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PhD and Research Assistant positions in Huddersfield

par Secretaire - 21 février 2018

Research Assistant in Computational Materials Science, University of Huddersfield £26,737 - £32,848

Fixed term appointment for 15 months, Full time, Ref : R3515

Applications are invited for a research position within the materials modelling group of Dr Marco Molinari in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Huddersfield. You will carry out computational studies of metal oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications. This work will link up with collaborative studies of Dr Dean Sayle (University of Kent) and Prof. Sudipta Seal (University of Central Florida, US), and is part of the EPSRC Grant on Computational Design and Engineering of Metal Oxide Nanozymes. The research project will apply advanced computational techniques based on Density Functional Theory to study surface composition, stability, and catalytic activities of metal oxide materials for biomedical applications. The post is funded by EPSRC. It is available for a period of 15 months and will start on 1 June 2018 or soon thereafter. You should have, or be about to obtain, or received notification of unconditional approval of a PhD in computational chemistry, physics, materials science or a related discipline. Experience in computational materials science (or other relevant disciplines), and Density Functional Theory are essential requirements for this role.

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Dr Marco Molinari, phone : (0044) 01484-472973, email :, ORCID :

For further details about this post and to make an application please visit

Closing Date : 12 March 2018, Interview Date : 10 April 2018

Computational PhD Studentship, University of Huddersfield

Modelling the Radiolytic Corrosion of Nuclear Fuel

Nuclear energy plays an important role in providing clean sustainable energy, mitigating the risk of climate change. Despite safety concerns, growing consensus sees the long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel in deep-underground repositories. Dissociation of water, caused by nuclear radiation, occurs when groundwater interacts with nuclear fuel. This produces reactive oxygen species that cause oxidation of the fuel, and the release of soluble species and radionuclides into the environment, posing a threat to the ecosystem. The project’s vision seeks the development of models for the radiolytic corrosion of spent fuel using computer modelling, to reliably describe and predict the structure and reactivity of actinide materials in contact with water. This will therefore improve our ability to predict the long-term behaviour of spent fuel.

Funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership with the University of Huddersfield. Fully funded PhD including tax-free stipend starting from £14,777 for the duration of 3 years. All tuition fees paid for the 3 year period. Deadline for application : 30 June 2018 Start Date : October 2018

Project 1 – Link : If you wish to discuss any details of the project, please contact Dr Marco Molinari –

Application Details Completed applications, including all relevant documents requested above should be submitted via-email to 1) Complete the Studentship Application Form 2) Provide a current detailed CV, identifying any research employment or experience and, where applicable, details of research conference presentations or publications. 3) Provide copies of transcripts and certificates of all relevant academic and/or any professional qualifications.