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12-month Modelling & Simulation Postdoctoral Placement

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Newcastle Innovation Centre is working on developing a mathematical model of a complex chemical reaction system and its control. The Modelling & Simulation group at Newcastle Technical Centre is offering a 12-month Postdoctoral placement starting in January 2021. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with strong technical background and a passion for applying science to real-world cases to prove their capabilities!
In this role candidates will:
  • Apply sound science and engineering principles to develop further a mathematical model of a complex unit operation involving transport phenomena, thermodynamics and reaction engineering.
  • Design experimental tests to de-couple relevant physical/chemical phenomena and combine mechanistic and empirical models to acquire robust predictive models.
  • Integrate molecule-based models within more traditional chemical system models.
As a full member of the team, you will have ownership for your projects, driving the development of the models and the design of the experiments required to provide data into the models. You will have the opportunity to present your work to Senior Management and work within professional and entrepreneurial multi-functional teams in one of the company's major business categories. Based on your proven capability to produce outstanding results, the level of responsibility will increase. At the same time, corporate and specific job trainings will be continually provided to help accelerate your development.
Deadline for application on the 9 January 2021
Applicants must supply a CV and Cover Letter.



  • A PhD in chemical engineering with a strong background on mass/heat transfer phenomena, thermodynamics (e.g. sorption isotherms, phase equilibria, activity coefficients), surfactant colloidal science, chemical reaction kinetics, process optimization and control.
  • An advanced knowledge in the use of gProms process simulation software (or a similar one such as Aspen plus/Hysys) together with knowledge in Matlab/python.
  • Experience with molecular simulation techniques such as Monte-Carlo and Molecular Dynamics for prediction of surfactant properties (CMC, Interfacial tension, etc.) as well as knowledge on statistical thermodynamics is a bonus.
What we offer you:
  • Responsibility from Day 1 – you will feel the ownership of your project from the beginning, and you will be given specific projects and responsibilities to lead, like a true P&Ger
  • Continuous coaching – you will work with passionate people and receive both formal training as well as day-to-day mentoring from your manager
  • Dynamic and respectful work environment – employees are at the core, we value every individual and encourage initiatives, promoting agility and work/life balance
  • We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. This includes pension, life assurance, health insurance, flexible working, a stock ownership scheme and other social benefits.
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Job locations:
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Job Type: Full-time Job categories: Research & Development Req No: RND00004834
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