Vacancies

Vacancies

The following positions are available in the Materials and Catalysis Modeling group based in the Bernal Institute and Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Limerick.

We are always seeking talented coworkers at the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral level. The available PhD- and postdoctoral positions and a possible scientific profile are given below, however, anybody who is self-motivated and interested in computational (electro)catalysis and molecular modeling is encouraged to contact Matthias Vandichel at matthias.vandichel@ul.ie.

1) PhD & Postdoc positions in computational electrocatalysis

The Materials and Catalysis Modeling group of the University of Limerick (UL, Ireland) is looking for outstanding candidates for PhD and postdoc positions in computational electrochemistry to study metal-hydride materials and electrochemical reactions at material interfaces. Applicants are invited to apply for the above posts (starting date; as soon as possible). The positions will be initially funded through a FET-proactive project, in which UL is part of a European consortium on ‘Breakthrough zero-emissions heat generation with hydrogen-metal systems’ (HERMES) involving 7 EU partners. Computational electrocatalysis screening studies will be performed involving a variety of modelling techniques.

Applicants may have a background in Physics, Theoretical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Physics Engineering, or equivalent degrees. Knowledge in computational material science, computational chemistry or equivalent computational experience is desired as well as good communication and interpersonal skills. The research involves interdisciplinary collaborations where the aim is to gain a computational understanding of phenomena taking place on the nanoscale to rationalize experimental observations. Experience with electronic structure packages (VASP, CP2K, quantum espresso, etc.), computational workflows and programming background (for example Python, Julia, Jupyter, etc.) will undoubtedly be useful for PhD-positions and is desirable for the Postdoc position.

2) Positions can be opened on molecular modeling of adsorption and separation phenomena in porous materials.

Adsorption in innovative porous materials developed in Prof. Zaworotko’s lab will be studied using computational methods, which will include ab initio thermodynamics, molecular dynamics simulations, Grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations, force field development using machine learning methods, and other techniques.

3) There are several other opportunities via externally funded fellowships

Interested candidates can obtain their own fellowship by applying to external funding agencies. If you are interested in working with us and would like to apply for postdoctoral or PhD fellowships below, feel free to contact Matthias Vandichel (mattthias.vandichel@ul.ie).

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Applicants may have a background in Chemical Engineering or Materials Engineering, Physics Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or equivalent degrees. A background in computational material science, computational chemistry or equivalent computational experience is desired as well as good communication and interpersonal skills. The research will certainly involve interdisciplinary collaborations and the aim is to gain computational understanding of phenomena taking place on the nanoscale and being able to explain experimental observations.

Experience with first-principles program packages, computational workflows and programming background (for example Python, Julia, Jupyter, etc.) will certainly be useful for PhD-positions and is desirable for Postdoc positions.

Interested candidates can send their resume and short introduction letter to matthias.vandichel@ul.ie.

For the PhD-positions, I will review of the applications immediately and continue the recruitment until the positions are filled. There are currently no postdoctoral vacancies advertised (https://www.ul.ie/hr/), however, applications for personal fellowships (see LEFT) can be supported.