A PhD Research Fellowship is available starting any time in 2019 at the University of Pittsburgh, in the Computational Modeling & Simulation PhD Program, https://cmsp.pitt.edu/, in the research group of Prof. Karl Johnson (http://jkj.che.pitt.edu/). The project is fully funded by the NSF and includes a competitive stipend and health care benefits.
Description of Research: This project involves modeling proton transport on novel proton membrane materials and developing modeling techniques for efficient large-scale modeling of proton transport on functionalized graphene. See https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.186101, https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b09001 and https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b03627 for an examples of preliminary work.
Desired Background: The successful candidate will have a BS or MS degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field. We are looking for a student with:
· Working knowledge of molecular dynamics simulation techniques, preferably with the LAMMPS software package
· Strong programming skills with C++ and Python
· Working knowledge of periodic density functional theory, e.g., VASP or CP2K is a plus (not required)
Application: Interested candidates should send an email with their resume in PDF format to Dr. Karl Johnson (karlj at pitt.edu).