Computational Scientist

A 2-year postdoctoral position is offered at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory by the Scientific Computing Department and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.

This is a great opportunity for a computational scientist to work on research projects with the the muon spectroscopy community.  Muon spectroscopy is a powerful experimental technique that has the ability to probe the local structure and magnetic environment.  Application areas include unconventional superconductivity, quantum magnetism, semiconductor physics and charge transport.  This highly active community has great demand for computational modelling, particularly in the area of muon stopping sites - essentially the formation of a hydrogen-like defect.  The determination of these stopping sites and the influence of the muon on its local environment is required to fully understand and interpret experimental data.

You will be part of the Theoretical and Computational Physics Group in STFC’s internationally recognised Scientific Computing Department.  This group supports a number of scientific communities in the development, maintenance and training for computational modelling codes mostly based around electronic structure methods.  Software for atomic and molecular physics and plasma physics are also supported.

Your responsibilities will include the development and deployment of computational tools for the muon spectroscopy community, centred on density functional theory and the CASTEP code.  Particular emphasis will be on the use of Ab Initio Random Structure Searching (AIRSS) in the determination of muon stopping sites.  You will be expected to interact with leading experimental and computational groups and to participate in research collaborations leading to scientific publications.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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