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Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Complex Fluids for Industry

   School of Chemistry

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  Prof Philip Camp  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Project Summary

The project is partly funded by bp, and will be jointly supervised with Dr Laura Felisari (bp) and Professor Colin R. Pulham (Edinburgh). The PhD student will carry out molecular-dynamics (MD) simulations of complex fluids in bulk and at interfaces to underpin product development at bp, and support experimental research carried out by bp’s network of academic collaborators. This will include work with Professor Stuart M. Clarke (Cambridge) and Professor Ardian Morina (Leeds) on using MD simulations to complement experiments on additive self-assembly, adsorption, rheology, and tribology. There will also be opportunities to work closely with Professor Pulham’s group on high-pressure chemistry, and heat conduction. The research will be supported by bp’s Center for High-Performance Computing in Houston, USA.

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. They must have at least basic knowledge of statistical mechanics, the properties of condensed matter, numerical methods, and computing. Effective communication and presentation skills (written and oral) are essential. Prior exposure to molecular-simulation techniques is desirable.

Key Words: Fluid Dynamics, Condensed Matter Physics

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. Email: [Email Address Removed]

The position will remain open until filled.

Equality and Diversity

The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. The University is a member of the Race Equality Charter and is a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information. University Initiatives website:

Funding Notes

A PhD studentship is available in the group of Professor Philip J. Camp in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh ( The studentship is fully funded for 48 months by bp and the University of Edinburgh, and covers tuition fees and an annual stipend (~ £15,609 per annum) for a candidate satisfying EPSRC residency criteria.

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