|CCL 18.06.07 Two postdoctoral positions, molecular simulations for lubrication, Prague, CZ|
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Date: Thu Jun 7 07:37:50 2018
Subject: 18.06.07 Two postdoctoral positions, molecular simulations for lubrication, Prague, CZ
Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Fellows in the Advanced Materials Group (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague) to work on the application of computational methods to the study of sliding contact properties of various materials. SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT: The project core objective is reduction of friction by simulated-aided design of nanostructured materials. We will explore the interactions of surfaces with additives, contaminants, and pioneering novel tribological systems with water as a lubricant. The project is carried out in close collaboration with a world-leading industrial partner and combines different theoretical approaches in order to allow a rational design of surfaces and lubricants for automotive applications. Experimental validations of the in-silico predictions are also planned. The project will also link activities at the Czech Technical University in Prague with the University of Southampton, UK. OBJECTIVES: The final goal is to study the frictional behavior of complex surfaces (e.g., metal, oxides, ceramics, etc.) and their interaction with selected molecules (i.e., water, oils, oil additives etc.) by means of classical molecular dynamics simulations. In particular, one position will deal with the study of the interaction of selected oil molecules with specific oxide surfaces, whilst the other position is more oriented toward the understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying the interaction of carbon-based materials with selected tribological additives. Both crystalline and defective surfaces will be object of study. JOB REQUIREMENTS: Successful candidates must have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or closely related disciplines. Experience with classical molecular dynamics simulations (using LAMMPS package preferably) is mandatory. Previous experience on the development of classical force fields and/or with the QM/MM method represents a plus. Researchers are expected to perform calculations on Linux-based HPC centers. Good knowledge of English, both written and oral, is compulsory. ABOUT THE GROUP: Advanced Materials Group is formed of experimentalists and computationalists working on coatings and low-dimensional systems for various applications. The group is well-established and consists of dynamic and motivated researchers leading international collaborations on broad interdisciplinary topics. In case of exceptional achievements, postdocs can be promoted to assistant professor (tenure track). CONTRACT DETAILS: The salary is competitive (approx. 25,000 EUR/year plus employer bonus). The positions are initially for 2 years and can be prolonged upon mutual agreement. Project duration is 5 years. HOW TO APPLY: The call is open immediately and the position will be filled as soon as a proper candidate is found the starting date is expected to be no later than Q4/2018. Applications must include a brief description of research interests and relevant experience, a CV with publications, and at least two letters of recommendation of academic referees. Inquiries and applications shall be sent to: advamat*_*fel.cvut.czNOTE THAT E-MAIL ADDRESSES HAVE BEEN MODIFIED!!!
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