Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical and Computational Photochemistry

Durham, United Kingdom
£33797 - £35845 per annum
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 29 April 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical and Computational Photochemistry with a particular emphasis on the photochemistry of atmospheric volatile organic compounds. The research project SINDAM (Sunlight-Induced Nonadiabatic Dynamics of Atmospheric Molecules) is an ERC Starting Grant awarded to Dr Basile Curchod and aims at investigating the importance of photochemical processes for transient volatile organic compounds and developing theoretical and computational strategies for this purpose.

The successful applicant will be expected to work on the development of an automated tool for predicting the photoabsorption cross-section of transient volatile organic compounds


  • To understand and convey material of a specialist or highly technical nature to the team or group of people through presentations and discussions that leads to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications.
  • To prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to audiences which may include: research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences.
  • To publish high quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • To assist with the development of research objectives and proposals.
  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • To work with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and other colleagues in the research group, as appropriate, to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.
  • To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and offering creative or innovative solutions.
  • To liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration.
  • To plan and manage own research activity, research resources in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of research projects.
  • To deliver training in research techniques/approaches to peers, visitors and students as appropriate.
  • To be involved in student supervision, as appropriate, and assist with the assessment of the knowledge of students.
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • To engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • To engage in continuing professional development by participation in the undergraduate or postgraduate teaching programmes or by membership of departmental committees, etc. and by attending relevant training and development courses.

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