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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL16687

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £33,615-£39,483 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL16687
Date posted: 09-Nov-2018
Closing date: 25-Nov-2018

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Queen Mary is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused universities. With over 20,000 students, it is amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London. Queen Mary’s 4,000 staff teach and research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, and Medicine and Dentistry.

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with approximately 70 academic staff and 45 postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. Circa 40 administrative and technical staff support the staff and students. The staff and student body are international in make-up. The School is partway through a refurbishment project that is upgrading research and teaching space. The School holds a departmental-level Bronze Athena SWAN award and is committed to equality of opportunity.

About the role

The postdoctoral research assistant (PDRA) will carry out research on the fluid dynamics of liquids interacting with rigid or flexible 2D nanomaterials (e.g. graphene nanosheets) within the aim to understand i) how fluid forces affect the nanosheet rotational and deformation dynamics; ii) how the liquid can intercalate between layers in multi-layer 2D materials under flow conditions, potentially giving rise to exfoliation of 2D materials layers.

The successful candidate will have a solid background in fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, possess a proven ability to develop Molecular Dynamics and/or multiscale simulations to study the interaction of liquids with molecular surfaces (ideally under non-equilibrium conditions), and have relevant publications in this area. The candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, or related engineering or science discipline (or be close to obtain the PhD title by the start of the project).

The project is funded by the ERC project FlexNanoFlow. For further information on the ERC project, see

For further details of the role and selection criteria please refer to the job specification attached.

The post is a full time (35 hours per week), permanent appointment, with an expected start date of Feb 1 2019. Starting salary will be in the range of £33,615 - £39,483 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan. The post is initially for 2 years, with the possibility for extensions.

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 Lorenzo Botto at

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The closing date for applications is 25 November 2018. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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