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Post Doctoral Fellow in amorphous and polymer materials modeling and simulation
The University of Alabama

Date Posted Aug. 13, 2020
Title Post Doctoral Fellow in amorphous and polymer materials modeling and simulation
University The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
Department Chemical and Biological Engineering
Application Deadline Oct. 1, 2020
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Polymer Science

The Turner Lab at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL, USA) is seeking multiple post-doctoral students to work on modeling projects related to computational materials design. The projects involve molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, Monte Carlo (MC) methods, and the development of advanced kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulation tools, so strong programming skills and previous computational experience are required. Post-doctoral scholars will be provided with a highly-competitive annual salary. A Ph.D. in chemical engineering or a closely related field is required, as well as extensive experience in molecular simulations.

The first project involves molecular-level simulations of polymer membranes for industrial gas separation. The polymer materials involve advanced ionic polymers, as well the combination of these polymers with different ionic liquid compounds. The materials are being developed in close collaboration with the experimental synthesis work, so there are many opportunities for real-world applications of the modeling investigations.

The second project is focused on developing KMC-based techniques for generating amorphous materials. By combining KMC and classical MD simulations, several different material platforms are being investigated, including the design of activated carbons for adsorption applications and amorphous thin films for barrier applications. The work is being performed in tandem with industrial sponsorship, so there are excellent opportunities for interacting with industry.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a cover letter as a single PDF document to: Prof. C. Heath Turner (

  • The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.

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Contact Information

  • C. Heath Turner
    Chemical and Biological Engineering
    The University of Alabama
    Box 870203
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
  • 205-348-1733


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