The Wilson Group
Molecular Simulations of Soft Matter: liquid crystals, polymers, lipids, proteins, colloids.
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Welcome to our web pages

Our research work involves computer simulations of molecular materials, concentrating on liquid crystals, polymers, lipids, proteins and nanostructured soft materials.

The group is led by Prof. Mark Wilson

Click for a single page pictorial summary of our research.

Our work is sponsored by EPSRC


Ph.D Project in the Group
One PhD project is currently available in the group (Oct. 1st 2018 start date or earlier by mututal arrangement): Development of molecular models to predict liquid crystal behaviour and material properties.

Details of the studentship can be found here

Please contact Mark Wilson for further details:
Information about the application process is at:
The link to apply on-line is at:
Informal information for those interested in applying to join the group can be obtained via

Some details for overseas students can be found at:
Further useful links are on the Durham Chemistry pages:
and University pages:

October 2017 International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (COFUND)
The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) scheme is aimed at researchers with significant post-doctoral experience. JRFs will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration with academic researchers at Durham University. The normal period of the Fellowship will be 2 years, though Fellows can make a case for a shorter or longer period with a minimum of one year and a maximum of 3 years. The closing date will be announced shortly. Details can be found at:

The Senior Research Fellowships (SRF) scheme is aimed at more senior colleagues. These Fellowships are available for periods of between 6 weeks to 6 months (with a typical stay length of 3 months).

To be eligible, in line with the terms of funding set by Marie Curie, "researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Full details can be found here

August 2017 Head of Department
Mark has finished his term as Head of Department in the Chemistry Department in Durham.

August 2017 Fellowship Opportunities
There are a number of fellowship opportunities for people who like to join the group/department to work in computational soft matter. Details are included in the link below (which includes links to university fellowships and also fellowships funded by outside bodies). These fellowships are very competitive but are suitable for candidates with outstanding academic publication records. They include junior research fellowships and also some schemes tagetted at international senior scienctists. here

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