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Research Associate in Computational Materials Science / Computational Physics
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-14128

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/07/2019

Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Condensed Matter, Atomic & Biol. Physics

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: Avaialble asap for 2 years

The Condensed Matter Physics group, at the University of Manchester is seeking a Research Associate in Computational Materials Science / Computational Physics, funded by the European Research Council.


The computational project focuses on the study of the dielectric properties of confined and interfacial water using state-of-the-art computational approaches. Such properties are fundamental in influencing water structuring, dynamics and all water-mediated interactions with a major impact in many disciplines, from physics, surface and materials science to chemistry and biology. Yet, they have remained unknown so far for great difficulties in measuring and predicting them. Recent experiments carried out by the group have found that few layers of water confined between van der Waals crystals have anomalous dielectric behaviour (Fumagalli et al. Science 360, 1339-1342, 2018).


The project aims at understanding the origin of such dielectric behaviour and in answering fundamental questions about how water polarizes near surfaces. This is an ambitious research project with a strong interdisciplinary and ground-breaking nature in a vibrant research group in collaboration with the group of Prof. Angelos Michaelides at UCL in London (


You are required to have a PhD or equivalent in physics, chemistry, materials science or a closely related discipline, and be focused on developing and applying theoretical models of dielectric polarization of water under confinement in close relation with the experiments of the group. You will have experience with ab initio methods such as density functional theory molecular dynamics calculations. Experience with problems applied to 2D materials or water research will be considered an asset.


As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Laura Fumagalli


Technical support:


Tel:      0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel:      0161 275 4499

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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