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Research Associate - Intrinsically Multifunctional Systems (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher to work with Professor David Wales in the Chemistry Department in Cambridge. The project involves the development of theory and computer simulation within the energy landscapes framework, with particular reference to the analysis and design of multifunctional systems. The research includes aspects of both atomistic and coarse-grained modelling, including designs based on biomolecules, colloids, and other nanoscale building blocks.

Applicants should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in theoretical chemistry or physics. Significant expertise in computer simulation and statistical mechanics is essential, particularly experience with the energy landscape exploration codes GMIN, OPTIM and PATHSAMPLE. The project will exploit coarse-grained models and the local rigid body framework to investigate systems capable of functioning as molecular switches and functional nanodevices.

The post is available from 1st January 2018. Part time appointment can be considered subject to negotiation.

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 relating to your application or the application process, please contact Professor David Wales (email:

Please quote reference MA13765 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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