PhD studentship in multiscale modelling and simulation of polymer composites at UCL CCS

The UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science is offering a 4-year fully funded studentship in collaboration with Hexcel ( to a highly motivated candidate to start in September 2019.

The student will develop and implement the multiscale modelling methodologies required to investigate polymer nanocomposites with particular focus on epoxy-resins, while Hexcel, whose laboratories are in close proximity to UCL, will perform a range of performance tests on the same materials as the student will be modelling, thereby providing experimental validation of the theoretical and simulation work. The goal of this project is to make high-fidelity, chemically-specific predictions of the mesoscale structure from the nanoscale description of these composites, and, in turn, to predict emergent macroscopic behaviour and properties.

Applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent in physics, chemistry or a related subject and must be able to demonstrate significant computational experience including use of high-level programming languages (such as Fortran, C/C++, and Python or other scripting methods).

The studentship will cover tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend of £18550 (tax free) per annum for four years. Interested candidates may find more information on our website,, and should contact p.v.coveney “at” with a degree transcript and a motivation letter explaining their interest in this project. Informal inquiries are encouraged, and applications are accepted until a suitable candidate is identified.