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Research Associate - Nanophlow (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years 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 EU Future Emerging Technologies project "NANOPHLOW" and is part of a collaboration with academic groups and industries in Cambridge, Paris, Utrecht and Barcelona.

The aim of the proposed research is to study by numerical simulation, the transport of macro-molecules and nano-colloids under the influence of concentration gradients. The simulations will be closely linked to related experimental work in the group of Prof Tuomas Knowles (Cambridge).

Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in Statistical Mechanics and Molecular Simulations, in particular the Molecular Dynamics method and coarse-grained approaches, such as DPD, MPCD or LB. Knowledge of the statistical mechanical and non-equilibrium thermodynamics frameworks to describe transport phenomena is highly desirable. Candidates are expected to have a strong publication record as evidence of relevant professional experience, including evidence of strong programming skills.

The successful candidate will hold, or should be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant discipline (i.e. 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 relating to your application or the application process, please contact Lisa Masters (email:

Please quote reference MA14098 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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