Research Fellow in Complex Materials

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The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the Complex Materials group of Prof. Christoph Salzmann at the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The research group has been awarded a two-million Euro research grant by the European Research Council. Using new and unique experimental approaches, the aim of the CARBONICE project is to investigate the interface and interplay between water and carbon in detail.

This includes studies into the hydration of hydrophobic species, the formation of clathrate hydrates, the nucleation and crystallization of ice at the carbon interface, and water-desorption processes relevant for atmospheric and cometary environments.

The postholder will be required to prepare samples using cryogenic vapour deposition techniques that have been well-established in our lab. Sample characterisation will include a range of diffraction, thermal and spectroscopic techniques at UCL as well as state-of-the-art total scattering techniques at ISIS, the UK’s neutron and muon source.

The appointment will be for 15 months initially, starting October 2021 up until December 2022.

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or about to be awarded a PhD) in Chemistry, Physics or a closely related subject. Expertise with neutron diffraction experiments and the analysis of total scattering data are desirable. They should have an appropriate publication track record, a demonstrated commitment to excellence, and exceptional practical skills.

They will be expected to work in a highly multidisciplinary collaborative team, and have effective written and verbal communication skills in English.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,542 – £33,257 per annum inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

Formal applications require the completion of the online application form and should include a CV, contact details of two referees and publication list as well as a cover letter containing (i) a statement of motivation, and (ii) a description of skills and experiences.

Further details of the research activities of the Complex Materials group at UCL can be found at “”

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Christoph Salzmann (“”

Any queries on the application process can be directed to “”, as we wish to encourage online applications.

Interview Date: tbc

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

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