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Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

This post is available for 34 months from 1 July 2018 to work in the field of Computational modelling of irradiation processes in biological matter.

The successful candidate will be part of the “ESC2RAD: Enabling Smart Computations to study space RADiation effects” project funded by the European Commission through a Research and Innovation Action. The partnership involves Dr Fabiana da Pieve and Dr Edith Botek, at BIRA – Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomie (Belgium), Professor Emilio Artacho, at Nanogune and DIPC in San Sebastián (Spain), and Professor Jorge Kohanoff at Queen’s University Belfast (UK).

The project aims at developing a next-generation space radiation predictive tool based on the combination of Space environment tools and first-principles approaches from the materials science/chemical physics community. The role of the postdoc based will be to calculate electronic stopping power in DNA models using TDDFT for a variety of ions present in cosmic radiation, and to study damage (bond breaking) due to reactive species generated by irradiation using mostly first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. The ultimate goal is to define damage descriptors that can be incorporated into the Space environment tools. This will be done in collaboration with the Belgian colleagues, using Monte Carlo track simulation tools like Geant4.

The successful candidate must have:

  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry or related subject. Must be in possession of the qualification by the commencement date.
  • Relevant postdoctoral research experience
  • Experience in electronic structure methods and computer simulation
  • Publication record in international refereed journals, commensurate with career

Informal enquires may be directed to Professor. Jorge Kohanoff, email: j.kohanoff@qub.ac.uk

Anticipated interview date: Monday 11 June 2018    

For full criteria and to apply online, visit www.qub.ac.uk/jobs. For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on HR@qub.ac.uk

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as people with disabilities and females are currently under-represented in this particular category of work, it would particularly welcome applications from these groups.


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