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29 May 2013
Melting curves of alkali metals from first principles calculations.
A 4-year studentship is available in the UCL Earth Sciences Department to work with Professor Dario Alfè on a computer simulation project to calculate the melting curves of potassium and other alkali metals as function of pressure. The project will require the application of both electronic structure techniques and classical molecular dynamics simulations to compute the free energies of solid and liquid phases. Alternative approaches to the calculation of melting properties will be employed.
The successful applicant will have a good degree in a relevant subject, e.g. physics, chemistry, or materials science, and an interest in computational research. Experience of computer modelling is desirable.
This is an EngD studentship offered under the Industry Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling & Materials Science run by Chemistry. The main sponsor is EPSRC, and the industrial partner is AWE.
To apply, please email an up-to-date CV to Professor Dario Alfè, email@example.com, who may also be approached for informal enquiries. Please note that due to funding restrictions only UK/EU citizens, who are ordinarily resident in the UK, are eligible for this studentship.