Open Postdoctoral Fellow position in Theory and Computation (Chemistry)

28 February, 2022

Description: Interfacial mass and energy transfer, chemical transformations/reactions, and tensions at
water interfaces are implicated in numerous natural and industrial processes, such as the
atmosphere–hydrosphere exchange, cloud physics, and chemistry, thundercloud charging, precipitation,
ion speciation, aerobic bioreactors, food and beverages, soil physics, underwater insect respiration, and
the ubiquitous water evaporation/condensation events. Probing the air-water interface of molecular
thickness, however, remains a daunting research area due to the challenges associated with direct
experimental interrogation as well as the limitations of the water models. We are combining experiment

and theory to probe the water surface.

We solicit applications for a postdoctoral position in Professor Himanshu Mishra’s Research Group
(Interfacial Lab) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
Research opportunities include:
1. Continuum scale simulations of heat and mass transfer, e.g., evaporating/exploding water
2. Molecular simulations of nanoconfined liquids
3. Chemical reactions in bulk water, gas-phase, and interfacial water – DFT, ab initio MD
4. Wetting transitions on nanotextured surfaces; heat and mass transfer across porous media:

continuum models, MD, CFD

Terrific opportunities to work with experimentalists in our Group and external collaborators.

Sample publications: Chemical Science, 2019, 10, 2566-2577; Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters,
The candidate should have a Ph.D. in theoretical/computational chemistry or materials science. We
  • Expect the individual to beCuriosity-driven, meticulous, dedicated, and a team player
  •  Solid background in thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, computer programming, and transport phenomena; prior experience in modeling water preferred
KAUST Benefits for Postdoc Fellows:
  • Competitive Salary
  • Housing provided free of charge
  • Local medical insurance provided for postdoc fellows and eligible dependents
  • Relocation allowance
  • Schooling is provided to eligible dependents at KAUST Schools (normal admission procedures apply)
To apply:
Please upload your updated CV, cover letter, list of publications, and contact information for three
references to interfolio: here.