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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL12572

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £32,956 - £38,709 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL12572
Date posted: 29-Aug-2017
Closing date: 01-Oct-2017

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Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has a vacancy for 36 months for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant, in the The School of Physics and Astronomy as a result of a successful EPSRC grant under the UK-USA joint research initiatve.

The aim of the project is to perform modelling studies of several glassy materials to be used as new matrices to encapsulate nuclear waste. The modelling will involve extensive classical molecular dynamics simulations. Under the supervision of Dr Kostya Trachenko and Prof Martin Dove, the successful candidate will study structure, dynamical and thermodynamic properties of several systems. This will be done in collaboration with our US partners (University of California, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of Tennessee) who will perform synthesis, structural characterization and thermodynamical analysis. There will be opportunities to travel to the USA to develop and maintain collaborative research with our US partners.

All applicants should have, or be about to gain, a PhD or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or equivalent subject. Experience in appropriate research techniques relevant position are required, as outlined in the job description.

The post is full time and fixed term for 36 months, and is expected to start in late 2017. Starting salary will be in the range of £32,956 to £38,709 per annum inclusive of London Allowance and will incrementally increase in two subsequent years. Benefits include 30 days paid annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Additional Information

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Kostya Trachenko by email to

Further details about the School of Physics and Astronomy, QMUL, can found at

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The closing date for applications is 01 October 2017 and interviews are anticipated to be held very shortly thereafter.

The School of Physics and Astronomy are proud to hold IoP JUNO Champion status and Athena SWAN silver status and have a number of supportive policies in place to facilitate a diverse and inclusive working environment within the school (see for details). The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

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