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Post-doctoral Research Associate in Computational Chemical Engineering

29th July, 2014

A post-doctoral research associate position is available in the Computational Modelling Group, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Prof. Markus Kraft. The project aims at investigating the formation of carbonaceous deposits within internal combustion engines by means of a variety of modelling techniques. This will involve developing and applying gas-phase combustion kinetic models and detailed population balance soot models, with particular emphasis on the role of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Parametric and sensitivity studies will be performed to investigate the effects of multiple surfaces, fuels, lubricants, and additives. In addition, modelling efforts may also be extended to high-temperature surface reactions (coking) in refineries. The project is part of a five-member consortium led by BP and will require close interaction with other researchers. In particular, this includes validation against experimental data, and obtaining input from and providing input to molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), and reactive force field (ReaxFF) calculations.

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Applicants must have:

  • A PhD degree in a relevant discipline such as chemistry, physics, or chemical engineering with a substantial computational component (essential).
  • A keen interest in computational modelling, as well as strong numerical and programming skills (essential).
  • An outstanding publication record in at least one of the research areas concerned (essential).
  • Experience with supervision of Masters-level and final-year undergraduate research projects (desirable).