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Research Associate in Theoretical Chemistry/Physics
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-14952

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/01/2020

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Department: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Chemistry

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: From 1 February 2020 until 31 January 2023

An ERC-funded Research Associate position is available to undertake research in the field of molecular magnetism and vibronic coupling. This position is part of the “ContraVib: Chemical Control of Vibronic Coupling for Magnetic Materials” project, that seeks to use high quality physical measurements and state-of-the-art computational techniques to develop guidelines for the chemical control of vibronic coupling. You will join the multidisciplinary Chilton group at The University of Manchester in the UK, and tackle the elementary questions of: how can molecular vibronic coupling be controlled and how can it be exploited?

Relevant publications:

•    Goodwin et al., Molecular magnetic hysteresis at 60 kelvin in dysprosocenium, Nature, 2017, 548, 439.
•    Ding et al., Field- and temperature-dependent quantum tunnelling of the magnetisation in a large barrier single-molecule magnet, Nature Commun., 2018, 9, 3134.
•    F. Ortu et al., Studies of Hysteresis and Quantum Tunnelling of the Magnetisation in Dysprosium(III) Single Molecule Magnets, Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 8541.
•    Evans et al., A Bis-Monophospholyl Dysprosium Cation Showing Magnetic Hysteresis at 48 Kelvin, ChemRxiv, 2019, preprint.

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD or equivalent in chemistry, physics or related subject. Expertise in either correlated electronic structure methods or open quantum systems is essential. Experience in both areas, and/or molecular magnetism and/or lattice dynamics, is desirable. High quality training will be provided in the computational techniques and background theory where needed. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a junior research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

The start date is 1st February 2020, or soon after, and the position is available for 36 months; extensions to the post up to 60 months may be available.

The Department of Chemistry is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The Department 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 to achieve a good work-life balance.  We particularly welcome applications from women for this post, who are currently under-represented at this grade. Appointment will always be made on merit.  For further information, please visit:
The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.
Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Dr Nicholas Chilton

General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

Please see link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria that you should address in your application.


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