Ph.D. Student - Simulation of Nanoscale Materials

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University of Akron - USA

2-3 Ph.D. student positions are available in the nanoscale materials modeling group in the Department of Polymer Engineering,University of Akron, Ohio. Our computational research is aimed at:

  • controlling self-assembly at biological-inorganic interfaces, including adsorption of peptides on metals and biominerals and development of accurate energy models for biominerals
  • understanding electron conduction in conjugated polymers and at interfaces/crystallites, including models for the simulation of pi-conjugated polymers and charge transport to improve efficiency in photovoltaics, flexible displays
  • structure-property relationships in nanocomposites (clay/nanotube-surfactant-polymer), with emphasis on exfoliation, impact of shear flow, conductivity, light-responsive additives (e.g. zobenzene-containing units)

    State-of-the art computing equipment and software (Materials Studio, Cerius2) is available, and established experimental and theoretical collaborations play an integral role.

    The research will lead to a PhD degree within our polymer engineering program (ranked #2 in the US).

    The successful candidate should have a degree in chemistry, chemical/biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, bioinformatics/biophycics, and a strong interest in (bio) molecular and/or coarse-grain simulation (atomistic, coarse-grain).

    Experience with the Linux operating system and at least one programming language (F77/90,C,C++ etc) is beneficial. Prior exposure to molecular simulation program packages (quantum-mechanical, atomistic, coarse-grain) is not required, but would be an additional plus.

    The position is for 4 years with the possibility of an extension for a fifth year (salary $17k-$20k p.a. + low cost of living in the area).

    Please send your CV and a short cover letter describing your research interests and goals including the names and addresses of two references to

    Hendrik Heinz,
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of Polymer Engineering,
    University of Akron

    e-mail: hendrik.heinz [at],

    phone: +1-330-972-7467,

    See website: Ph.D. Student - Simulation of Nanoscale Materials

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