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Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Green Fuels (Computational)

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available to investigate and develop novel green fuels based on ionic liquids (IL) and deep eutectic solvents (DES).

This post is computational in nature, and will involve quantum chemical calculation of ions, ion-pairs and clusters of ILs and DES. You will analyse conformers, investigate electronic structure and bonding (MOs, QTAIM, NBO, ChelpG, NCIPlot), and compute reaction paths to elucidate reaction mechanisms.

Candidates will require a PhD in Physical Chemistry or a closely related Physics, Materials or Engineering discipline or equivalent experience. Relevant experience in the application of molecular quantum chemical methods and a good background understanding of quantum mechanics is important. It will be an advantage to have experience of DFT and higher level ab-initio methods, computing reaction mechanisms, computational experience of ILs or DES and/or to have Unix/Linux scripting experience.

You will need to demonstrate an excellent standard of spoken English, to enable communication and presentation their research. Candidates will also need developed logic and writing skills in order to prepare research reports and to write high quality articles for publication.

The position is open from 7th Jan 2019 and contract duration is ASAP until 31st Dec 2019 with a possible extension into 2020. Application is online through the Imperial College HR jobs portal

General Opportunities:

Post doctoral and Doctoral researchers with their own funding are encouraged to apply for a position within the research group

Post Doc

  • we encourage fellowship applications to work within the group
  • if no funded Post-Doc Positions are currently available within the group, please check back regularly as new positions will be advertised as they become available


  • we are always on the lookout for outstanding young researchers. You should have a first class degree in a relevant subject: chemistry, physics, or engineering
  • a PhD can be funded by an Imperial scholarship, by the applicant obtaining their own scholarship, through research program occasional funding and through the Imperial Doctoral Training Centers:
    • a link to Imperial PhD Scholarship information
    • a link to the doctoral training centers information each DTC has their own application procedures
    • funded positions within the group will be advertised here as they become available, please check back regularly

Undergraduate Opportunites

  • UK students Students who wish to "have a go" or want to find out more about theoretical or computational chemistry are welcome to apply for a summer placement. There is a minimium duration of 8 weeks and a maximium duration of 12 weeks. Students having just completed their 3rd year of study are preferred although students having just finished their 2nd year will also be considered.
  • If you need to apply for funding it is best to enquire early in Janurary so that applications can be made to funding bodies. The department has a policy that all applicants must apply to the department first, which will support a limited number of applications for the RSC bursary, before allowing candidates to be considered for other bursaries. Information on the RSC and Nuffield Foundation bursary applications
  • Summer placements are all organised through Imperial's own Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program called UROP. Imperial students can apply for a bursary. The closing date to contact Dr Hunt is 1st February. Imperial UROP bursary information and forms
  • EU students can apply for a placement of 3 months or longer. The Erasmus program allows students in the European Community to spend some time at other universities during their studies. More information can be found on the British Council web-site Imperial only has a receiprocal arrangement with certain universities, please check FIRST that your university is one of these.
  • World students unfortunately we have no funding for non-EU nationals, please only apply if you have or can secure your own funding. If you contact me it is essential to detail your arrangements for fee payment and financial support during your stay in London. Those applications which fail to do this will not be considered.