OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Dynamics Simulations

TOPIC: Proton and Hydroxide Transport in Polymers

The Opportunity: Prof. Karen Winey at the University of Pennsylvania is leading a new collaborative effort to understand mechanisms of proton and hydroxide transport in functionalized polymers. In this project the team will synthesize a systematic series of both anionic and cationic polymers. Morphology and ion dynamics will be investigated through a variety of experimental and computational methods. The team includes faculty, national lab staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students from four institutions to provide the needed breadth of expertise.
This postdoctoral researcher position will focus on molecular simulations. The postdoc will be located in the Winey group at the University of Pennsylvania and will be jointly advised by Dr. Amalie Frischknecht at Sandia National Labs and by Prof. Winey. Atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations will be performed to understand morphology and water dynamics in the synthesized polymers. Reactive MD simulations will be implemented and used to determine proton and hydroxide conductivity. The high‐ performance computing clusters at Sandia will be used for conducting simulations.

The Organization: The University of Pennsylvania is a top research university located in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to Winey and Frischknecht, the research team includes Prof. Mike Hickner of the Materials Science Dept at Penn State and Prof. Justin Kennemur of the Chemistry Dept at Florida State University. This team project will provide a stimulating atmosphere for postgraduate research and supports an inclusive and diverse environment. The research team is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM and we particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented groups.

The Qualifications: Candidates should have a PhD in chemical engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry, or another relevant discipline. They should also have a successful record in computational science, and a desire to develop innovative research advances. Good communications skills and the ability to work within a diverse research team are essential. Prior experience with molecular dynamics simulations and knowledge of polymer science are useful, although not required.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, CV and up to two publications combined into a single PDF file directly to Amalie Frischknecht ( and Karen Winey ( Requests for additional information are welcome.