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This is a 4-year PhD project studentship funded by an Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE) to start October 2017, and it is only open to citizens of the UK and EU. We regret that we are unable to consider non-UK/non-EU citizens for this project. To determine if you are eligible, please visit:

In addition, students would need to be eligible for 'Home Fees' according to the criteria at: Full details can be found here:

We are currently recruiting an outstanding PhD candidate for project involving molecular simulations for adsorption processes in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The project is a collaborative research program between the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology (CEB), University of Cambridge, and Shell.

The project lies at the interface between Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, and focuses in the use of porous MOFs, one of the most exciting developments in recent porous materials science, for gas storage under the activities of Shell. The approach is based in the use of computational methods to understand their stability and to identify the structure-property relations for gas adsorption applications application. The identification of optimal materials will allow then to their characterisation and performance analysis. The principal questions for this project are: How can we predict the performance of these materials using quantum mechanics and classical simulations? How do the different building blocks and topologies of the materials we study influence their adsorption performance? Are these materials stable enough?

The ideal candidate will have a 1st class degree or equivalent in chemical engineering, physics, chemistry or a related scientific discipline, and experience in cross-disciplinary work (if your degree is from outside the UK, please visit: to determine if your final grade/mark equates to a UK First). Previous experience in computational methods and programming are welcome. This is a multidisciplinary project and the successful candidate will benefit from an extensive peer-group of researchers, as well as acquiring skills in adsorption, porous materials and computational methods that are in high demand in both industry and academia.

The successful candidate will be expected to formally apply for admission as a PhD student and meet any conditions of admission set by the University. More information can be found at:

To apply for this position, please send the following to by 17:00 on Monday 17th April 2017:

1) Include the vacancy reference number, NQ11717, in the subject line of your email 2) A detailed curriculum vitae 3) Transcripts and/or degree certificates that include numerical details of grades obtained in relevant examinations/courses.

Please quote reference NQ11717 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Key Information

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Reference: NQ11717

Dates and deadlines:

Thursday, 16 March, 2017
Closing Date
Monday, 17 April, 2017