Assistant Professor in Computational Materials Modelling

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University of Warwick, Coventry
£40,792 - £48,677 per annum
Apr 30, 2019
May 30, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Vacancy Overview
Permanent, Full-Time Position

36.5 hours per week (100% FTE)

The Department of Physics and the School of Engineering are looking to recruit an exceptional individual to contribute to the research and educational goals of the Theoretical Physics Group and Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling (WCPM) , and to play an active role in the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems (HetSys) at Warwick. The Theoretical Physics Group has a strong tradition in materials modelling and involvement with the University's Centre for Scientific Computing (CSC).

WCPM links expertise in multiscale modelling and uncertainty quantification with the development of advanced scientific computing paradigms. This integrative approach enables researchers to work across traditional boundaries to advance fundamental understanding and develop accurate modelling methodologies in support of next generation technologies. HetSys is built around a closely knit, highly collaborative team of academics from five science departments at Warwick and trains people to challenge current state-of-the-art in computational modelling of heterogeneous, 'real world' systems across a range of research themes such as nanoscale devices, new catalysts, superalloys, smart fluids, laser-plasma interactions etc.

We are looking for candidates with outstanding research profiles in relevant areas of scientific computing associated with materials modelling, in particular in molecular dynamics and electronic structure calculations, to contribute strongly to the above activities. Applicants with strong track records of working closely with experimentalists and/or expertise in multiscale modelling, uncertainty quantification, sampling theory, inverse problems and machine learning are particularly encouraged. The successful candidate will have an ability to work across traditional discipline boundaries and multiple departments and an interest in multiscale or multiphysics problems.

Applicants should have an excellent track record in publishing internationally-leading research and a clear vision of how their work will complement our existing research strengths.

The Department of Physics and School of Engineering provide an exciting and highly supportive environment in which academics can develop their careers. At Warwick. Assistant Professor is a tenure track position leading to appointment as Associate Professor after successful completion of probation. The University of Warwick maintains a global outlook, has collaborations around the globe and welcome applicants of all nationalities. We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and encourage applications and enquiries from all suitably qualified candidates.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Julie Staunton or Dr. James Kermode

Interview Date: Week Commencing Monday 24th June

Closing Date: 11:59pm on Wednesday 12th June

Job Description

To undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities in order to develop own career and profile, supporting the work of the Department of Physics and the School of Engineering through involvement with the Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling Heterogeneous Systems (HetSys).



· To pursue internationally-leading research in computational materials modelling and contribute to the research goals of the Warwick Theoretical Physics Group, the Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling, the Department of Physics and the School of Engineering.
· To apply for, negotiate, secure and manage significant levels of research funds through research grants and contracts to the benefit of the individual's or others' research activity and the research standing of the University.
· To manage personal research projects to develop research staff and students, technical and other support staff engaged in research.
· To publish research outcomes in appropriate peer reviewed journals of high international standing, and publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other outlets including at appropriate international academic and professional conferences.
· To engage in external academic activities to enhance the University's national/international research profile. Such activities may include, for example, delivery of research papers at conferences, membership of committees of academic bodies, external examining, participation in knowledge transfer, development of industrial links and other related activities, and journal editorships.
· To ensure the results of the research contribute to the research impact agenda, through for example, engagement with industry, the development of intellectual property, public outreach activities, or the contribution to science policy.
· To contribute to research plans and strategies. This includes providing such information as may be required by each Department to monitor the progress of each member of staff's research programme and to support the Departments and University fully in the preparation of material required for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) or similar activities.


· To teach and supervise at undergraduate and all postgraduate levels.
· To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other theoretical or practical classes as appropriate in support of the required teaching obligations and to supervise project work by postgraduate and undergraduate students, working as part of the teaching team.
· Develop and apply appropriate teaching techniques and materials, which may be novel or innovative, which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students. This will include contribution to regular reflection on the enhancement of departmental curricula.
· Undertake curriculum design and deliver material across a range of programmes of study at various levels, using appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods, reviewing and improving as required.
· Supervise research students (PhD, M Phil, MSc).

Administration and other activities

· To undertake such specific roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Departments.
· Take responsibility for academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.
· Co-ordinate and undertake pastoral support for students within the programme, course or modules for which the post holder is responsible, liaising where necessary with other University agencies such as the Dean of Students' Office.
· Contribute to efficient management and administration by performing administrative duties as may be reasonably required by the Heads of departments and by taking on appropriate departmental responsibilities. Such duties may include, for example, Head of Teaching Programme, Admissions Officer or Year Head.
· Provide leadership to those working within programme areas, as course leader or equivalent, by for example co-ordinating the work of others to ensure that courses are delivered effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work plans.
· Contribute to the development of teams and individuals through the appraisal system and by providing advice on personal development.
· Act as a personal mentor to peers and colleagues.
· To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups within the Departments, Faculty of Science and University.
· To engage in continuous professional development.

The duties and responsibilities outlines are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will be required to be flexible in their duties. Due to the nature of the job, this role may require travel throughout the world.

Person Specification

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
PhD or equivalent qualification in any area of Physical Sciences or Engineering. (a)

Essential Criteria 2
Outstanding research profile within computational materials modelling. (a)

Essential Criteria 3
In-depth understanding of own specialism to enable the development of new knowledge and understanding within the field. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 4
Proven ability in research and/or scholarship, evidenced by published work at international level, in fields relevant to computational materials modelling, for example molecular dynamics and electronic structure calculations. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 5
A track record of working closely with experimentalists and/or proven ability to work across traditional discipline boundaries with an interest in predictive multiscale modelling; (continued below...)

Essential Criteria 6
for example, multiscale modelling, uncertainty quantification, sampling theory, machine learning. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 7
Appreciation of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of teaching and research. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 8
A track record of success or strong potential for generating external funding (grants, contracts etc) to support research projects. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 9
Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills , both verbally and in writing. (a) (c) (d)

Desirable Criteria 1
Proven ability in Teaching and research supervision experience at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level. Ability to use a range of delivery techniques to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students and inspire them to learn. (a) (c) (d)

Desirable Criteria 2
Ability to initiate development in the curriculum and to take responsibility for the effective and efficient delivery of teaching programmes developing appropriate assessment techniques. (a) (c) (d)

Desirable Criteria 3
Experience of working with multi-discipline teams, across Departments. (a) (c) (d)

Desirable Criteria 4
Ability to evidence extensive high performance computing skills (a) (c) (d)

Further Particulars
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Closing Date
12 Jun 2019