Research Fellow (104291 – 0821) . Job Reference: 1878511
University Of Warwick
Vacancy Type/Job category
£30,942 – £40,322 per annum
University of Warwick – Coventry
Full-time, Fixed-term for up to 24 months We encourage flexible and/or hybrid working patterns Start Date – 1 January 2022
We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the research group of Dr Gabriele Sosso (https: // sossogroup.uk and @SossoGroup) to work on a BBSRC-funded project titled:
“Understanding Ice Formation in Plants: finding new routes to freezing tolerance”
This is an ambitious, high-impact computational project that will develop in a synergistic fashion with our experimental collaborators, Dr Heather Knight and Dr Tim Hawking (University of Durham). Details are available at https: // sossogroup.uk/understanding-ice-formation-in-plants-postdoc-position- now-available/. In short, the research involves using (atomistic) classical molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the formation of ice through the plants cell wall. In particular, we seek to assess the impact of the extent of the cross-linking within the building blocks of the cell wall on the kinetics of ice growth. Enhanced sampling techniques as well as coarse-grained approaches might also be involved at the later stages of the project. This is a unique opportunity to work at boundaries between physical chemistry and biology, in a research group with a very prominent profile in the ice community and guided by the outstanding support of our experimental collaborators.
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Gabriele Sosso at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942).
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Interview Date – TBC
You will undertake computational research in order to support the BBSRC-funded project “Understanding Ice Formation in Plants”, by designing, performing and analysing molecular simulations in collaboration with selected experimental partners. You will assist the Project Leader and collaborators in the successful delivery of the project.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
1. Deliver the programme of work, in conjunction with the Project Leader, their research group and their collaborators.
2. Design, perform, validate, and analyse molecular simulations, by means of high-performance computing facilities and by developing computer code where needed.
3. Disseminate the findings of the research project by means of publications in international, peer-reviewed journals, as well as selected scientific meetings.
4. Contribute to the wellbeing and the development of the SossoGroup as an active, reliable member of the team, with special emphasis on the progress of PhD and MChem students.
5. Contribute to the development of new computational models, techniques and methodologies.
6. Undertake management/administration tasks arising from research.
7. Contribute to Department research-related activities and research-related administration.
8. Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
9. Engage effectively with the experimental collaborators in Durham.
10. Promote equality and diversity, by acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.
11. Act with professionalism at all times and show respect to their colleagues and to understand and adhere to the University’s value of dignity at work; work collegially and to support all the teams with which you have contact in achieving the University’s objectives.
12. Any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or training.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
A PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or any related discipline. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
A strong background in molecular simulations. (a) (b) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 3
Excellent Linux and coding skills (Fortran/C++/Python). (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 4
An ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and administrative colleagues, and with colleagues outside the University to promote collegiality. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 5
Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability to contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme. (c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience with large-scale biomolecular simulations, including the development and/or validation of atomistic and/or coarse-grained force fields. (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience in the field of crystal nucleation and growth. (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 3
Experience with high-performance computing facilities. (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 4
Experience with collaborative research projects. (a) (c) (d)
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