Academic Supervisor: Professor Philip J. Camp, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
Industrial Supervisor: Dr Beatrice N. Cattoz and Professor Peter J. Dowding, Infineum UK Ltd
A 42-month PhD studentship, funded by Infineum UK Ltd and EPSRC, is available in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Professor Philip J. Camp, Dr Beatrice N. Cattoz, and Professor Peter J. Dowding. The project will involve atomistic molecular-dynamics simulations of surfactant-like molecules in the bulk-liquid phase and at liquid-solid interfaces under quiescent and shear conditions. The particular focus is the self-assembly, adsorption, rheology, and tribological properties of surfactant-like additives in oil-based lubricants. The simulations will be used to calculate structural and dynamical properties to complement tribological and neutron/X-ray scattering/reflectivity experiments coordinated by Infineum, and to feed in to the development of new molecules. The student will work within an Infineum network involving two other UK universities. The project will incorporate an induction and an internship at Infineum, and the opportunity for participation in experiments at central facilities.
A full description of the Edinburgh group’s activities and published work is given here: http://www.molsim.chem.ed.ac.uk/
The successful candidate will possess, or expect to obtain, a first or upper-second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, or chemical engineering. Essential qualities include strong numerical skills, a basic knowledge of statistical thermodynamics and the properties of matter, and familiarity with a programming language such as C/C++, Fortran, or Python. Some prior experience or exposure to molecular-simulation techniques and an interest in GPU computing are desirable. Other essential attributes are good presentation and communication skills (written and oral). In the first instance, informal enquiries (accompanied by a CV) should be directed to:
Professor Philip J. Camp
School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, David Brewster Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FJ, Scotland
Tel: +44 131 650 4763
E-mail: [email protected]
Formal applications are made through the University’s EUCLID system, as outlined here: http://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/studying/phd/applications-and-entry-requirements
The position will remain open until filled.
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