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
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summary of our research.
Our work is sponsored by EPSRC
Ph.D Projects in the Group
Our projects for October 2018 are in three areas,
i) liquid crystals - simulations of novel nematic phases
and/or simulation of novel ferroelectric systems,
ii) membranes - damage to membranes by antimicrobial
peptides and peptoids,
iii) coarse-grained simulations - developing new transferable models
for soft matter systems.
All application for PhDs are via Durham's on-line application system.
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:
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
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
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
Head of Department
Mark has finished his term as
Head of Department
in the Chemistry Department in Durham.
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.