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Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering. The post holder will be required to carry out computational and analytical theoretical research to help unravel the mechanisms behind nano-confinment effects witnessed experimentally in biological and bio-inspired materials, and to design bio-inspired catalysts and separation systems for chemical, pharmaceutical and medical applications.



The Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering seeks to discover fundamental mechanisms behind desirable features in certain biological systems, like scalability, robustness and efficiency, and apply these to the development of technological solutions to challenges related to sustainability and scalable manufacturing. The Centre utilises the 'nature-inspired chemical engineering' (NICE) methodology developed in the Coppens group and leverages this in collaboration with other relevant UCL Science and Engineering departments.


The post is funded for three years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD in biophysics, physical chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field. Theoretical and computational skills are essential, as is experience in molecular simulations, statistical mechanics and PDE-based modelling.

The post requires excellent communication skills, and the ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences. The successful candidate will be expected to have experience of multi-disciplinary working, including initiating research with a complementary technique.

Further Details

A job description and person specfication can be accessed at the bottom of this page.


To apply for the vacancy, please click on the 'Apply Now' button.


In addition, please attach to your on-line application, a current CV including research experience and a scientific publications list with the contact details of two referees.


If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Arvind Mangat, arvind.mangat@ucl.ac.uk. For formal enquiries, please contact Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens, m.coppens@ucl.ac.uk.

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Closing Date
23 Jul 2014
Latest time for the submission of applications
5 pm
Interview date
To be confirmed
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