Join the ICE Group

We are always interested in receiving applications to join our group from highly qualified and talented candidates wishing to carry out post-doctoral or PhD studies with us. Joining us means having the opportunity to work in a friendly and engaging research group, enjoy the vibrancy of central London, and not to mention partake in highly relevant and top quality science.

Research with the ICE group involves computer simulations of catalytic and environmental interfaces, aiming at reaching fundamental new understanding of elementary processes at such interfaces (more about the research interests).

The following funded positions are available at present:

 Open Postdoc position: Methane activation at single atom alloys

 The position involves application of density functional theory and kinetic Monte Carlo approaches to study catalytically relevant surface reactions, in particular methane activation and carbon-carbon-coupling at highly dilute bimetallic alloys. The project will be done in collaboration with Dr Michail Stamatakis and the experimental group of Prof. Charlie Sykes. More details can be found in this link.

 2 PhD positions available: Applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand the formation of ice

Ice formation is one of the most common phase transitions on Earth. It is relevant to an enormous variety of phenomena such as weathering, cloud formation, airline safety, and energy. However, despite having been studied since antiquity, our molecular level understanding of ice formation is very poor. In particular, almost all ice formation in nature is aided by impurities or the surfaces of foreign materials, yet how surfaces act to facilitate ice formation (heterogeneous ice nucleation) is unclear. Given the ubiquity of ice nucleation, this is arguably one of the biggest unsolved problems in the physical sciences. The PhD projects will focus on applying and developing computer simulation approaches to better understand ice formation on solid substrates. The overall aim is to establish what makes a material good or bad at nucleating ice. The results from this project will not only shed light on an important everyday process but may also help to improve climate models and develop improved cloud seeding materials, or inhibitor coatings for industrial purposes (or maybe even better tasting ice cream!).

The successful applicants will work as part of an international interdisciplinary group, with plenty of opportunities to work closely with the other team members on the project and for international travel to conferences and to collaborators.

Applicants should have (or expect by September 2018) at least a 2.1 MSci (or the equivalent from a non-UK university) in physics, chemistry, materials or a related discipline.

The positions provide funding (stipend and tuition fees) for UK and EU students. However, to be eligible the candidate must have resided in the UK for three years prior to September 2018.

Initial inquiries should be made by sending an up to date CV (including a list of courses taken and marks obtained) and cover letter to Professor Angelos Michaelides (

In addition to the above positions suitable applicants are also encouraged to seek personal funding. Potential fellowships include:

EPSRC Fellowships

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship

Royal Commission of 1851 Fellowship

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowships

Candidates from outside of the UK are also eligible for the Newton International Fellowship.

DFG Fellowships are open to German candidates, and the ICE group is also eligible to host Humboldt Research Fellows.