PhD Scholarship in Modelling and synthesis at the molecular scale (ICN2-DC2) - REDI (RMIT European Doctoral Innovators) Program

This is a 36-month research position (extendable up to 48 months) based in Spain at ICN2.

The position is funded by European Union under the MSCA COFUND Action: RMIT European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) program. The selected Researcher will be enrolled at RMIT University and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) as a Doctoral Student. 

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REDI is a unique PhD training program offering industry-supported positions with excellent salaries, enviable international experiences including a residential year in Melbourne, Australia and annual workshop weeks in Barcelona, Spain, top-class training as well as networking with academic and industry leaders across 60+ supporting partners.

REDI is looking for one Researcher (with less than 4 years of research experience and not in the possession of a Doctoral Degree yet), who will be closely working with both RMIT University (Australia) and ICN2 (Spain) on one of the following research projects:


Project 1: Bridging time and length scales for the simulation of corrosion

Corrosion is a complex phenomenon, involving very different length and time scales, from atomistic to macroscopic. Computer simulations typically describe only a part of these scales. Multiscale approaches bring information back and forth between different scales, enabling a complete view of the overall process. The project will develop multiscale tools specifically designed to study corrosion in steel and aluminium alloys, of great importance for the transportation industry.


Project 2: First Principles modelling of electrochemical processes

The project aims at developing methods to study electrochemistry at the atomic level, using first principles approaches like Density Functional Theory. The work will focus on being able to describe the interface between electrified surfaces and the liquid electrolyte, as a function of the applied voltage. The aim is to understand the chemical reactions taking place at the interface, with atomistic detail, and the electron transfer processes driving these reactions.


Project 3: Computational design of environmentally clean and non-toxic corrosion inhibitors

To protect metals from corrosion, avoiding cathodic and anodic reactions, chemicals are used as corrosion inhibitors that passivate the surface and delay the electrochemical processes. This project aims to design new environmentally-friendly inhibitors that replace the toxic industrial materials used today. This will be done using computer simulation tools and numerical methods, to gain insight into how molecular structure and functionality determine the response of inhibited coatings.

Research Fields: Corrosion; Density Functional Theory; Molecular Modelling; Multiscale Modelling

The Researcher will be supervised by Prof. Pablo Ordejon (ICN2) and Ivan Cole (RMIT).

The Researcher will be based at ICN2 (Spain) for at least 36-month and will be awarded a dual PhD by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and RMIT.

The remuneration, in line with the European Commission rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders, will consist of a gross annual salary of est. 25.898,66 EUR gross per year (gross amount before employee’s taxes and

contributions). Of this amount, the estimated net salary to be perceived by the Researcher is est. 1.700 EUR per

month. However, the definite amount to be received by the Researcher is subject to national tax legislation.


Benefits include:

  • Medical care under the Spanish public healthcare system and workplace accident insurance
  • Support Relocation agency
  • ICN2 social benefits: life insurance, flexible timetable, flexible compensation package.
  • Training programme
  • 1,000€ yearly travel allowance to cover flights and accommodation to participate in the annual workshop at RMIT Europe in Barcelona (Spain)
  • 10,000€ allowance to cover flights and living expenses for up to 12 months in Australia

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One position valued at up to 25.898 EUR per annum for 3 years full time, with possibility for 12 month extension.

Applications open 20th July 2022. 

pplications close 19th September 2022. 

One scholarship available. 

To apply for REDI, you must comply with the MSCA-COFUND eligibility criteria by the application deadline:  

  • Be in the first four years (Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) research experience of your research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. FTE Research Experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, AND 
  • Not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your research host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before this call’s deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol), compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays is not taken into account. 
  • AND the following criteria:  Hold a master’s OR equivalent degree (for example bachelor’s degree with honours) in a discipline related to the research project of your choice, including a research component that allows you to enrol in a university doctoral programme by January 2023, AND
  • Have evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or professional experience demonstrating that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the chosen project.  AND  
  • Have English level C1 language proficiency. 


In addition to the above, if your application is successful, you will be required to:

  • Apply for a working visa in Spain (More information:( 
  • Apply for a student visa in Australia (More information:

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