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Job title Phd Position
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Non-equilibrium Grand Canonical (GC), Path Integral (PI), Adaptive Resolution Simulation (AdResS) of molecules solvated in water.
Project: The project concerns the (i) extension of GC-AdResS to ring-contraction PI techniques and/or to quantum thermostats, (ii) implementation of other water models in (PI-)AdResS, with priority to the MB-pol. Such technical improvements will be then merged with (iii) the technical implementation of the Non Equilibrium MD approach for a water system solvating a molecule embedded in a time-dependent electric field. As preliminary test system, we will use the alanine dipeptide in water. The available data of the previous classical simulation can be employed to judge about the correctness of the technical implementation of NEMD in AdResS. Upon positive outcome regarding the technical implementation, next, (iv) simulations of one fullerene in water in the presence of an electric field will be performed. The idea is that of exploring the change of the solvation shell structure as a function of frequency and amplitude of the electric field. The study regarding the solvation of fullerene will help to estimate the interesting range of frequencies and amplitudes of the EF in order to change the structural features of solvation in the perspective of aggregation of fullerene molecules. If possible, next (v) we will consider two fullerene molecules in water and, with the help of the AdResS simulations, study in details their aggregation process.



Requirements and Qualifications:
We search for a talented and motivated student with the following characteristics: The candidate must hold a Master degree if computational physics, computational chemistry or applied mathematics/scientific computing. The knowledge and experience with Molecular Dynamics codes is mandatory, together with the capability of computer coding. Students with a master thesis in Molecular Dynamics will be strongly preferred. A very good background in statistical mechanics and thermodynamics is also required.

Contact:
Luigi Delle site: luigi.dellesite@fu-berlin.de

Job title Research Associate In Modelling Of Complex Fluids
closing date 11th October
Start date 17th October
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Research Associate in Modelling of Complex Fluids

Closing Date : 11/10/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : Available from 17 October 2017 until 16 October 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
School/Directorate : School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Division : Catalysis and Porous Materials 
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum (depending on experience)
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10665
 

Applications are invited for a fully funded two year postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) to be conducted in the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science in the University of Manchester.  This post is part of a large collaborative project involving the University of Cambridge, University of Manchester,

ISIS and Unilever and aims to develop an understanding of non-Newtonian fluids used in formulated home and personal care products.  By combining theoretical and experimental methods, the project will obtain an understanding of the relationship between the process history of the materials and their structure-property relationships. 

The PDRA position available at Manchester will be to develop correlative and predictive models to describe the relationship between the thermophysical properties of complex fluids as a function of composition, stress and temperature.  In addition, the researcher will work closely with researchers in multiscale modelling, neutron/X-ray scattering and process analytics to achieve the overall project objectives. 

Applicants should have experience in developing correlative models to describe the properties of materials and their incorporation into process design software.  Proficiency in one scientific programming language (Fortran, python, C++, etc.) is also required. It is also desirable that candidates have expertise in one or more of the following: (i) complex /non-Newtonian liquids; (ii) structure-property relationships, (iii) multiscale modelling, (iv) statistical mechanics and thermodynamics.  Candidates who have experience of working in a multidisciplinary project and working with industry will be particularly welcome

Candidates should already hold or be nearing completion of a Ph.D./D.Phil. or equivalent in an area relevant to the position requirements. 

Job title Research Associate In Neutron/x-ray Scattering
closing date 12th October
Start date 17th October
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Research Associate in Neutron/X-ray Scattering

 
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : Available from 17 October 2017 until 16 October 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
School/Directorate : School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Division : Catalysis and Porous Materials 
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum (depending on experience)
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10659

  

 

Applications are invited for a fully funded 2 year postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) to be conducted in the School’s of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science in the University of Manchester.  In addition, the successful will spend time undertaking experiments at the UK’s neutron facility (ISIS) based in Oxfordshire. This post is part of a large collaborative project involving the University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, ISIS and Unilever and aims to develop an understanding of non-Newtonian fluids used in formulated home and personal care products.  By combining theoretical and experimental methods, the project will obtain an understanding of the relationship between the process history of the materials and their structure-property relationships. 

The PDRA position available at Manchester/ISIS will be to develop in situ neutron and X-ray scattering methods to probe the structure with atomic and molecular resolution as a function of composition, stress and temperature.  In addition, the researcher will work closely with researchers in modelling and process analytics to achieve the overall project objectives. 

 

Applicants should have experience in neutron/X-ray scattering of liquids and relevant modelling of the neutron/X-ray data.  It is also desirable that candidates have expertise in one or more of the following: (i) complex /non-Newtonian liquids; (ii) NMR spectroscopy, (iii) multiscale modelling (iv) small angle X-ray or neutron scattering.  Candidates who have experience of working in a multidisciplinary project and working with industry will be particularly welcome.

Candidates should already hold or be nearing completion of a Ph.D./D.Phil. or equivalent in an area relevant to the position requirements. 

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:  http://www.ceas.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/athena-swan/                                           

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Job title Post-doctoral Fellow In Bioanalytical Chemistry
closing date 15th October
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Duties:
The Soft Matter Science and Support (SMSS) group is responsible for activities within the Partnership for Soft Condensed Matter - a scientific and technical platform supporting ambitious large-scale soft matter research projects related to nanomaterials, environmental and energy sciences, biotechnology and related fields - and the ILL chemistry support laboratories. The SMSS group interacts strongly with the Large Scale Structures (LSS) group, which comprises a range of instruments designed to carry out studies on the structure of matter on a scale of one to hundreds of nanometres. The range of science covered is very broad, from polymer and colloid science through structural molecular biology to materials science and magnetic phenomena [www.ill.fr/lss].
 
Working within the SMSS group and as part of the EC-funded neutron project SINE2020 focusing on chemical deuteration, you will be involved in the:
 
  • Optimization of techniques for the growth of microbes in deuterated media with the assistance of the ILL deuteration lab (D-lab) to obtain lipids and other membrane components (sterols, gangliosides, polysaccharides etc) in their deuterated form.
  • Development of techniques for the extraction, separation and purification of lipids and other membrane components from the prepared biomass.
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the prepared biomass to identify the components and their purity.
  • Participation in physico-chemical and structural characterisation work of reconstructed membranes.
 
The project is being run in collaboration with both European and Grenoble-based laboratories as part of the DEUNET network. These activities are of interest in neutron scattering techniques used for the structural and dynamical characterisation of biomembranes due to the increased contrast obtained through the use of deuteration.
 
The post represents an excellent opportunity for a young scientist to develop expertise, broaden his/her experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world.
 
Qualifications and experience:
PhD in biochemistry, biotechnology, bioanalytical chemistry or physical chemistry or related field.
We are particularly interested in highly motivated candidates with experience in microbiology and the subsequent extraction and purification of biological molecules using chromatographic techniques (eg TLC, HPLC, SPE & GC).
An experience in methods for chemical identification, such as NMR or Mass Spectrometry, would be appreciated.
The knowledge of the lipid composition of biological membranes and the understanding of the role of membrane components is essential.
 
Language skills:
As an international research centre, we are particularly keen to ensure that we also attract applicants from outside France. You must have a sound knowledge of English and be willing to learn French (a language course will be paid for by the ILL). Knowledge of German would be an advantage.
 
Notes:
Post-Doctoral contract of 18 months. Only candidates holding a PhD obtained less than 2 years ago are eligible for post-doctoral positions at the ILL.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the head of the SMSS and LSS groups Dr. Giovanna Fragneto, fragneto@ill.fr (please do not send your application to this address), +33(0)4.76.20.70.62.
 
Benefits:
Generous company benefits (expatriation allowance), relocation assistance and language courses may be offered (for more information, please consult our employment conditions).
 
How to apply:
Please submit your application on line with a list of publications and the names of 3 references, including one from your present work place via our website: www.ill.eu/careers.
The interviews will take place in November 2017.
Job title Beamline Scientist, Bli20
closing date 15th October
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Job Description

I20 is a beamline consisting of two x-ray spectrometers that can operate independently. The I20-scanning branch is based on a high energy resolution scanning spectrometer that provides a very intense photon beam with high spectral purity. This branchline is particularly suited for the study of samples where the species of interest is in very low concentration or is embedded in a very heavy matrix. The beamline is also used to perform high resolution XAS by using an x-ray emission spectrometer. The I20-EDE branch uses a dispersive geometry to collect x-ray absorption spectra with high time resolution, from seconds down to microseconds, so it is appropriate for the study of chemical processes.

It is expected that the Beamline Scientist will help the Principal Beamline Scientist with the maintenance and operation of the I20-scanning branch of the beamline. The successful candidate will also participate in the development and commissioning of new equipment: new instrumentation, novel sample environment devices, etc…. They will be expected to interact positively with the user community and provide a high level of expertise to support visiting research teams using the beamline. The successful applicant should have an independent research program in an area relevant to the beamline. In addition, the successful candidate will also actively participate in the maintenance and operation of the EDE branch of I20.

Working in support of the Principal Beamline Scientist the successful candidate will:

  • Provide scientific support to the designated beamline and the user operation programme;
  • Undertake installation, assembly, commissioning and maintenance of a range of equipment and systems on the beamline and in the associated support laboratories;
  • Procure straightforward beamline components;
  • Liaise with the suppliers of the beamline components;
  • Provide local contact support to I20 users by setting up and then providing advice and guidance on the best approach to experiments, data analysis and research techniques;
  • Develop an independent research programme in an area relevant to the beamline taking advantage of the unique characteristics of I20, and disseminate the results of this research through publications and presentations. As part of this activity, the beamline scientist is also expected to lead the development new instrumentation that will enhance the capabilities of the beamline;
  • Interact positively with the user community;
  • Actively participate in the maintenance and operation of the EDE branch of the beamline.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree or equivalent qualification;
  • PhD degree/Second degree in biology, chemistry, materials science, physics or related discipline;
  • Relevant synchrotron research experience;
  • Experience and knowledge of synchrotrons;
  • Experience and knowledge in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and X-ray Emission techniques;
  • Experience in beamline X-ray optics and X-ray instrumentation, including X-ray detectors;
  • Independent research program in an area relevant to the beamline;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop an independent research program and successful scientific publication record;
  • Good interpersonal, communication  and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff and facility users at all levels, providing a high level of expertise;
  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self motivation;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences;
  • Excellent observational skills;
  • Good organizational and planning skills. 

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Post-doctoral experience in a relevant science area: chemistry, physics, material science;
  • Ability to manage a small team;
  • Experience in other synchrotron based techniques: x-ray diffraction, small angle scattering;
  • Experience of beamline design and construction;
  • Experience in supporting Scientists in the conduct of research in a synchrotron or equivalent facility;
  • Project management experience;
  • Programming skills in Python and Java.

Further Information

  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences.

Applying for employment

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our 'Application Form' page.

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to recruitment@diamond.ac.uk

Job title Postdoctoral Position, Small Angle X-ray Scattering For The Development Of Microstructurally Optimized Carbons For Next Generation Batteries
closing date 16th October
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Postdoctoral Position, Small Angle X-ray Scattering for the Development of Microstructurally Optimized Carbons for Next Generation Batteries

CIC Energigune - Energy Cooperative Research Centre

Miñano Alava, Spain

 

The candidate will join a multidisciplinary and collaborative team of young and talented people having expertise in crystal chemistry, synthesis and electrochemistry to analyze the role of structure and microstructure on the performance of energy storage materials.

The candidate will be hired only if the grant will be achieved and the position. Expected to start at the end of 2018 will have a duration of 2 years. Successful candidates will be hosted at CIC Energigune during the fellowship.

What we offer:

Project description:

The aim of this project is to develop new hard carbon materials to be used in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries, designed from the point of view of their microstructure and with performance beyond current state of the art. To do so, ex-situ and in-situ Small Angle X-ray Scattering will be used to access unprecedented understanding on the charge storage mechanism of hard carbons and its correlation with the microstructure so that the critical microstructural parameters are identified and targeted in the synthesis of advanced carbons for batteries.

What we need:

Candidate profile:

  • PhD in solid state physics, solid state chemistry or materials science;
  • Strong experience in carbon science, diffraction techniques and/or Small Angle Scattering (SAXS or SANS);
  • Experience in solid state chemistry or physics will be highly valued;
  • Additional experience in electrochemistry or complementary morphology/structure analysis techniques is beneficial but not compulsory;
  • Candidates should have also an excellent track record of research;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of Spanish and/or Basque will be considered useful but not compulsory.