entropy and information encoding in guided self-assembly of materials. The focus of the work of the PDRA will be the development and implementation of numerical techniques to quantify the probability to generate target structures as a function of the preparation protocol used.

Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in Statistical Mechanics and Molecular Simulations, in particular Monte Carlo methods. Knowledge of free-energy techniques would also be highly desirable. The candidate is expected to have a strong publication record to evidence relevant professional experience, including evidence of strong programming skills.

The successful candidate will hold, or should be about to obtain, a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or Applied Maths.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries regarding the post, please contact Lisa Masters

Please quote reference MA11845 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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