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Date: Mon Nov 13 06:12:38 2017
Subject: 17.11.13 PhD studentship "First principles molecular dynamics simulation of electron transfer across solid/liquid interfaces", University College London, UK
A PhD studentship is available to work under the supervision of 
Professor Jochen Blumberger at the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 
Laboratory, University College London, UK. The project involves the 
development and application of first principles molecular dynamics
methods for the simulation of electron transfer across solid/liquid 
interfaces. Such reactions are at the heart of pressing societal and 
environmental issues such as artificial photosynthesis and solar fuel 
production, decontamination of soil and geochemical transformations. 
In the project we will adopt and further develop a dedicated density 
functional theory-based method to compute the parameters governing 
electron transfer reactions between redox active solvated species and 
semiconducting electrode materials. This will give us access to a detailed atomistic
understanding of the thermodynamics, kinetics and mechanism of interfacial 
redox processes underpinning the rational design of improved electrode 
materials for energy applications and the geochemical cycling of metal
ions. Access to high performance computing facilities will be provided. 
Interested candidates may want to take a look at recent group publications
in the field, listed on the group website http://www.blumberger.net.

Highly motivated students from Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science 
Departments are strongly encouraged to apply for this post. Due to funding
restrictions only UK or EU citizens are eligible to apply. The candidate 
should have, or be about to receive, an honours degree (at least II.1 or 
equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry or a related subject. Good knowledge in 
quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics is expected and interest in 
writing computer code and shell scripts is an advantage. Some experience 
with molecular simulation is desirable, but not essential. The studentship
will cover all university fees and includes funds for maintenance
at the standard EPSRC rate. The studentship will start 1. October 2018.

Applications should include (i) a motivation statement (250 words max) 
briefly describing any previous research projects you worked on and why 
you would like to apply for this post (ii) a CV (2 pages max) including 
publications (if any) (iii) transcripts of undergraduate (Bachelor) and 
graduate (Master) studies (iv) names, contact details and email addresses
of 2 referees. Please send these four application documents as a single 
zip file to Jochen Blumberger, j.blumberger-x-ucl.ac.uk specifying in the 
subject line PhD application. Candidates are advised to apply as early 
as possible as the selection process will commence immediately and continue
until a suitable applicant is found. All applications received until
31. December 2017 will be considered.

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Jochen Blumberger,
j.blumberger-x-ucl.ac.uk. For any administrative queries regarding the 
application process, please contact James Gane, james.gane-x-ucl.ac.uk.

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