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__________15.03.2017____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Soft Matter – “Kinetic Pathways of Self-assembled Materials"
at the Department of Chemistry, University os Oslo, Norway

The fellowship period is 3 years, with 10 % compulsory work. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Starting date no later than 01.10.2017. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

Job description/ Project description:

We offer a three–year Postdoctoral research position in the Soft Matter group at the Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo under the supervision of Associate Professor Reidar Lund.
Nature creates materials through self-assembly processes, i.e. by spontaneous organization of molecules into well defined, but often dynamic structures. As has been increasingly more recognized in recent years, self-assembly is not purely thermodynamically controlled, it can also be limited by kinetic processes. Kinetic pathways, and manipulation of these, are essential for fabrication of defined nano-assemblies in many of the same ways familiar from chemical reactions. In many biomolecular assemblies - such as in lipid membranes, kinetic processes often play a key role for their function, e.g. in signaling processes, intra-cellular trafficking etc. An understanding of molecular exchange and diffusion processes are also important for drug delivery systems based on self-assembled materials.
In this project, we will study kinetic processes of self-assembly at, and out of equilibrium using mainly scattering techniques based on X-ray, neutron and light. The work will include investigations of typical nucleation & growth processes involved in the formation of polymeric nanoparticles/micelles, exchange kinetics in peptide assemblies as well as the dynamics of self-healing polymeric hydrogels. A particular focus will be directed towards problems related to encapsulation and entrapment of pharmaceutically or biologically active compounds. The candidate is expected to actively use instrumentation for studying rapid kinetic processes such as the newly acquired stopped-flow apparatus coupled with light and X-ray scattering and take active part in the preparation, execution and data evaluations from synchrotron/neutron experiments at international and national sources. The tasks will also include rheological investigations, in particular studies of the relation between microscopic dynamics with macroscopic mechanical properties, and extensive theoretical modelling of experimental data.

Qualifications:

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Physics or Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biophysics or relevant fields.

We are looking for candidates with previous experience in soft matter research and related experimental techniques. Preference will be given to a candidate with a strong background in small-angle X-ray/neutron scattering techniques and data modelling. We particularly look for candidates with high level of initiative and self-motivation for research that have a keen interest in understanding fundamental physico-chemical properties of soft matter systems relevant to biomedical applications.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Additional information is available at
https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/135509/postdoctoral-research-fellowship-in-soft-matter-kinetic-pathways-of-self-assembled-materials

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Reidar Lund, phone: +47 228 555 08, e-mail: reidar.lund@kjemi.uio.no




__________09.02.2017____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD Position in Computational Biophysics
at the Institute of Complex Systems, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany

A PhD position on modelling cell mechanics and its relation to fluctuation measurements is available at the Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics group, Institute of Complex Systems (ICS-2) of Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany. The new team member will be investigating flickering of a cell membrane using mesoscopic simulations. For more info, please, go to http://iffwww.iff.kfa-juelich.de/~fedosov/positions.html or to http://www.fz-juelich.de/SharedDocs/Stellenangebote/_common/dipldok/d015-2017-ics-2.html.

Approximate starting date is April 2017 or later. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

All inquiries and applications should be sent to Dr. Dmitry Fedosov (d.fedosov@fz-juelich.de).




__________08.02.2017____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Post-doc to work on rheo-physics of telechelic stars
FORTH, Crete, Greece

We are looking for a motivated postdoc with background in soft matter (experience with rheology / mechanics / scattering is a plus) to work on a collaborative project funded by KAUST.
Work will be performed in FORTH, Crete, Greece and involves rheology, rheo-physics and microfluidic studies of model telechelic star polymers.

The goal is to understand the phase behavior (possible patchy colloidal formation) and interplay with flow properties as function of molecular parameters, and eventually tailor flow properties at molecular scale.

This is collaboration with synthetic and simulation groups: Hadjichristidis (KAUST), Likos (Vienna) and Panagiotopoulos (Princeton). Some travel to neutron facilities and other partner sites is envisaged.

The project is for one year and can be extended to a second one.

Starting date is April 1, 2017 but it can be flexible.

Interested candidates are asked to contact D. Vlassopoulos (dvlasso@iesl.forth.gr).



____________25.01.2017____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoctoral Research Associate in theoretical and computational soft condensed matter
Department of Physics at Durham University

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in theoretical and computational soft condensed matter, to work with Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja in the Department of Physics at Durham University. The position is to commence in April 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is a fixed-term post for 14 months in the first instance with the possibility of renewal subject to available funding.

The project will focus on developing novel multi-component lattice Boltzmann simulations and applying these techniques to study elastocapillary phenomena, such as wetting dynamics on elastic fibres. This project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/P007139/1) and it will be carried out in collaboration with an industrial partner, Procter and Gamble.

The candidates must hold a PhD in physics/mathematics/engineering or a related discipline with excellent background in theoretical soft condensed matter physics and/or computational fluid dynamics. Experience in lattice Boltzmann, lattice spring, immersed boundary, or related computational methods would be advantageous.

Full details about the post, including how to apply, can be found at https://recruitment.durham.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=004568. The deadline for application is 20 February 2017 (Midday).

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to halim.kusumaatmaja@durham.ac.uk. Further details about Dr. Kusumaatmaja's research group can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/kusumaatmaja.

Halim Kusumaatmaja, Email: halim.kusumaatmaja@durham.ac.uk



__________06.09.2016____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Professorship in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
The Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication at the University of Luxembourg

Ref: 50009870
Full time
Employee status
The new professor will be a member of the Physics and Materials Science Research Unit. He or she will reinforce and expand the experimental activities of the research unit in any area of condensed matter physics including biophysics. Strong interactions with existing theoretical and experimental groups in Luxembourg are desirable.

Your role

Leading a new research group in experimental condensed matter physics
Teaching physics in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes, supervision of PhD theses
Participation in administration and management
For further information, contact the head of the research unit, Prof. Ludger Wirtz (Ludger.Wirtz@uni.lu).

Your profile

PhD and a minimum of three years of post-doctoral experience
Outstanding academic track record in research and teaching
Didactic skills
Leadership abilities, including service to scientific community

We offer

Very dynamic environment within a young University in a country with a high quality of life and with excellent research funding provision.
Attractive startup funds.
Competitive salary.
Family friendly environment.

Further information

The University of Luxembourg is set in a multilingual international context. It is desired that the successful candidate will have a working knowledge in English and in at least one of the two following languages: French or German. However, it is also possible to obtain proficiency in a second language after being hired. A basic knowledge of French should be acquired during the first two years.

Please send your application letter and attachments (in PDF format, including a detailed curriculum vitae, list of publications, researcher ID or equivalent identifier, short description of your 5 most important publications and a short research plan as well as teaching profile) in English, with clear referral to the concerned position to the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Paul Heuschling, using the email address: Deansoffice.fstc@uni.lu

Deadline for applications is 31st October 2016.

Link : http://emea3.mrted.ly/160wy

All applications will be handled in strict confidence


__________04.08.2016____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD position at the University of Luxembourg: Flow induced texturing in complex fluids
Laboratory for Physics of Advanced Materials, University of Luxembourg

We offer a 3-year contract (renewable one year under justified circumstances) in the following research area:
The PhD project will focus on the investigation of flow induced orientation and texturing in complex fluids. Shear thinning and shear thickening in model suspensions with nanoparticles as fillers shall be examined by a combination of rheology and optical spectroscopy. For this purpose, the candidate will be involved in the integration of a commercial rheometer into the optical path of a Brillouin spectrometer. The candidate will also be involved in teaching (e.g lab classes in physics)
For further information and for application please refer to:
http://recruitment.uni.lu/en/details.html?id=QMUFK026203F3VBQB7V7VV4S8&nPostingID=6324&nPostingTargetID=8476&mask=karriereseiten&lg=UK

Jörg Baller, Email: joerg.baller@uni.lu



__________21.06.2016____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Post-doc position in L2C, University of Montpellier/CNRS
Biodegradation of polymers and copolymers in oceanic environment studied by AFM

Location : L2C–University of Montpellier (France), Soft Matter and Glass Dept Period : 12 months starting September/November 2016 (possibility of extension upon further application to the Labex)
Matthieu George matthieu.george@umontpellier.fr
Funding : Labex NUMev (net monthly remuneration 2070 euros)
Key words : Biodegradation, Polymers, AFM, Oceanic environment, Mechanical properties.

The post-doc will study the mechanisms of the degradation of polymers in natural oceanic environment by direct observation of immersed polymers from the very beginning of the bacterial colonisation. Preliminary studies performed in our team by atomic force microscopy have shown that contrary to what is commonly assumed, bio-degradation starts very early (after a few weeks) and at a very small scale (scale of the individual bacteria cell) even on very non-degradable polymers like polyethylene. The aim of the post-doctoral study will be to elucidate the relative role of relevant degradation mechanisms (external and bacteria induced stresses and cracks, chemical and enzymatic degradation of polymer chains, diffusion, assimilation by bacteria) through comparison of their action and kinetics on different polymers. The incubation of polymers in sea water and the characterisation of the biotic parameters such as abundance, bacterial activity and diversity will be performed in collaboration with J.F. Ghiglione team at the laboratory of micro bacterial oceanography (LOMIC, Banyuls). AFM will be used to get access to topographical and mechanical resolved measurements of the polymer surfaces sustaining damages. Polymers and co-polymers will be selected to shed light on the role of properties heterogeneities in link with the characteristic size of the bacteria.
Expected skills : We are looking for a physicist or physico-chemist in the field of material science, with knowledge in polymers and/or mechanical properties. Good experimental skills (AFM, data/images analysis) are strongly welcome. An interest in biology is also a key point.For questions, please contact:

Pascale Fabre, Email: pascale.fabre@umontpellier.fr



__________31.05.2016____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD position shared between Forschungszentrum Jülich (DE) and University of Oslo (NO)
Juelich, Germany, and Oslo, Norway

We are offering a 3-year PhD position shared between Forschungszentrum Jülich (DE) and University of Oslo (NO).
The candidate will send 18 months at each institution and conduct research related to kinetic processes in self-assembled peptide and polymer nanostructures.

For more information: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1648641/64291?iso=no

For questions, please contact:

Lutz Willner, Email: l.willner@fz-juelich.de
Reidar Lund, Email: reidar.lund@kjemi.uio.no



__________30.05.2016____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Impact Project Manager (UE08) or Impact Acceleration Associate (UE07)
Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership
School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Edinburgh

We seek an applicant to help manage and deliver consultancy and research projects with commercial partners within the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership. The post-holder will work towards enhancing our potential to deliver successful impact case studies and generate income through work with industry.

The appointee will be highly capable at performing experimental research in the laboratory using a range of techniques for characterizing complex fluids (e.g. light scattering, rheology, measurement of surface tension, charge measurement) and experienced in data analysis.

Please find details under vacancy 036288 on the University of Edinburgh vacancies website (https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk).

For informal discussions and further details, contact:
Dr Tiffany Wood (tiffany.wood@ed.ac.uk)
Director, Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership
(www.edinburghcomplexfluids.com)



__________30.05.2016____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PostDoc position to develop photonic pigments by colloidal assembly
Univ. Wageningen, The Netherlands

We have an open postdoc position (funding for 1y, with possibility to extend for a total of 3y) on a project to develop photonic pigments by colloidal assembly, in our group in Wageningen, the Netherlands.



We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious postdoc candidate who will design, synthesize and characterize biologically-inspired photonic materials for developing pigment-free coloration of paints and other materials. The project will combine chemical synthesis of photonic core-shell colloids, the self-assembly of these particles into larger objects with a well-defined and tuneable structure, quantify their photonic properties (bandgap) and explore their suitability and photostability as novel pigments for application in waterbased and sustainable coatings. The project is based in the Colloidal & Optical Materials group at Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter, Wageningen University.

The vacancy can be found at:

https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/WUR/vacancy/34238/lang/en/.

Applications can be submitted through the Academic Transfer website directly; interested candidates can also contact me at joris.sprakel@wur.nl.

For more information about our group, please visit: www.sprakellab.nl.

For questions, please contact:
J.Sprakel: joris.sprakel@wur.nl



__________30.05.2016____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD position (starting in fall 2016) in Damage mechanisms in amorphous polymers
CNRS-Solvay Joint Laboratory, Lyon, France

We have studied recently fatigue mechanisms in PA 6,6 [1] by a combination of mechanical experiments, X-ray scattering (SAXS and USAXS), electron microscopy and density measurements. X-ray experiments indicate that the damage is initiated between crystalline lamellae perpendicular to the direction of the fatigue stress. Nucleation of cavities appear as the elementary mechanism which sets the time scale for damaging in the material. These cavities are blocked by the crystalline structure of the material. The aim here is to study damaging mechanisms, either in shock or in fatigue, in different amorphous polymers in order to identify the elementary mechanisms, and how they grow and develop as functions of time, and the role of molecular interactions, density of entanglements, etc.., in the kinetics of damaging.

The CNRS/Solvay Joint Laboratory (UMR: Unité Mixte de Recherche) ‘Advanced Polymer Materials Laboratory’ (LPMA) is located near Lyon, France. The objective of this Laboratory is to develop fundamental research on physical properties of heterogeneous polymer materials, with the view to enable Solvay to propose materials with tailored properties and improved usage properties for the customer. We aim at hiring PhD students willing to pursue a carrier either in the academia, or in the industry.

This experimental PhD project is suitable for applicants graduated in polymer physics and/or chemical physics and/or material science. A strong background in polymer processing, structure and physical properties of polymers will be valued.

[1] E. Mourglia-Seignobos, D.R. Long, L. Odoni, L. Vanel, P. Sotta, C. Rochas, "Physical Mechanisms of Fatigue in Neat Polyamide 6,6", Macromolecules, 47, 3880-3894 (2014)

Please send application (detailed CV, application letter) to either of following contact persons
Didier LONG
Email : didier.long-exterieur@solvay.com
Tel : +33 428 27 10 30

Anthony BOCAHUT
Email : anthony.bocahut@solvay.com
Tel : +33 (0)4 28 27 10 27



__________30.05.2016____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD position (starting in fall 2016 - Cifre funding) in Damage mechanisms in amorphous polymers
CNRS-Solvay Joint Laboratory, Lyon, France

Understanding the mechanical and dynamical properties of polymers close to the glass transition is of utmost importance in order e.g. to realize polymer materials with the desired physical properties. The physical origin of these properties are only now being unravelled and are related directly to glass transition mechanisms, in the bulk and at interfaces [1,2]. We have developed recently a model (theory and numerical simulations tool) for describing the mechanical and dynamical properties of polymers close to and below Tg, in the bulk or in the vicinity of interfaces, from the linear up to the non-linear properties [3,4], up to the so-called strain hardening of glassy polymers, for which we have proposed a microscopic description [4]. The aim is to study in more detail the connection between microscopic specificities of the considered polymer (rigidity of the backbone, pendant groups, chemical details,...) and the ultimate properties of the polymer. This theoretical approach is developed in conjunction with experimental works in our lab and in collaboration with other groups in Lyon. Our approaches are those of statistical physics and polymer physics.

[1] Long, D. and Lequeux F. EPJ E (2001) 4, 371
[2] Merabia S., Sotta P. and Long D.R. Macromolecules (2008), 41, 825
[3] Dequidt A., Long D.R., Sotta P. and Sanséau O., European Physical Journal E 2012 [4 Luca Conca, PhD thesis, Lyon 2016

The CNRS/Solvay Joint Laboratory (UMR: Unité Mixte de Recherche) ‘Advanced Polymer Materials Laboratory’ (LPMA) is located near Lyon, France. The objective of this Laboratory is to develop fundamental research on physical properties of heterogeneous polymer materials, with the view to enable Solvay to propose materials with tailored properties and improved usage properties for the customer. We aim at hiring PhD students willing to pursue a carrier either in the academia, or in the industry.
The applicant should have a master degree in polymer physics and/or condensed matter physics, or statiscal physics or in theoretical physics. The proposed work is theoretical in nature and the applicant should have a pronounced taste for theory and simulations.

Please send application (detailed CV, application letter) to
Didier LONG
Email : didier.long-exterieur@solvay.com
Tel : +33 428 27 10 30




__________19.04.2016____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoctoral position in Experimental Soft Matter Physics
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

We are looking for a motivated researcher to join our experimental team in a project on the adsorption of polymers melts.

Adsorption – the increase in density in proximity of attractive interfaces – is a ubiquitous phenomenon with a tremendous impact on several mechanisms, ranging from physiological functions (interaction protein/membrane, immune response, …) to processes of industrial interest (catalysis, purification, …). In addition to this well-established evidence, recent work has shown a striking correlation between the properties of soft materials confined at the nanoscale level and the presence of a layer irreversibly adsorbed onto the host substrate.
In this project we will investigate the mechanisms of irreversible adsorption in polymer melts on solid substrates. We will provide a quantitative analysis of the phenomenon and verify the feasibility of innovative methods permitting to tune the adsorption kinetics, not requiring modification of the interfacial chemistry.

Description

Position available in October 2016 for one year, with possibility of an additional year. Net salary of ~ 2260 €/month.

We are looking for a 'researcher in international mobility' with max 6 years after date of PhD degree. He/she must be non Belgian and must have not lived in Belgium for more than 24 months in the last 3 years.

Successful candidates should have a strong background in soft matter physics and fluency in both written and spoken English. Experience with surface science and/or thin polymer films is desirable.

Nr of positions available : 1

Research Fields

Physics - Condensed matter properties
Career Stage

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research Profiles

Recognised Researcher (R2)
Benefits

Fellowship (only for postdoctoral researchers arriving from abroad)
• EU Citizens and citizens from countries that have a bilateral social security agreement with Belgium: social security coverage including medical insurance, unemployment benefit, retirement pension, maternity leave and child benefit.
• Non-EU Citizens from countries that have no bilateral social security agreement with Belgium: social security coverage including medical insurance, maternity leave and child benefit.
• Insurance against accidents in the workplace.
• Tax exemption.
• Low-cost private hospitalization insurance.
• On-site services at the ULB: medical centre, university hospital, sports centre, subsidized restaurants, cultural centre, crèche, activities for children…

ULB Contract
• Social security coverage including medical insurance, unemployment benefit, retirement pension, maternity leave and child benefit.
• Insurance against accidents in the workplace.
• Low-cost private hospitalization insurance.
• On-site services at the ULB: medical centre, university hospital, sports centre, subsidized restaurants, cultural centre, crèche, activities for children…

Comment/web site for additional job details

Please submit your application with a detailed CV containing a) full publication list b) a summary of research and accomplishments c) contact details of 3 referees, via e-mail to Prof. S Napolitano (snapolit@ulb.ac.be)

http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~snapolit

For questions, please contact:
S Napolitano: snapolit@ulb.ac.be




__________19.04.2016____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Young Investigators Group leader
in Multiscale Modelling and Simulation of Macromolecules
in Biological Systems

Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany

Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on the pressing issues of our time and undertakes a multitude of tasks in the area of research management. It helps to solve the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and environment as well as information and the brain. With more than 5,700 employees, Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the large interdisciplinary research centres in Europe.

The Institute of Complex Systems (ICS) explores the functional basis of living cells and macromolecular functional systems using a combination of soft matter physics, structural biology and cell biophysics. We plan to establish a cluster of two junior research groups that employ atomistic and molecular modelling and simulation to study the normal and pathological function of cells. We are especially interested in research scientists focusing on
Molecular dynamics simulations to understand the function of ion channels and transporters at atomistic resolution

Hierarchical and multiscale modelling of interacting macromolecules in complex systems of soft and biological matter

We are looking to recruit a

Young Investigators Group leader
in Multiscale Modelling and Simulation of Macromolecules
in Biological Systems

Your Job:
You will establish and lead a junior research group. You are expected to:
- Develop and perform research projects on molecular and multiscale modelling of functional
macromolecules in a cellular context
- Publish the generated scientific results
- Develop and cooperate in common projects within the junior research cluster Mentor PhD students
- Raise research funds
- Collaborate with other groups within the Institute of Complex Systems

Your Profile:
- University degree and the ability for scientific work, usually demonstrated by an outstanding thesis and Excellent publications
- Experience in (1) molecular and multiscale modelling and simulation, (2) high performance computing, and (3) complex macromolecular systems in soft and living matter
- Initial leadership and project management experience Preferentially at least 6 months international experience
- Excellent communication skills

Our Offer:
- Interesting and diversified work in an international and interdisciplinary team
- A 6 years contract with an intermediate evaluation within the fourth year
- Funding for two PhD students
- A joint appointment as junior professor (W1) will be made wherever applicable with our partner universities
- Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
- Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD); depending on the applicant's qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 14-15 TVöD-Bund
- The starting date will not be before September 1st 2016

In addition to the usual application documents please provide
- A two-page summary of research aims
- Working programs for two PhD students
- Milestones with a time schedule for the work of the group
- Two letters of recommendation (therefore please indicate two referees in the online application form)

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system until
29.04.2016, quoting the reference number 2016-065.


For questions, please contact:
Barbara Kranen Phone: 02461 61-9700 www.fz-juelich.de




__________22.07.2014____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD Position at the ETH
ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

The Laboratory for Interfaces, Soft matter and Assembly in the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich is looking for a talented and motivated PhD student to start a new project in the area of rheology and dynamics of complex fluid interfaces. The project will be centered on the extensive use of micro and nanoparticle tracking at fluid interfaces and on the use of optical, electron and atomic force microscopy to characterize complex fluid interfaces. Additionally, the student will use a novel setup for active interfacial microrheology (magnetic microdisk rheometer) and will contribute to the development of new optical methods for flow visualization at complex interfaces. The planned work is experimental and students with experience and interest in developing new instrumentation are especially encouraged to apply. Propensity for computer programming and quantitative image analysis is a plus.
The Laboratory for Interfaces, Soft matter and Assembly is a young and dynamic group, looking to expand with the addition of a new PhD student. ETH offers unique access to top quality research infrastructure, a thriving international research environment and a competitive salary for doctoral students. The working language is English. Suitable candidates should have a Master in Physics, Material Science, Physical Chemistry or Engineering.
The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. The preferred starting date is October 1st 2014.

Interested applicants should contact directly Prof. Lucio Isa (lucio.isa@mat.ethz.ch). Further information on the current and past activities of the group can be found at: http://www.isa.mat.ethz.ch/

For questions, please contact:
Lucio Isa: lucio.isa@mat.ethz.ch





__________12.06.2014____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD Studentship in Durham, UK - Drying Droplets on Leaf Surfaces
University Durham, United Kingdom

Project supervisors
Colin Bain (Durham University, UK)
Dennis Selse (Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry, Stenungsund, Sweden)

Overview
Despite the growth of ‘organic’ farming methods, the widespread use of agrochemicals will remain essential for the foreseeable future if the agricultural sector is to meet the demands for food from the growing number of mouths around the world. A challenge for the agrochemical sector is to produce agrochemicals sustainably and to minimize any adverse impact on the environment. An important part of this challenge is to increase the bioavailability of active ingredients (AIs) so as to reduce (perhaps dramatically) the quantity of AIs that need to be sprayed on crops. For systemic pesticides, the surfaces of leaves provide an almost impenetrable barrier to AIs so ‘adjuvants’ are added to crop sprays to enhance the passage of the AI through the cuticle of the leaf. It is believed that to be effective, the AI and the adjuvant have to end up in the same place on the leaf surface when a droplet of spray dries on the leaf, though firm evidence is lacking. This project is concerned with the co-localization of agrochemical adjuvants and AIs in a leaf deposit and the effect of the distribution of molecules on the uptake of the AI by the leaf.

Aims and Objectives
The primary aim of the project is to find an accurate and reproducible method for studying the effects of droplet drying in agrochemical sprays. To be able to judge the association of adjuvants and agrochemicals and one needs to study the nature of such deposits (i.e. mobility of active ingredient, interactions with water in the air, temperatures of environment etc.) and find a correlation with penetration (i.e. bioefficacy). Once a method has been developed, we seek to gain insights into the drying process and how the distribution of AI and adjuvant on the leaf surface may be controlled in order to improve bioefficacy. The objectives of the project are listed below:
(i) Development of methods to study the morphology and distribution of deposits of active ingredients and adjuvants on model surfaces designed to mimic the properties of the adaxial leaf surface.
(ii) Development of methods to determine the phase of chemicals on a surface and whether components are mixed or phase-separated
(iii) Measurement and modelling of drying process to understand why different morphologies and distributions arise
(iv) Evaluate effect of humidity and temperature on the nature of the deposits using analysis methods developed in (i) and (ii)
(v) Correlation of nature of deposits with bioefficacy
(vi) Design of formulations to control the nature of the final deposit on the model leaf surface to improve bioavailability
(vii) Demonstration of efficacy of formulations on real leaves

Practical Information
The PhD project will be based at Durham University, in the north-east of England, but the student will also spend time at Akzo Nobel in Stenungsund, Sweden. This 4-year studentship is offered as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in “Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces” and the first six months of the studentship will be spent on a common training programme with the other PhD students in the Centre (see https://www.dur.ac.uk/soft.matter/soficdt/guide/). The studentship carries the standard EPSRC stipend of ca. £14000 p.a. plus a small bonus for submitting regular reports to the company sponsor. Applicants should have a relevant degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or physics and may be UK or EU nationals. Interested parties should contact Prof. Bain with a covering letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae, including the names of two academic referees.

For questions, please contact:
Colin Bain: c.d.bain@durham.ac.uk





__________09.05.2014____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoctoral Position (University Assistant) in Soft Matter at the University of Vienna
Computational Physics, University Vienna, Austria

In the group of Prof. Christos Likos at the University of Vienna, there is an opening for
a postdoctoral position (University Assistant) effective July 1, 2014. The successful candidate
is expected to have a PhD in theory/computation in soft matter physics and the drive to
carry cutting-edge research in the field of theory and simulation of complex fluids
in- and out-of-equilibrium.

The employment contract can last up to 6 years for exceptional candidates. According to
the rules of the University of Vienna, teaching duties of maximally 6 hours per week
and semester are associated with this position.

For a short summary of the research activities in the Likos-group please visit the website:
http://comp-phys.univie.ac.at/homepages/homepage-likos/

Interested candidates should send an application (cover letter, CV, list of publications
and the names of at least two referees) to Prof. Christos Likos.

For questions, please contact:
Christos Likos: christos.likos@univie.ac.at





__________09.05.2014____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD Studentship Announcement: Grenoble/Budapest
Exploiting Non-Equilibrium Effects to Trigger the Delivery of Functional Macromolecules to Surfaces
Imre Varga (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary) & Richard Campbell (Institut Laue-Langevin, France)

This PhD studentship project builds on work to relate the interfacial properties of oppositely charged polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures to non-equilibrium effects in the bulk by using the principles learned to control the delivery of functional material to surfaces upon demand.
Project Description
Polyelectrolyte/surfactant (P/S) mixtures are used in lots of common household products such as detergents and cosmetics and they are even present in the food we eat. Surprisingly however there is still ongoing debate about the fundamental nature of these systems, and in particular how the surface properties can be understood. Over the last few years we have linked the surface tension of P/S mixtures to non-equilibrium process which occur in the bulk solution. A peak can arise in the surface tension isotherm which we have systematically related to a very slow precipitation process. Interestingly, in certain cases the peak can be eliminated by applying a light mechanical stress to the precipitate, i.e., the sample history can determine the actual interfacial properties. This feature of P/S systems allows one to control the interfacial properties simply by the way the sample is prepared.
The situation is complicated further when particles of precipitate interact directly with the surface layer. In some cases the particle rearranges to spread material at the interface which modifies the surface properties, but in other cases they do not. Recently we have distinguished three different mechanisms by which particles interact with an adsorption layer at the air/water interface. With this knowledge, there is now potential to handle the sample in a way that either promotes or hinders the particle/surface interaction. There are many reasons why it could be useful to trigger the spreading of macromolecules at a surface, such as in smart coatings and drug or gene delivery applications.
The project aims first to understand more clearly the underlying factors which affects the delivery and spreading of P/S mixtures at the air/water interface. A range of synthetic polyelectrolytes will be used for this work. Once this underlying knowledge has been obtained, the work will progress to functional macromolecules such as DNA and proteins, relevant to biomedical applications. Experimental measurements will be made in the bulk solution (zeta potential, UV-vis spectroscopy) and at surfaces (surface tension, ellipsometry Brewster angle microscopy and neutron reflectometry). The neutron reflectometry measurements will be made principally on the world leading FIGARO reflectometer at the ILL.

Practical Information
The PhD project will be located in Grenoble (France) and the student will be enrolled in the PhD program at the Institute of Chemistry at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. The student will be based in Grenoble but will engage in visits to Budapest to undertake complementary measurements. The successful candidate will be employed for a period of up to three years, with a gross salary of around 2350 €/month, together with other benefits depending on the student’s social status. Applicants should have a relevant degree in chemistry or physical chemistry and an interest in carrying out challenging multidisciplinary research in an international work environment. Sharp experimental skills and a good level of English is required. Interested parties should contact the supervisors with a covering letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae, including the names of two academic referees. Requests for additional information are welcome.


For questions, please contact:
Imre Varga: imo@chem.elte.hu
Richard Campbelli campbell@ill.eu





__________24.03.2014____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoctoral associate in soft matter theory
Soft Matter Theory group of the Laboratory of Solid State physics, University Paris-Sud, Orsay, France

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to work in the Soft Matter Theory group of the Laboratory of Solid State physics (University Paris-Sud) in Orsay, near Paris for a period of up to 2 years. The project focuses on the statistical physics of assemblies of chiral colloids and other biologically or technologically relevant soft matter systems.

Successful candidates should have a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, Computational or Physical Chemistry or another relevant subject area. The candidate should have a background in soft/biological matter or statistical physics, as well as experience with numerical simulation and computer programming.

Please submit your application with a detailed CV with full publication list, and contact details of two referees via e-mail to Rik Wensink (rik.wensink@u-psud.fr). The position is expected to become available between May and November 2014.

Application deadline: 20 April 2014

Further information can be found here:
https://www.equipes.lps.u-psud.fr/wensink/postdoc.pdf

For questions, please contact:
Rik Wensink, rik.wensink@u-psud.fr





__________18.02.2014____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
University of Oxford -Department of Physics, Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical and Computational Soft Matter and Biological Physics to work with Professor Julia Yeomans on ‘Microflow in Complex Environments. This project will be funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant. The aim of the research is to study how simple, complex and active fluids respond to patterned surfaces and to confinement on micron length scales. Further details are available at

www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/people/JuliaYeomans

and

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration from approximately October 2014 to October 2016.

Applicants should possess (or be very close to obtaining) a doctorate in physics or a related field and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to contribute to the research programme. Candidates are expected to demonstrate drive and ability to perform research of international standing. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Friday 7 March 2014 can be considered. You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application. Please arrange for letters of reference to be emailed to: TPRAutoReply@physics.ox.ac.uk .

For questions, please contact:
Julia Yeomans, J.Yeomans1@physics.ox.ac.uk




__________04.02.2014____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Positions open to EU (non UK) students/ researchers


5 x Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions in a European training network between Durham University and Procter and Gamble. Students will enrol on a PhD programme in Durham and work jointly with one of P&G’s European innovation centres, splitting their time between the two sites. This will provide unique training in both academic and industry-related research.

Projects will be available to work with a range of Durham academics (AnnMarie O’Donoghue, Richard Thompson, Andrew Beeby, Sandra Engelskirchen, Sharon Cooper, David Hodgson, Buddho Chakrabati and Tom McLeish).

Theory of molecular migration and its impact on hygiene product stability
Dr Buddho Chakrabarti (maths department)

Experimental studies on molecular migration and its impact on hygiene product stability
Dr Richard Thompson (r.l.thompson@durham.ac.uk)

Complex fluids for active delivery in hair and laundry applications
Dr Sandra Engelskirchen (sandra.engelskirchen@durham.ac.uk)

Protein interactions in complex fluids
Dr AnnMarie O’Donoghue (annmarie.odonoghue@durham.ac.uk)

Understanding the role of active oxygen in wash processes
Prof Andrew Beeby (andrew.beeby@durham.ac.uk)

For questions, please contact:
Richard Thompson, r.l.thompson@durham.ac.uk




__________15.01.2014____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoc Vacancy: Theoretical modeling to understand how biological hydrogels work


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work under the supervision of Dr Ralf Richter (CIC biomaGUNE, San Sebastian, Spain) and Dr. Oleg Borisov (IPREM, Pau, France) on a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and the Conseil Général des Pyrénées Atlantiques.

The two-year postdoctoral position within this bilateral collaborative project is devoted to theoretical modelling and computer simulations of biological hydrogel systems in close relation to experimental activities at CIC biomaGUNE, where the fellow will spend the first year of the appointment.

The project: Certain proteins and glycans self-organize in vivo into soft and strongly hydrated, dynamic and gel-like supramolecular assemblies. Among such biological hydrogels are (i) the nuclear pore permeability barrier, a nanoscopic protein network that regulates macromolecular transport into and out of the nucleus of eukaryotic cells, and (ii) extracellular polysaccharide-rich matrices that are of prime importance in a wide range of physiological and pathological processes. Even though biological hydrogels play crucial roles in many fundamental biological processes, there is still a very limited understanding about how they function.

Over the last years, the Richter Lab at CIC biomaGUNE has developed an experimental approach to study biomolecular hydrogels that is based on well-defined bottom-up biosynthetic model systems and draws from expertise in surface and materials sciences, physical chemistry and biology. The theoretical modelling undertaken by the succesful candidate together with the IPREM research team, complemented by systematic feed back with experimental work at CIC biomaGUNE, will be a key element to understand the relation between the organizational and dynamic features of biological hydrogels, their physicochemical properties, and the resulting biological functions.



The Richter Lab at CIC biomaGUNE is multidisciplinary, at the crossroads between surface and materials sciences, soft matter physics, physical chemistry and biology. We combine novel approaches of surface biofunctionalization and a toolbox of state-of-the-art analytical techniques to create biomimetic supramolecular architectures, for the study of fundamental biological questions and for biotechnological applications. CIC biomaGUNE, a young and dynamic center for research on biomaterials, offers excellent working conditions and is well equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities.

The IPREM research team focuses on the development of advanced polymer materials, from macromolecular synthesis to the studies of physical properties and theoretical modelling. The IPREM is a research federation affiliated to the Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA) and to the CNRS. It is bringing together environmental and analytical chemistry with physics and chemistry of advanced functional materials with emphasis on knowledge transfer to new product and sustainable technological development. The team possesses basic computational facilities in combination with a fully equipped laboratory for polymer synthesis and characterization.

Required qualifications. A background in polymer physics, biophysics, biophysical chemistry or a related field, with proven skills in theoretical work is required. Experience in computer modelling is an advantage. The candidate should have keen interest in multidisciplinary work and disposition to interact actively with experimentalists.

Terms of employment. The 2 year appointment can be started immediately. The successful candidate will be employed by CIC biomaGUNE (San Sebastian) during the first year and by the University of Pau during the second year. The working language is English.

Interested? Please send an informal application letter with CV and the contact information of two referees to Oleg Borisov (oleg.borisov@univ-pau.fr, indicate "postdoctoral opening" as e-mail subject).

Links:
http://www.cicbiomagune.es/secciones/investigacion/miembros.php?idioma=en&miembro=29&unidad=2&subgrupo=15&subseccion=unidad2
http://iprem.univ-pau.fr

For questions, please contact:
Oleg Borisov, oleg.borisov@univ-pau.fr




__________11.12.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Position: Early Stage Researcher (Marie Curie Initial Training Network)


As part of the SUPOLEN Marie Curie Initial Training Network (www.supolen.eu), the University of Naples has a vacancy for one Early Stage Researcher (equivalent to a PhD student but with a better salary) in the area of theory/modelling of polymer dynamics.

More information can be found on the EURAXESS website at the link:
http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/jobDetails/33892673

Details on the application procedure can be found at:
http://allegati.unina.it/lavoro/collaborazioni/2014/01gen/D_IChMPI11_08_Eng.pdf

The closing date for the application is 8th January 2014. However, since the application documents must be mailed by express mail, and must reach Naples within that date, all the material should be sent well in advance (e.g., within the end of December) to be on the safe side. The expected starting date is in Spring 2014.

For questions, please contact:
Professor Giovanni Ianniruberto, Univ. Naples, iannirub@unina.it




__________26.11.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD student position in solvent and biomolecular dynamics with focus on cryopreservation


Information about the research/the project
This PhD project will be performed at the Condensed Matter Physics division at the Department of Applied Physics. The project concerns experimental studies of biological model systems with a specific focus on cryopreservation. It is well known that water is needed for life, but water is also a problem in the case of freeze storage of biomaterials, due to detrimental ice formation. The aim of this project is therefore to understand how the biomolecular dynamics is affected by partly replacing the water with a cryoprotectant, such as sugar. The findings will help us to understand the role of the solvent for cryopreservation of biomaterials and how it can be optimized. The project will be based on experimental studies, using mainly dielectric spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and neutron scattering.

Major responsibilities
The PhD position concerns a project on solvent and biomolecular dynamics with a specific goal to understand how the solvent can be optimized for cryopreservation of biomaterials. The successful candidate is expected to prepare all samples, perform all measurements and after some time taking a leading position in the project. The goal with a PhD-position is to develop general research proficiency and a high competence within your specific research area. As a PhD-student, you will primarily conduct research, often together with other researchers and PhD-students. You will also follow PhD courses, be involved in teaching activities, and participate in international conferences and networks. You are expected to write a licenciate thesis within 2-3 years and defend your doctoral thesis within 4-5 years.

Qualifications
To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field. A master in physics, biophysics, biochemistry or biotechnology should be completed at the starting date. Excellent writing and communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your naive language, you are encouraged to learn it during your employment as a PhD student. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20130350 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

1. Application: (Please name the appendix in the e-recruitment system as: APPLICATION, Surname, reference number); - CV, include complete list of publications,
− Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences; - Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust. - Two references that we can contact.

2. Personal letter/Qualifications 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself present your qualifications and describe your future research plans. - Previous research fields and main research results. - Future goals and research focus. Is there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

3. Other: - Copies of bachelor or master’s thesis. - Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 2014-01-15
The application should preferably be submitted electronically at the web-page: http://www.chalmers.se/en/about-chalmers/vacancies/?rmpage=job&rmjob=1719

For questions, please contact:
Professor Jan Swenson, Condensed Matter Physics, Chalmers
E-mail: jan.swenson@chalmers.se, Phone +46 31 772 5680




__________19.11.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
postdoctoral research position at the laboratory Matière Molle & Chimie at ESPCI ParisTech


A postdoctoral research position is available immediately in the laboratory Matière Molle & Chimie at ESPCI ParisTech (Paris). The position is focused on experimental research on advanced polymeric materials obtained by combining permanent and reversible networks such as the recently discovered vitrimers. Original methods and experiments will be designed to study the microscopic dynamics and the mechanical response of these materials. A special attention will be given to aging properties, self healing and reversibility after processing.

An initial appointment will be made for one year, and will be renewable depending on performance and mutual agreement. Qualified applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, physical chemistry, physics, or related discipline. A good background in polymer and soft matter physics is preferred. Candidates with expertise in any of the following areas will be given special consideration: experimental rheology including solid rheology, microscopy, microrheology, and physical chemistry.

For further information and to apply, please contact and send a complete CV to Michel Cloitre (michel.cloitre@espci.fr).



__________04.11.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoc Vacancy Theoretical modeling to understand how biological hydrogels work

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work under the supervision of Dr Ralf Richter (CIC biomaGUNE, San Sebastian, Spain) and Dr. Oleg Borisov (IPREM, Pau, France) on a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and the Conseil Général des Pyrénées Atlantiques.

The two-year postdoctoral position within this bilateral collaborative project is devoted to theoretical modelling and computer simulations of biological hydrogel systems in close relation to experimental activities at CIC biomaGUNE, where the fellow will spend the first year of the appointment.

The project: Certain proteins and glycans self-organize in vivo into soft and strongly hydrated, dynamic and gel-like supramolecular assemblies. Among such biological hydrogels are (i) the nuclear pore permeability barrier, a nanoscopic protein network that regulates macromolecular transport into and out of the nucleus of eukaryotic cells, and (ii) extracellular polysaccharide-rich matrices that are of prime importance in a wide range of physiological and pathological processes. Even though biological hydrogels play crucial roles in many fundamental biological processes, there is still a very limited understanding about how they function.

Over the last years, the Richter Lab at CIC biomaGUNE has developed an experimental approach to study biomolecular hydrogels that is based on well-defined bottom-up biosynthetic model systems and draws from expertise in surface and materials sciences, physical chemistry and biology. The theoretical modelling undertaken by the succesful candidate together with the IPREM research team, complemented by systematic feed back with experimental work at CIC biomaGUNE, will be a key element to understand the relation between the organizational and dynamic features of biological hydrogels, their physicochemical properties, and the resulting biological functions.

The Richter Lab at CIC biomaGUNE is multidisciplinary, at the crossroads between surface and materials sciences, soft matter physics, physical chemistry and biology. We combine novel approaches of surface biofunctionalization and a toolbox of state-of-the-art analytical techniques to create biomimetic supramolecular architectures, for the study of fundamental biological questions and for biotechnological applications. CIC biomaGUNE, a young and dynamic center for research on biomaterials, offers excellent working conditions and is well equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities.

The IPREM research team focuses on the development of advanced polymer materials, from macromolecular synthesis to the studies of physical properties and theoretical modelling. The IPREM is a research federation affiliated to the Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA) and to the CNRS. It is bringing together environmental and analytical chemistry with physics and chemistry of advanced functional materials with emphasis on knowledge transfer to new product and sustainable technological development. The team possesses basic computational facilities in combination with a fully equipped laboratory for polymer synthesis and characterization.

Required qualifications. A background in polymer physics, biophysics, biophysical chemistry or a related field, with proven skills in theoretical work and/or computer modelling is required. Experience in experimental work is an advantage. The candidate should have keen interest in multidisciplinary work and disposition to interact actively with experimentalists.

Terms of employment. The 2 year appointment can be started immediately. The successful candidate will be employed by CIC biomaGUNE (San Sebastian) during the first year and by the University of Pau during the second year. The working language is English.

Interested? Please send an informal application letter with CV and the contact information of two referees to Oleg Borisov (oleg.borisov@univ-pau.fr, indicate "postdoctoral opening" as e-mail subject).

Links:
http://www.cicbiomagune.es/secciones/investigacion/miembros.php?idioma=en&miembro=29&unidad=2&subgrupo=15&subseccion=unidad2
http://iprem.univ-pau.fr



__________11.07.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position at the Forschungszentrum Jülich

An Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZ) is offered within the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network frame work (ITN) SASSYPOL (Self Assembly of Polymeric Soft Systems). This research-training network involves institutions across Europe (10 from the academic sector and 2 from the private sector) and will train a new generation of highly skilled scientist in novel functional materials and push this emerging field of research into applications at the cutting-edge of nanotechnology. The expertise of the partner at Jülich, Germany, comprises supramolecular chemistry and its relation to structure and dynamics of self-assembly by hydrogen-bonding interactions. Combining linear rheology with time- and length scale dependent small angle neutron scattering and neutron spin echo spectroscopy methods, model polymeric systems based on star topologies with specified attractive non-bonded interactions will be investigated aiming at the understanding of self-healing mechanisms in the bulk state.
The PhD work is interdisciplinary and the ESR will frequently visit our outstation in Munich, Germany for neutron scattering experiments as well as spend some months at partner institutions of the ITN for additional training. The ideal candidate has a Diploma or Master in Experimental Physics or Physical Chemistry, is physically oriented and interested in Soft Matter Research. The final degree will be from the University of Münster, Germany. Current rules as for Marie Curie People programs apply. The allotted PhD thesis period is limited to 3years as is funding as well.
Applications including CV and detailed education with grades should be addressed to Dr. W. Pyckhout-Hintzen (w.pyckhout@fz-juelich.de) until August 31th.
The starting date can be early as November 1th 2013.





__________24.06.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Permanent research position in CNRS at the CNRS/Solvay Joint Laboratory.

The CNRS (French public body for basic research) and the SOLVAY group are committed together into a Joint Research Unit aiming at developing innovative materials based on fundamental concepts and detailed understanding at the molecular level. To foster the development of this joint research entity, the CNRS aims at hiring in 2014 a high level researcher at the “Chargé de recherche” level (assistant professor) in the field of Polymer Physics. Systems of interest cover semi-crystalline polymers (incl. bio-based polymers), elastomers, polymer blends, polar and non- polar polymers, with an emphasis on mechanical and rheological properties (in the bulk or with solvents or plasticizers), barrier properties and ultimate properties (impact strength, wear or fatigue). The development of the research project will beneficiate from the existing environment characterized by a very good set of experimental and modelling tools and a national and international collaborative network. Applicants should have typically between 2 and 8 years of research experience after the PhD, with a strong publication record in top level research journals in line with their experience. While we expect them to propose a research program of their own, our lab will be totally committed to helping candidates to devise it through exchanges and discussions. The final application will have to be submitted to the CNRS by the end of 2013, for a decision to be made at the beginning of spring 2014. Position available from October 1, 2014. The successful applicant is expected to develop a research activity at the international level in polymer physics.


Information and/or applications (resume, publications, etc. with the names and email addresses of three scientists for reference) should be asked/sent as early as possible to Dr Didier Long (didier.long-exterieur@solvay.com) and/or Dr. Jean-Yves Delannoy (jean-yves.delannoy@solvay.com).




__________08.04.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD Opportunity at Durham University.

A 42 month STFC funded PhD studentship is available starting October 2013 in the Department of Chemistry, Durham University. The project will be supervised by Dr Richard Thompson (Durham, Chemistry), Prof Nigel Clarke (University of Sheffield, Physics) and Dr Victoria Garcia Sakai (STFC ISIS facility). The key objective will be to improve our understanding of energy dissipation in materials used for vehicle tyres by using techniques such as quasi elastic neutron scattering. The project is funded through the STFC Global Challenges/Futures scheme and will require extensive use of the UK and international neutron scattering facilities. No prior experience of neutron scattering is required as a full package of training and support will be provided.

Applicants should have a good first degree (e.g. M.Phys, M.Sci, M.Chem 2(i) minimum) or equivalent. Highly motivated candidates wth excellent numerical skills, enthusiasm for materials/soft matter science are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Dr Richard Thompson (r.l.thompson@dur.ac.uk) by 30 April 2013 for further details.




__________27.02.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoc position available at the University of Leeds, U.K.

A postdoctoral position focused on dynamic arrest and non-equilibrium behaviour in suspension of deformable colloids is open for applications in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds, UK. A short description of the position is enclosed below.

Dynamic arrest and non-equilibrium behaviour in suspensions of deformable colloids
[Reference: MAPPA0034]
Glassy materials are important in technology, pharmaceuticals, foods, paints and battery materials and the physics of glasses is important also in biological matter including proteins and cells. Still, neither the microscopic mechanisms involved in glass-formation nor the behaviour of the glassy states are well understood which makes these key unsolved problems both in fundamental science and in technology. This work is aimed at investigating how disordered, glassy, materials form in concentrated suspensions of soft colloids. Colloids are excellent model systems of glass-formation due to their tunable size, interactions and mechanical properties. You will investigate structure and dynamics in dense suspensions of deformable colloids using 3D-photon correlation light scattering spectroscopy and oscillatory rheology and you will also take part in advanced force microscopy work and colloid synthesis.

To apply, you will have:
- A PhD in an area of experimental soft matter physics (or related discipline)
- Experience of experimental scattering techniques in soft matter research
- Experience in the use of oscillatory rheology

Job description:
- Available from 15 April 2013
- Fixed term for 10 months
- University Grade 7 (£30,424 - £36,298 p.a.). Due to external funding restrictions, the appointment is unlikely to start above £31,331 p.a.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Johan Mattsson,
E-mail: k.j.l.mattsson@leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 3815.
To formally apply, please visit http://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/ (job reference number: MAPPA0034).




__________05.02.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoc position opening in Bordeaux/Lyon, France

Rhodia and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL) have recently started a five-year partnership including cooperation on characterization methods of advanced materials and soft matter. In this context, the Rhodia Laboratory of the Future in Bordeaux and the Physics Laboratory at ENSL will get funding for a one-year postdoctoral position. Start date is flexible, anytime before 1/1/2014.

The aim of the project is to characterize the flow behaviour of hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAM) polymer solutions which are used in the industry both for oil recovery (dilute solutions) and as fracturation fluids (concentrated solutions). The candidate will work part-time in the Rhodia Laboratory of the Future (Bordeaux, France) where he/she will perform rheological and microfluidic experiments under the supervision of Annie Colin and Hughes Bodiguel, and in the Physics Laboratory at ENSL (Lyon, France) where ultrasonic imaging will be used to study flow instabilities under the supervision of Sébastien Manneville and in the framework of the ERC Starting Grant project "Ultrasound-based techniques for soft jammed materials".

To apply or request further information please send us a detailed CV, including publication list.

Annie Colin: Annie.COLIN-EXTERIEUR@eu.rhodia.com
Hughes Bodiguel: Hugues.BODIGUEL-EXTERIEUR@eu.rhodia.com
Sébastien Manneville: sebastien.manneville@ens-lyon.fr




__________04.02.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Professor/Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer
Department of Physics and Durham Centre for Soft Matter, Durham University

We draw your attention to adverts for opportunities for academics to join the Durham Centre for Soft Matter as part of a major strategic commitment to grow this area of research across the university.

Further details are available at http://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/ and http://www.joindurham.com

The posts are briefly as follows:

Professor/Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Theoretical Soft and Biological Matter
Professor/Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Complex Fluids (Experimental)

with a closing date for applications of 11th March 2013. Informal enquiries to any of us would be welcome.

Further details about Dr. Fielding's research group can be found at http://www.dur.ac.uk/suzanne.fielding/; and about the department at http://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/.

For further questions please contact:
suzanne.fielding@durham.ac.uk.




__________01.02.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD post in Luxembourg
Physics and Materials Research Unit, University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg has the following vacancy in the Physics and Materials Research Unit of its Faculty of Sciences, Technology and Communication:

Junior Researcher /PhD student in Physics (M/F)
2-year contract, renewable once, 40 hours/week
Ref: F1-070012
Student AND employee status

Area: Computer Simulation and statistical mechanics of phase transitions

In the Physics and Materials Research Unit, there are experimental soft matter and solid state physics groups, a theoretical solid state physics group and our group for theory and simulation of soft matter.

The "Theory of Soft Condensed Matter" group develops computer simulation methods to study rare events and non-equilibrium processes. The PhD topic is located in the field of statistical mechanics of classical systems.

Tasks

Prepare a doctoral thesis in Physics
Assist the professor in her teaching activities, one to three hours per week.
Develop and apply algorithms to simulate phase transition kinetics in simple model systems.

Profile:

M. Sc. in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science
Programming experience
Excellent knowledge of English is required
Knowledge of German and French would be useful

Offer:

An exciting multi-disciplinary international environment
Interesting work in a friendly young team
Competitive remuneration

For further information, please contact :
Tanja.Schilling@uni.lu

Applications (in English / French or German) should contain the following documents:
A letter of motivation
a detailed curriculum vitae
copies of degree certificates

All applications should be sent until March 1st, 2013 in electronic version to the following address:
Tanja.Schilling@uni.lu

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer



__________14.01.2013____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
ERC funded PhD studentship in Soft Matter and Biological Physics
Department of Physics and Durham Centre for Soft Matter, Durham University

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in theoretical and computational soft matter and biological physics to work with Dr Suzanne Fielding in the Department of Physics at Durham University.

The studentship is funded by a grant ("RHEO-ACTIVE: Geometry, instability and activity in complex and biological fluids") from the European Research Council for a period of up to 42 months, covering tuition fees and a stipend of £13,590 per year.

Depending on the interests of the applicant the project could be mainly computational, or combine numerics with analytical work, and would focus on one of two related research areas:

The first concerns "active" soft matter, maintained far from equilibrium by internal energy sources: swarms of self-propelled microbes; the matrix of the biological cell in which molecular motors render the network capable of mechanical motion (e.g. in cell division or crawling); and growing biological tissue. The main aim is to forge a physical understanding of active dynamics and rheology taking place in the complex environments that are relevant to biological systems.

The second concerns the non-equilibrium dynamics and rheology (flow properties) of complex fluids such as polymers, colloids, emulsions and surfactants, which undergo flow instabilities and non-equilibrium phase transitions when subject to a strong applied flow field. The work draws on concepts of fluid dynamics, statistical mechanics, nonlinear dynamical systems theory and chaos.

The start date is anytime between June and October 2013.

Applicants should have or expect to attain a good (first or upper second class) honours degree in physics, mathematics or a related subject.

The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd February 2013.

Further details about Dr. Fielding's research group can be found at http://www.dur.ac.uk/suzanne.fielding/; and about the department at http://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/.

For further questions please contact:
suzanne.fielding@durham.ac.uk.




__________25.07.2012____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Professor for Experimental Polymer Physics
Univ. Luxembourg

• Ref: F1-030015
• Full time, possible start date : February 2013
• Employee status
The new professor will be a member of the Physics and Materials Science Research Unit. He or she will reinforce and expand the activities of the Research Unit in the area of physics of soft matter, e.g. intelligent synthetic macromolecular systems or biopolymers. We are looking for an experimental physicist with expertise in the field of polymers with a special emphasis on functional responses of macromolecular materials. Applicants with a background in other areas of soft matter physics are also strongly encouraged to apply. Collaboration with the experimental and theoretical groups working with polymers and related materials is expected.
Mission
• Teaching activities in the Bachelor of Sciences and Engineering BSI(a) and in the Master in Physics of Condensed Matter. The contribution of the new colleague is essential to ensure the establishment of this new master programme.
• Close collaborations with the experimental and theoretical groups working with polymers and related materials are expected
Profil
• Internationally renowned personality with a fundamental knowledge of experimental soft matter physics and its application in functional materials.

Offer
• Very dynamic environment within a young and growing University
• Competitive salary
Please send your application letter and attachments (in PDF format, including a detailed curriculum vitae, list of publications and a short research statement) in English, with clear referral to the concerned position to the Dean of the Faculty, using the email address: Deansoffice.fstc@uni.lu
You can also send your application by ordinary mail, including a DVD with PDF attachments, to the following address:

Prof. Dr. Paul Heuschling
Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Technology and Communication
Université du Luxembourg, Campus Kirchberg
6, rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi
L-1359 Luxembourg

Deadline for applications is 15th September 2012.
All applications will be handled in strict confidence.
The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer.

For further questions please contact:
paul.heuschling@uni.lu




__________03.07.2012____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Post-Doc Position in Modelling Multiphase Flows in Porous Media - Schlumberger, Cambridge
Post-Doctoral Researcher in Modelling Multiphase Flows in Porous Media, Fluids Department

Schlumberger is the world's leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Employing approximately 110,000 people representing over 140 nationalities and working in approximately 80 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry's widest range of products and services from exploration through production. Fundamental and applied research projects are carried out in Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre (SCR) to develop new technologies for application in the oilfield.

The Fluid Mechanics Department at SCR is investigating the enhanced oil recovery processes. We seek a fluid mechanics modeller to join our team, to help us understand how the injection of multi-species chemical formulations containing high molecular weight polymers, surfactants, and other components into an oil reservoir enhances recovery. This will require formulating and solving mathematical models both at the scale of the rock pores and also at the larger reservoir scale. Due to the complexity of the processes and geometries involved, this will require a combination of large scale numerical simulation and semi-analytical modelling. Physically the systems of interest comprise complex soft matter, both confined and in flow.

The candidate should hold a PhD in applied mathematics, or another discipline involving the formulation, solution and numerical simulation of mathematical models for physical/physico-chemical systems. They will have experience of formulating and solving problems relating to multiphase flow in porous media, and of the development of computational simulation techniques for such applications. Knowledge of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, and/or of micro emulsion physico-chemistry is desirable. We will also be looking for evidence of original research contributions, and the ability to work closely with experimentalists.

23 month fixed term contract

£38,000 - £42,000 per annum (dependent on experience and qualifications) + benefits.

To apply or request further information please send a detailed CV, including publication list, to scr-recruit@slb.com quoting the reference PDMMF.

Closing date is 30 July 2012.

Schlumberger is an equal opportunities employer.

http://www.slb.com

For further questions please contact:
ahowe2@slb.com





__________03.07.2012____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Three postdocs vacancies in Edinburgh Soft Matter
Three postdoctoral positions are available within the Edinburgh Soft Matter, Statistical and Biological Physics Group. Please alert any suitable candidates to the following opportunities:

1. Soft Energy Materials (Experiment)
http://tinyurl.com/clegg-energy-mat

2. Experimental Protein Physics
http://tinyurl.com/macphee-protein-phys

3. Computational Biological Physics
http://tinyurl.com/allen-comp-bio

The first two posts are funded by a Programme Grant on Design Principles for New Soft Materials. Within this Programme (directed by Cates) we now seek applicants to work on multiphase soft composites for energy applications (led by Clegg) and on controlling the behaviour of colloidal protein aggregates (led by MacPhee). The third project (led by Allen) is funded by a separate grant from the Human Frontier Science Program, on 3D spatial structure in multicellular systems: self-assembly, implications and optimization.

For full details, please click on the links provided above. If these links do not work, visit http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk and enter vacancy numbers 3015792, 3015786, or 3015794 respectively.

For each post the closing date is 9 JULY.

For further questions please contact:
pclegg@ph.ed.ac.uk





__________12.05.2012____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
New Senior Academic Positions in Soft Matter at Durham University
In 2007 Durham University established the multidisciplinary Biophysical Sciences Institute (BSI) in which physical scientists work closely with life scientists to solve complex biological problems. The BSI was enhanced by the establishment in 2010 of the Durham Centre for Soft Matter (DCSM) researching both biological and physical soft matter. Both the BSI and DSCM draw on world-leading expertise on surfaces and interfaces in the Chemistry Department and the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. We will appoint from amongst the areas below.

The posts are briefly as follows:

(a) Professor/Reader in Complex Fluids (experimental)
(b) Professor/Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Theoretical Soft and Biological Matter
(c) Professor/Reader in Protein Dynamcs and Biomolecular Interactions
(d) Professor/Reader in Surface and Interface Chemistry
(e) Professor/Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Computational Chemistry
(f) Professor/Reader in Computational Mathematical Biology
(g) Professor/Reader in Computational Fluid Dynamics

with a closing date for applications of 8th June 2012. Informal enquiries would be welcome.

(a)Professor/Reader in Complex Fluids (experimental).
Fluid flow is present in a very wide range of situations at a large variety of scales. Based upon world leading theoretical work in the area of non-equilibrium dynamics and hydrodynamic instabilities in complex and biological fluids we are looking for experimental scientists where fluid flow forms the cornerstone of their work. This could be in biological systems through to micro-fluidic interfaces, flow based chemistry and more macroscopic systems and the applicant should have a strong desire to work closely with the theoretical team. Work in this area also encompasses novel rheological measurements and biological fluid dynamics with de-mixing and phase behaviours in soft matter. [Potential home department: Physics, Chemistry, SECS]

(b)Professor/Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Theoretical Soft and Biological Matter.
Theoretical soft matter now covers a broad spectrum of methodologies and we will appoint an individual who can provide both theoretical grounding and leadership to the experimental research at all levels. Areas of expertise could include creating statistical mechanical models of soft matter systems: surfactants, polymers, colloids, emulsions, foams, glass transition, jamming, biological soft matter, biopolymers, active suspensions, dynamics of complex fluids, biological fluid dynamics, non-equilibrium dynamics, de-mixing, phase transitions, stability theory, multi-scale modelling of complex fluids. There will be a strong link to the Centre for Computational Science. [Potential home department: Physics, Chemistry, SBBS]

(c)Professor/Reader in Protein Dynamics and Biomolecular Interactions.
We are seeking an experimentalist to work with theoreticians modelling the physical properties of biological molecules or molecular assemblies alongside interfacial interactions. The appointee could be expert in any of a broad spectrum of in vitro and/or in vivo technologies, for example the interaction of single molecules both in vitro and in vivo. We are keen to hear from individuals that develop such methods, and from those that apply such methods to pressing problems such as exploiting the physical sciences to enhance biological discovery. [Potential home department: Physics, Chemistry, SBBS]

(d)Professor/Reader in Surface and Interface Chemistry.
Interfaces (and interphases) play a crucial role in a huge range of chemical, physical and biological processes. Chemical modification of surfaces to control their properties and their interactions with complex fluids is a central element in high value manufacturing and product design through to the study of complex interactions occurring at the cell membrane or sub-cellular compartment level. Examples include water and oil-repellent materials, anti-fouling coatings, surfaces with switchable properties, bacterial rejecting, recognition and trafficking at cell and nuclear membranes. We seek to appoint an experimentalist exploring any aspect of such interfaces (design, fabrication or characterisation) as part of a multidisciplinary team. [Potential home department: Chemistry, Physics]

(e)Professor/Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Computational Chemistry.
We seek a computational chemist who will complement or strengthen any of the Department of Chemistry's significant areas of expertise in quantum chemistry, density functional theory, ultra cold molecules, soft matter modelling, biological simulation and materials chemistry. We would particularly encourage applicants whose research expertise will interact with the Biophysical Sciences Institute or Durham Centre for Soft Matter, or who have expertise in crystal structure calculations to support a new initiative on polymorphism and crystal design. [Potential home department: Chemistry, Physics]

(f)Professor/Reader in Computational Mathematical-Biology
We seek a computational scientist expert in the modelling of complex biological systems, including the cytoskeleton, DNA and other complex macro-molecules, the mechanical properties of cells, the simulation of transport and signalling within the cell and the computational aspects of systems-biology. The post-holder will be a member of one of the following Departments, as appropriate, and a member of the Biophysical Science Institute (BSI). [Potential home department: Maths]

(g)Professor/Reader in Computational Fluid Dynamics.
The appointee will be a CFD expert with expertise in areas such as complex fluids, free boundary problems and multi-scale modelling, addressing theoretical or practical questions in fluid dynamics. The appointee would be expected to be engaged with the Biophysical Sciences Institute and Durham Centre for Soft Matter. [Potential home department: Chemistry, Physics, School of Engineering and Computer Sciences.]

Further details of these posts can be found at http://www.joindurham.com

For further questions or the submission of an application please contact:
l.r.hutchings@durham.ac.uk




__________04.05.2012____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Postdoc and PhD positions in Spain
Applications are invited for the following positions to work as PhD student on an ERC Advanced Grant. The research, which will be carried out at CIC biomaGUNE, in San Sebastián (Spain), revolves around the design of plasmonic nanomaterials for applications as substrates in SERS sensing.

The project, supported by the European Research Council, is aimed at the application of surface enhanced Raman scattering for in situ investigation of quorum sensing in bacterial colonies. Within this project, three PhD positions are available, to carry out research on the following topics:

- Nanoparticle synthesis and assembly
- Spectroscopic analysis and detection
- In situ studies of bacterial colonies and cell cultures

Details are available at:
http://www.cicbiomagune.es/secciones/ofertas_empleo/ofertas_empleo.php?idioma=en&dest=home

For further questions or the submission of an application please contact:
llizmarzan@cicbiomagune.es





__________02.05.2012____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD position in Montpellier-France
Natural rubber latex is extracted from Hevea trees, it is a complex colloidal suspension of poly-isoprene particles stabilized by a protein/phospholipidic negatively charged membrane. Upon acidification, particles aggregate, assembling in a percolating network or colloidal gel. This is the first step of a process which gives rise to the production of natural rubber; a material widely uses in the world, with unique and challenging properties yet not clearly understood from a scientific perspective.

This research project is based on the assumption that the mechanism of gelification plays a key role in the control of the rubber matrix properties. As a PhD student, your objectives will be to study the mechanism of coagulation of the latex in connection with the coagulation mode (acid, minerals), to establish the mechanisms of phase transition, collapsing and drying of the gels and to correlate them to the mesostructure (macromolecular structure + aggregates) and physical properties of natural rubber. You will use different characterization technics, including light (polarized or not), X-ray and neutron scattering, confocal microscopy, rheology, biochemical analysis.

We are looking for a PhD student with a strong interest in biophysics or soft matter physics, able to integrate biochemistry and materials engineering insights. The aim of the project is to (i) deepen the science base in this area and (ii) to improve the quality of rubber; the latter contributes significantly to sustainable development of south-east Asia.

This PhD research project will be mainly conducted at UMR IATE, a joint research center of 4 different institutions (universities and research institutes) focused on agropolymer science and emerging technologies. We are located in Montpellier, a real science city in the south of France with over 50000 students and more than 20 research organizations in the agrifood domain. Part of the work will also be conducted in Thailand, the worldwide leader of natural latex production, to validate processes under field conditions.

Area of expertise:
Soft Matter Physics, Engineering, BioPhysics.

For more information, please contact:
Frederic Bonfils (frederic.bonfils @ cirad.fr) and Christian Sanchez (Christian.Sanchez@supagro.inra.fr)

Dead-line for application is June 20, but applicants are recommended to rapidly contact us.

Gross salary will be 1685 EUR (1375EUR after taxes) or 2025 EUR (1652EUR after taxes) if the student apply for specific teaching additional activities.





__________02.05.2012____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD- or Postdoc-position in soft matter science, FZ-Juelich
Institute of Complex System 3 at Forschungszentrum Juelich offers a PhD/Postdoc position in soft matter physics.

The goal of the work is the investigation of thermal diffusion in combination with wall interactions of biologically relevant colloids. In the first part, a microfluidic cell will be developed, which can be used in combination with a confocal microscope and a total internal reflection microscope. Additionally to the cell development also software needs to be developed to analyze the occurring concentration changes as a function of time. In order to validate the new method, comparative measurements with other methods using selected model systems are planned. In the second part, experiments with biological systems are planned, where the thermal diffusive motion near a wall will be studied

Details are available at:
http://www.fz-juelich.de/SharedDocs/Stellenangebote/_common/dipldok/d041-2012-ics-3-e.html

For further questions or the submission of an application please contact:
s.wiegand@fz-juelich.de or
p.lang@fz-juelich.de





__________27.03.2012____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Bioinformatician
• Permanent contract, full time
• Ref. F1-060004
• Employee status
The University of Luxembourg is seeking to appoint a scientist with a strong interdisciplinary background in Bioinformatics. The successful candidate will be active within the Life Sciences Research Unit and interact with the Bioinformatics Core Facility of the recently funded Luxembourg Center for Systems Biomedicine.

Mission
The successful candidate will work together with the teams of LSRU to provide support and expertise in Bioinformatics within the frame of their projects. The candidate should be able to work independently, prioritise and manage a variety of tasks. He /she will contribute to data-mining of preprocessed data (e.g. microarrays, next generation sequencing, metabolomics, proteomics data provided by Centers). The candidate will develop novel bioinformatics tools and approaches, in cooperation with the Bioinformatics Core Facility of the LCSB. He/she will organise training sessions in Bioinformatics for scientists and PhD students.

Qualifications and Experience
The candidate should be experienced with handling knowledge databases, resources and tools commonly used in bioinformatics for sequence alignments, gene annotation, binding motif predictions, gene ontology and pathway analyses. He/she should have expertise in high throughput data analysis and predictive network generation. Good knowledge of various high trough-put technologies and platforms is expected. The candidate should be capable of making use of statistical methods commonly used in bioinformatics. Solid skills in IT, database management, programming languages e.g. java, PERL, and in data visualisation are expected. Excellent organisational and communication skills are a prerequisite for the position.

For further information please contact Prof. Evelyne Friederich, evelyne.friederich@uni.lu

Profile
• PhD degree in Bioinformatics, computational biology, and/or biology with a proven track record in bioinformatics.
• A publication record in Bioinformatics with relevance to biological sciences.

As the candidate will have to deal with in a multilingual context, she/he must have an excellent command of English language (written and spoken). Knowledge of French and/or German will be considered as an advantage.

Please apply online (letter of motivation and CV in English) until 15th May 2012 on the following link: http://emea3.mrted.ly/pmx.
The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be handled in strict confidence.





__________15.03.2012____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Professor in Cellular and Developmental Biology
The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University.
The University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy in its Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication

Ref : F1-050001
Employee status, full-time
Start date: winter semester 2012

The new professor will be a member of the Life Sciences Research Unit. He or she will reinforce and expand the activities of the Research Unit and ideally interact and collaborate with the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine.

Mission

• teaching advanced courses in the Master in Integrated Systems Biology and basic courses in the Bachelor in Life Sciences
• contribute actively to the development of research within the University’s strategic research priority in Life Sciences by contributing his/her expertise in (ideally mammalian) cellular and developmental biology with a focus on stem cell biology and technology. Experience in modern –omics methods as well as expertise in epigenetics are expected. The candidate should show strong interest to develop projects at the interface of computational and systems biology level.


Profile

• PhD in developmental biology or biosciences
• Post-doctoral experience of at least five years.
• strong publication record in cellular and developmental biology areas or related fields

The University of Luxembourg is set in a multilingual context. It is desired that the successful candidates will have a working knowledge in addition to English in at least one of the following languages: French and German. However, it is also possible to obtain proficiency in a second language after being hired as the University provides access to language classes. A basic knowledge of French has to be acquired during the first two years.

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Rudi Balling rudi.balling@uni.lu or Prof. Evelyne Friederich (evelyne.friederich@uni.lu)

Offer

Multilingual and multicultural environment
Dynamic team
Well equipped facilities

Please send your application letter and attachments (PDF, including a curriculum vitae and a teaching and research plan/statement of maximum 3 pages) in English, with clear referral to the concerned position to the Dean of the Faculty, using the email address: Deansoffice.fstc@uni.lu

You can also send your application by ordinary mail, including a DVD with PDF attachments, to the following address:
Prof. Dr. Paul Heuschling
Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Technology and Communication
Université du Luxembourg, Campus Kirchberg
6, rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi
L-1359 Luxembourg

Deadline for applications is April 30th, 2012.
All applications will be handled in strict confidence

Please note: You are NOT obliged to complete the online application on the following link:http://emea3.mrted.ly/pn4. If you do so, this should only be done in addition to the procedure described above, and it will not have any impact of the handling of your application.





__________20.12.2011____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
University Lecturerships in Physical Chemistry (two posts)
University of Oxford - Department of Chemistry in association with University College and Trinity College

Applications are invited for two posts of University Lecturer in Physical Chemistry with effect from October 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidates will also be appointed to Tutorial Fellowships at either University College or Trinity College under arrangements described in the further particulars. The combined University and college salary will be on a scale currently up to £57,431 p.a.

Applications are invited from those with research interests in all areas of experimental physical chemistry and its boundaries with other disciplines. For one of the posts, candidates applying physical chemistry techniques to the understanding of biological structure and function are particularly welcomed. Theoretical/computational chemistry candidates might exceptionally be considered.

The successful candidates will hold a doctorate in physical chemistry or a related field, and have a proven track record of high-quality research and publication at an internationally excellent standard, along with evidence of imaginative research plans and the potential to lead and manage new research initiatives. The postholders will be expected to engage in original research in physical chemistry and its boundaries with other disciplines, secure research funding, and carry out teaching at undergraduate and graduate level.

Further particulars, containing details of the application procedure and of the duties, may be obtained from the Chemistry Department's website at http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/jobs.asp or by email to
laura-jean.holdcroft@chem.ox.ac.uk.
Please quote reference DN11006 in all correspondence.
The closing date for applications is 2 January 2012.
Queries about the post should be addressed to Professor Mark Brouard via
laura-jean.holdcroft@chem.ox.ac.uk
or telephone 01865 275402.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.


__________05.12.2011____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD Student position at Forschungszentrum Juelich
Dynamics of colloidal particles and proteins - theory and simulation

START: February 2012 or later
DURATION: Three years
SALARY: E13/2 TVÖD with additional allowance possible, depending on candidate’s profile

The Soft Matter group at the Institute of Complex Systems (ICS-3), Research Centre Jülich, is offering a 3 year position for a motivated PhD student. The PhD work will be integrated into the soft matter and biophysics activities of ICS-3. The Research Centre in Jülich provides a highly interdisciplinary environment and excellent infrastructure, including Europe’s most powerful supercomputing centre. The accepted candidate will have the opportunity for complementary training within the International Helmholtz Research School “BioSoft” (IHRS BioSoft, www.ihrs-biosoft.de).
Description of research work
Systems of charged colloidal particles or proteins with additional attractive (patchy) interactions have a variety of interesting dynamical and structural properties highly relevant to material science and biology. The PhD project deals with the exploration of diffusion and viscoelastic processes in these systems, using state-of-the-art theoretical and computer simulation methods which have been partially developed and advanced in our group. An important aspect of the project will be the modeling of the solvent-mediated many-particle hydrodynamic interactions. The work will be carried out in collaboration with experimental groups inside the ICS-3, the NIST in Maryland, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Requirement
A master degree or diploma in physics or physical chemistry is required. Some familiarity with methods of statistical physics applied to soft matter or biophysical systems, and a strong interest in analytic-theoretical work is preferred. To apply, please send a full CV, copies of certificates, and a list of publications to the email address given below, and arrange for two letters of recommendation.

Contact
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Nägele
Institute of Complex Systems (ICS-3)
Research Centre Jülich
D-52425 Jülich, Germany
e-mail: g.naegele@fz-juelich.de
homepage: http://www.fz-juelich.de/SharedDocs/Personen/ICS/ICS-3/EN/Naegele_G.html


__________05.12.2011____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PostDoctoral position at Forschungszentrum Juelich
Dynamics in concentrated dispersions of soft and permeable colloidal particles - theory and simulation

START: June 2012 or later
DURATION: One year, with possibility of extension to two years
SALARY: Full E13 TVÖD (postdoc salary grade for German Federal Civil Service)

The Soft Matter group at the Institute of Complex Systems (ICS-3), Research Centre Jülich, is offering a position for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow. The research work will be integrated into the soft matter activities of ICS-3. The Research Centre in Jülich provides a highly interdisciplinary environment and excellent infrastructure, including Europe’s most powerful supercomputing centre.
Description of research work
Concentrated dispersions of soft and solvent-permeable particles such as microgels, core-shell particles, and dendrimers, have structural and dynamical properties which are of importance in fundamental research and practical applications. The research project deals with theoretical modeling, and the exploration of diffusion and rheological transport properties, of charged and neutral soft-particle systems. The numerical analysis of these properties will build on state-of-the-art theoretical and computer simulation methods which have been partially developed and advanced in our group. Important aspects include the modeling of the solvent flow inside and outside the particles, and possible electro-kinetic effects by the surrounding microions in the case of charged particles. The work will be carried out in collaboration with experimental groups inside the ICS-3, the RWTH Aachen, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Requirement
A PhD in physics or physical chemistry is required. Applicants should be familiar with methods of statistical physics applied to soft matter systems. Good mathematical and programming skills, and a strong interest in analytic-theoretical work would be helpful. To apply, please send a full CV, copies of certificates, and a list of publications to the email address given below, and arrange for two letters of recommendation.

Contact
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Nägele
Institute of Complex Systems (ICS-3)
Research Centre Jülich
D-52425 Jülich, Germany

e-mail: g.naegele@fz-juelich.de
homepage: http://www.fz-juelich.de/SharedDocs/Personen/ICS/ICS-3/EN/Naegele_G.html



__________16.11.2011____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Material scientist at Unilever
Unilever R&D Port Sunlight is seeking to fill a vacancy for a permanent role in material science. The role holder will provide critical scientific support in the area of Complex Materials and/or Colloid Chemistry/Physics. The role holder will be responsible for delivering to project requirements, and for supporting material science in general, by bringing together modelling and experiments in order to generate science and technology insights.

Location: Bebington, Wirral UK

Salary: Up to £30,424, plus excellent company benefits and development

Applications should be directed to the Unilever recruitment web-site:
https://recruitment.unileverservices.com/MAIN/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=41719&szReturnToSearch=1&szWordsToHighlight=material


__________08.11.2011____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
7 Post-Doc Vacancy at Durham: Soft Matter and Biological Physics
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in theoretical and computational soft matter and biological physics, to work with Dr Suzanne Fielding in the Department of Physics at Durham University. This follows the recent award of a grant "RHEO-ACTIVE: Geometry, instability and activity in complex and biological fluids" from the European Research Council.

The project will focus on "active" soft matter, maintained far from equilibrium by internal energy sources: swarms of self-propelled microbes; the matrix of the biological cell in which molecular motors render the network capable of mechanical motion (e.g. in cell division or crawling); and growing biological tissue. The main aim is to forge a physical understanding of active dynamics and rheology taking place in the complex environments that are relevant to biological systems.

The position is fixed-term for a period of up to 4 years in total (24 months in the first instance with the possibility of renewal for an additional 24 months). The start date will be early in 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications must be made online at http://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/, job reference number 1301, where further details of the position may also be found.

The closing date for applications is 30th November 2011.

Further details about the department can be found at
http://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/
and about Dr. Fielding's research group at http://www.dur.ac.uk/suzanne.fielding/.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should please be directed to
suzanne.fielding@durham.ac.uk.



__________21.10.2011____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
7 PostDoc Positions at University of Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Soft Matter, Biological and Statistical Physics Group seeks to recruit seven postdoctoral research associates. This follows the recent award of a 5-year Programme Grant, entitled 'DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR NEW SOFT MATERIALS'.

We seek outstanding candidates with experience in soft matter, biological or statistical physics, skills in any of the major methodologies (experimental, computational and theoretical) and with a strong interest in one or more of the following thematic areas (T1-T3) and/or materials classes (M1-M4):

T1: Controlling the rheology of multicomponent soft matter. T2: Incorporating live biological components into soft materials. T3: Creating new materials by active self assembly. M1: Multiphase soft composites for energy applications. M2: Designing particle-stabilized emulsions. M3: Colloid/polymer composites: controlling microstructure and aging. M4: Controlling the behaviour of colloid protein aggregates.

The Programme Director is Prof. Mike Cates FRS, and the Deputy Director is Prof. Wilson Poon FRSE. Edinburgh co-investigators are Prof. Martin Evans, Prof. Cait MacPhee, Dr. Davide Marenduzzo, Dr. Paul Clegg and Dr. Rosalind Allen. Additional co-investigators are Prof. Lynn Gladden FRS (Cambridge), and Prof. Peter Bruce FRS (St Andrews); some appointees will be partially seconded to those institutions.

All posts are Fixed Term appointments of 2 or 3 years duration. For exceptional candidates of proven ability to contribute across several of the above areas, longer contracts may be negotiable. Start dates will be early in 2012 unless otherwise agreed.

For further information please visit http://tinyurl.com/postdoc-positions
or, if this link does not work, visit http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk
then enter 3015014 in the vacancy reference box, press 'go' and then click on the link to 'further information'.

Due to the large number of applications expected, the staff named above cannot consider informal applications or offer advice on the prospects of success: to be considered at all for these positions, you must apply formally.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE AS SPECIFIED IN THE FURTHER INFORMATION AT THE ABOVE LINKS.

YOUR APPLICATION AND TWO LETTERS OF SUPPORT MUST ARRIVE BY 21 NOVEMBER 2011.



__________21.10.2011____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PostDoc Position at University of Twente
We have an open position for a postdoc (2 years) simulating the deposition of polymer layers by inkjet printing. The formation and dynamics of viscoelastic droplets will be studied using coarse-grained simulations with Responsive Particle Dynamics (RaPiD), with the flow behaviour tuned to the properties of industrially relevant mixtures of polymers and solvents. These properties, where not avaiblable from experiments, will be determined by atomistic simulations.
This research project is part of OZOFAB, a joint effort by ECN, Fujifilm, the Holst Centre / TNO and CBP, with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, to develop the technical know-how to mass produce polymeric photovoltaic cells.

The prospective candidate should have:

a PhD in physics, chemistry or closely related subject,
a proven track record in developing and programming particle based simulation methods,
experience with statistical physics,
experience with rheology,
a demonstrated record of research productivity,
affinity with industrial partners.
The salary is commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate.

Please send your application, with a curriculum vitae showing relevant experience, to Dr. Wouter den Otter (W.K.denOtter@utwente.nl).

Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. We emphasize that only applications meeting the above criteria will be acknowledged.



__________21.10.2011____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PostDoc Position at University of Twente
We have an open position for a postdoc (2 years) working on particle-based computer simulations that aid in the design and interpretation of experiments on soft matter. The project is part of the Collaborative Project and Support Action for Integrating Activities named ESMI (European Soft Matter Infrastructure), supported by a grant from the European Union.

The candidate is expected to further develop and apply the coarse-grained simulation techniques of Stochastic Rotation Dynamics (SRD) and Responsive Particle Dynamics (RaPiD, a Brownian Dynamics method that includes transient forces). Specifically, there will be four tasks:

to combine the two techniques to allow for simulations of combined viscous and viscoelastic soft matter phases,
to develop a fast RaPiD code for simulation of hard particles in viscoelastic liquids
to study various rheological protocols for ageing and thixotropic complex fluids, and
to simulate microfluidic flow of polymeric and associative complex fluids.
The prospective candidate should have:

a PhD in physics, chemistry or closely related subject,
a proven track record in developing and programming particle based simulation methods,
experience with statistical physics,
experience with rheology,
a demonstrated record of research productivity.
The salary is commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate.

Please send your application, with a curriculum vitae showing relevant experience, to Prof. Wim Briels (w.j.briels@utwente.nl).

Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. We emphasize that only applications meeting the above criteria will be acknowledged.



__________02.08.2011____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD Student Position at University of Antwerpen
The EMAT research group at the University of Antwerp in Belgium (www.emat.ua.ac.be) is recruiting a PhD student to join a research project on the interaction between soft and hard matter. In this project state-of-the-art electron microscopy will be used. Part of the research will be in collaboration with industrial companies.
The PhD candidate will be expected to optimize and apply advanced electron microscopy techniques in order to study interfaces between soft and hard matter (for example: polymer-steel or mixtures of carbon nanotubes and polymers)

Your profile:
• Master of science (Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry) • Background in electron microscopy is a plus • A good command of the English language is an asset

We offer:
• An exciting project in which state-of-the-art electron microscopy is used • A stimulating, high tech, and multidisciplinary research environment

Project term:
Enrolment will start as soon as possible. The Ph.D. student will be appointed for a period of four years; after the first year an evaluation will take place.

Information and application:
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Prof. S. Bals, tel. +32 3 265 3284, Sara.Bals@ua.ac.be, University of Antwerp, EMAT, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium, http://www.emat.ua.ac.be

Interested applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae, the names of two professional referees, a summary of their M.Sc. thesis and a cover letter stating their motivation to Prof. S. Bals.


__________17.05.2011____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Professor Position for Experimental Polymer Physics at University of Luxembourg

Professor for Experimental Polymer Physics
• Ref: F1-030015
• Full time, possible start date : February 2012
• Employee status
The new professor will be a member of the Physics and Material Science Research Unit. He or she will reinforce and expand the activities of the Research Unit in the area of physics of intelligent synthetic macromolecular systems and beyond that in biopolymers. We are looking for an experimental physicist with expertise in the field of electric properties of polymers with a special emphasis on functional responses of macromolecular materials. Collaboration with the experimental and theoretical groups working with polymers and related materials is expected.

Mission
• Teaching activities in the Bachelor of Sciences and Engineering BSI(a) and in the future Master in Physics of Condensed Matter. The contribution of the new colleague is essential to ensure the establishment of this new master programme.
• Close collaborations with the experimental and theoretical groups working with polymers and related materials are expected

Profil
• Internationally renowned personality with a fundamental knowledge of electrical properties of polymers and their applications as functional materials.
• Expertise in photovoltaics is desirable.

Offer
• Able to benefit from a very dynamic environment within a young and growing University
• Competitive salary

For more information about the position please contact
roland.sanctuary@uni.lu
Applications letters with clear referral to the concerned position and containing
• a detailed CV,
• the list of publications
• a short research statement
must be sent by ordinary mail until September 15th,2011 to the Dean of the Faculty
Prof. Dr. Paul Heuschling
Université du Luxembourg – Campus Kirchberg
6, rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi
L-1359 Luxembourg

Please include all application documents as pdf-documents on a CD-ROM as well.
The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer.


__________07.12.2010____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PhD Position at University of Luxembourg

Simulation of Crystallization in Polymermelts under Shear-Flow.
We have an open PhD position in the group for "Theory of Soft Condensed Matter" at the university of Luxembourg.
The topic of the PhD thesis will be a study of crystallization of a polymer melt under shear by a combination of classical MD and a novel non-equilbrium rare-event sampling method.
The thesis will be carried out in close collaboration with the experimental physics group at the "Laboratory for soft matter and advanced materials" at the university of Luxembourg. It is funded within the CORE-programme of the FNR (Luxembourgish research association).
(There is an opening for an experimental PhD in the context of this programme, too. If you are interested, please contact Prof. R. Sanctuary)
We are looking for a candidate with a Master/Diploma degree in Physics, Materials Science or a related subject. The candidate should have experience in programming and computer simulation techniques and preferably a background in statistical mechanics.

Good knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of French and German would be useful.

Please send applications to Tanja.Schilling@uni.lu


__________04.05.2010____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PhD position in Montpellier, France

Laboratoire des Colloïdes, Verres, Nanomatériaux
University Montpellier 2, Montpellier , France
3 years PhD studentship (1677 to 2014 €/month). to begin in Fall 2010
Supervision : Pr. Christian Ligoure with Dr. Laurence Ramos and Dr. Serge Mora
Fracture’s mechanisms in complex fluid
One of the major goal of the soft matter team in our lab is to investigate the mechanisms of fracture in complex fluids, that are much less documented than fractures in solid materials. To do that, we designed well defined « transient self-assembled networks” (TSANET) [1,3,4-6] that constitute a class of complex materials spontaneously forming reversible equilibrium 3-D networks which are transiently capable of transmitting elastic forces over macroscopic distances. Two very distinctive mechanical responses at high stress can be observed that leads to the following classification we propose (i) ductile fluids (smooth response with high shear, corresponding to a large amount of plastic deformation) versus (ii) brittle fluids (small or no plastic deformation before fracture occurs) [1,3]. We have reported and analyzed the brittle case [2], we plane know to extend our investigations to the ductile case. In particularly the project aims to investigate
(i) at the nanoscopic and mesosopic scales : the transition from a brittle to a ductile behaviour from the measurement of the coupling between the structural changes under shear and the non linear mechanical response of model transient networks by combining small angle scattering experiments ( Xray, Light and neutron) and rheology.
(ii)at the macroscopic scale :
Visualisation and description of various modes of fracture propagation. We will be particularly interested to
-the impact of droplet of a physical gel on an hydrophobic surface ( breaking versus spreading)
-competition between spreading and breaking of a gel on a deformable support ( fast video recording an image analysis.
(iii) the methodological tools that could be proposed to quantify the concepts of rheoductility

To apply, please send a statement of why this project interests you, a brief CV, and the full contact details of two academic referees to
Prof. C. Ligoure
christian.ligoure@univ-montp2.fr

1 « Ductility Versus Brittleness in Self-Assembled Transient Networks », H. Tabuteau, S. Mora, L. Ramos, G. Porte, and C. Ligoure Progress of Theoretical Physics (Supplement),175, 47-53 (2008)

2 Microscopic mechanisms of the brittleness of viscoelastic fluids » Tabuteau H., Mora S., Porte G., Abkarian M., and Ligoure C Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 ,155501 (2009)

3 Transition from "brittle" to "ductile" rheological behavior by tuning the morphology of self-assembled networks T. Tixier, H. Tabuteau, A. Carrière, L. Ramos and C. Ligoure Soft Matter (in press)

4 « Bridging Interactions due to telechelic linkers balanced by screened coulombic repulsions » G. Porte, , C. Ligoure , J Appell R. Aznar, J.Stat. Mechanics : theory and experiments, P05005 (2006)

5 « Structure of a new type of transient network: entangled wormlike micelles bridged by telechelic polymers » Laurence Ramos and Christian Ligoure, Macromolecules , 40, 1248 (2007)
6 « Linear viscoelasticty of entangled wormlike micelles bridged by telechelic polymers : an experimental model for a double transient network » K. Nakaya, L. Ramos, H. Tabuteau and C. Ligoure , Journal of Rheology, 52, 359-377 (2008)


__________01.04.2010____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PhD position in Darmstadt, Germany

Within the Physics department at the Technical University of Darmstadt in the Institute
of Condensed Matter Physics one
PhD position (m/f, 50%)
is available in the DFG-funded project “Flow kinetics and chain dynamics of
polymers in oriented, nano-porous materials”.
The position is available from now on for a duration of 3 years and offers the possibility
to obtain a PhD in physics.
Subject: The flow behaviour of liquids in nano-pores plays an essential role in nature,
e.g. in plants or bio-membranes, as well as for industrial applications in the field of
micro-fluidics.
This project aims at studying the effect of geometrical confinement on polymer
dynamics. Filling kinetics of the nano-pores with polymers will be investigated by
means of time resolved in-situ SAXS measurements. The relaxation processes of the
polymers in the nano-pores will be measured with dielectric spectroscopy.
Further information can be found under:
http:///www.fkp.tu-darmstadt.de/groups/ag_stuehn/
Qualifications: Applicants should hold an university degree equivalent to the German
diploma or master in physics. They should have a good knowledge in solid state
physics and especially in physics of polymers and soft condensed matter.
We expect good experimental skills; experience with X-ray diffraction and/or dielectric
spectroscopy are advantageous. A strong interest for interdisciplinary research is
required and a firm knowledge of the English language (spoken and written) is
essential.
The Technical University of Darmstadt is seeking to increase the fraction of female staff
in academia. Qualified women are therefore especially encouraged to apply.
Please send your complete application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae,
certificates and references of completed studies and diploma degree via e-mail as
a single PDF-document to: jobs@fkp.physik.tu-darmstadt.de
Letters of recommendation and publication list are appreciated.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Stühn
Experimentelle Physik kondensierter Materie
Institut für Festköperphysik
Hochschulstr. 8
64289 Darmstadt
Tel.: +49 (0)6151 162783


__________12.03.2010____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Unilever R&D Port Sunlight - Research Position in Modelling of Skin Lipids and Proteins

Unilever R&D Port Sunlight

Research Position in Modelling of Skin Lipids and Proteins

Salary around £30,000/year

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Smart Materials Group at Unilever R&D Port Sunlight. The project involves use and development of atomistic computer simulation methodologies to model the skin lipids and proteins.

Applicants should have completed a PhD in theoretical or computational chemistry, physics, or biology, and have a strong research background. Experience in the development and implementation of computer simulation methodology in the context of atomistic lipid and/or protein models is highly desirable, along with a track record in software design and development.

The role holder will join one of the strongest industrial research groups in computational modelling in Europe, with excellent facilities, and links to major software houses and leading academic groups. The project also involved links with the collaborating Unilever R&D centres in Connecticut (USA), and Bangalore (India).

This is a fixed-term appointment for two years; the proposed starting date ideally being in April 2010. The post is funded through a collaborative project linking with the Universities of Leeds, Hull and Bradford.

For further information regarding the project contact Dr Massimo Noro (Massimo.Noro@Unilever.com, Tel: 0151 641 1645).

Your completed application should include (i) a letter of application; (ii) your Curriculum Vitae; (iii) the names and addresses of three referees.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 2nd April 2010, to start as soon as possible after that date.

The temporary contract will be issued formally through the ManPower agency. You need to be entitled to work in the UK.


__________25.02.2010____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Open Positions at Goodyear

Goodyear Dunlop is one of the world’s largest tire companies. The company manufactures tires, engineered rubber products and chemicals in more than 64 facilities in 25 countries around the world. Goodyear employs about 71,000 people worldwide.

Goodyear Dunlop based in Luxembourg (Colmar-Berg) is currently looking for a team player with strong communication and analytical skills who is looking to join a dynamic business environment. Our physico-Chemist will have the following responsibilities and meet the following requirements:

Department GIC*L - Global Material Science
Position title Physico-Chemist
Job responsibilities

• Lead and coordinate new material R&D projects.
• Establish correlations between fundamental compound structure property relationships and product performance based on solid polymer and elastomer physics science.
• Set material design guidelines for product innovation.
• Cooperate actively with the metrology teams to expand material characterization techniques and data analysis tools.
• Work in multidisciplinary project teams.
Education

• The candidate must have successfully completed a 4/5-year university study in chemistry, physical chemistry or physics (Diploma, Master) followed by a doctorate thesis (PhD).

Languages
• The candidate must be fluent in English (oral/written).
• Knowledge of French and/or German will be considered as an asset.

Experience
• The candidate should have a solid experience/background in the physical characterization of polymer/composite materials.
• Experiences with elastomers will be considered as an asset.

Skills & Qualifications
• Knowledge on PC based software (MS Office, Matlab, Origin, statistical software, etc.)

Profile
• Ready to work in an international environment.
• Team player.
• Self motivated.
• Open minded and flexible.
• Good communication skills on all levels

Contact person
Anne Pasquel – HR Business Partner – Recruitment
Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations S.A.
Human Resources Division

⇒ Please apply via http://www.goodyear-dunlop.com/career



__________02.11.2009____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

One postdoctoral position within an industrial joint research project...

.... is available in the group of Polymers and Non-Crystalline Materials Group at the Material Physics Center in San Sebastian (Spain).

Title of the project: Dielectric Spectroscopy on Nano-composites

Due: Immediately (within next two months)

The objective of the work is to systematically investigate the impact of external constraints, like strain and pressure, on chain dynamics in technical nano-filled rubbers and establish a comparison between dynamics in the bulk and at the surface of the rubber sample based on dielectric spectroscopy. The position is for two years. Highly motivated candidates with a good background in polymer physics, molecular dynamics and experimental techniques are encouraged to apply for this position. The applicant should hold a Ph. D. in Physics or Materials Science. Experience with dielectric spectroscopy techniques is desirable as well as (although not excluding) basic knowledge of AFM techniques.

To apply for the position send a CV and a brief letter of motivation (one paragraph) to

Dr. Gustavo A. Schwartz
Centro de Física de Materiales
Centro Mixto CSIC-UPV/EHU

Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal 4
20018 - San Sebastián
Spain

Phone (+34) 943 018239
Fax (+34) 943 015600

schwartz@ehu.es
email: schwartz@ehu.es



__________28.10.2009____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PhD studentship at the Research Centre Jülich, Germany - Mixtures of colloidal particles with shape anisotropy under shear
Begin January 2010


The phase behavior of mixtures of colloidal particles with different morphology is very rich and poorly studied. When in addition such mixtures are submitted to an external field like a shear flow a zoo of thermodynamic and hydrodynamic instabilities is expected due to the fact that the coupling of particle position and orientation to the flow strongly depends on its shape. The aim of this PhD project is to sketch out this behavior. We combine state of the art sample preparation with state of the art experiments, where the aim is to visualize simultaneously the different particles in the system. To this end we use fast confocal microscopy at multiple wavelengths under shear flow in combination with a home-build counter-rotating cone-plate shear device. The PhD work is done in close contact with theoreticians from our group. The project takes place in the frame work of the Helmholtz research school Biosoft located within the Research Centre Jülich. The aim of the school is to give PhD students a broad education in biophysics and soft matter. As such it provides an excellent scientific environment. Candidates should have a background in experimental physics or physical chemistry. Also interest in statistical physics and/or image treatment is appreciated. The Research Centre Jülich is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from disabled persons are welcome.   For more information, please contact:

Dr. Pavlik Lettinga
Phone: +49 2461 61 4515    Fax:    
+49 2461 61 2280   
Email:   p.lettinga@fz-juelich.de

Research Centre Jülich
Institute of Solid State Research (IFF)
Soft Matter Division
D-52425 Jülich Germany

__________03.10.2009____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Several Ph.D. positions are available in the Theoretical Polymer
Physics group at the University of Halle.


The Ph.D. candidates will
work on computer simulations of polymer physics problems. Both Monte
Carlo and Molecular
Dynamics approaches are possible and the models employed range from
chemically realistic to coarse-grained, also including mapping
strategies between the different modeling levels.

Possible topics are: the glass transition in polymer melts; multi-
scale modeling of polymer solutions; Wang-Landau simulations of
single chain
thermodynamics; block-copolymer nano-composites; and more.

If you are interested to join the team please send your CV including
a statement about your numerical and programming experience to:

Wolfgang.Paul@physik.uni-halle.de


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Paul
Physics Institute
Faculty of Natural Sciences II
Von Seckendorff Platz 1
D-06120 Halle (Saale)
Germany

__________13.10.2009____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


A postdoctoral position for two years...

...starting Jan 1st, 2010 or a few months later, salary scheme TV-L E13, is available in the framework of the special priority program SPP1296 on “Heterogeneous Nucleation and Microstructure Formation”.

The successful candidate is expected to work on a research project on Monte Carlo simulations of crystal nucleation in colloid-polymer mixtures in the presence of surfaces which act as preferred sites for heterogeneous nucleation.

New techniques to estimate surface free energies, contact angles, and free energy barriers in these systems will be developed in the course of this project. Results are to be compared to calculations from other theoretical groups (which perform classical density functional theory calculations and phase field modelling) and experiments within the SPP1296.

Interactions with the group of Dr. J. Horbach (DLR Cologne), who performs molecular dynamics simulations of heterogeneous crystal nucleation in metallic melts will also be continued.

The successful candidate should have a background in statistical mechanics and condensed matter theory and broad simulation experience.

Applications should be sent to:

Prof. Dr. Kurt Binder
Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
55099 Mainz, Staudinger Weg 7
kurt.binder@uni-mainz.de

__________24.06.2009_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PhD programs in Neutron Scattering in controlled Rheology

2 PhD positions for EU citizens coming from outside of Germany in Neutron Scattering and Rheology are immediately available at the Research Center Jülich (FZJ), Institute for Solid State Research, Neutron scattering, D-52425.

In the Framework of the Marie Curie Training Network DYNACOP (DYNamics of Architecturally Complex Polymers), funded under FP7 , 10 European research institutions and 2 world-leading companies are connected and which the students will visit and cooperate with during the 4years project time.
In the field of Molecular Rheology, synergic efforts in combining linear and non-linear rheology with time- and length scale dependent small angle neutron scattering and neutron spin echo spectroscopy will be pursued for the investigation of model polymeric systems. Model-branched polymer architectures in blends and model nano composites will be studied.

The ideal canditates have a Diploma or Master in experimental Physics or Physical Chemistry and are interested in scattering techniques and rheological behaviour of Soft Matter. Their physical skills should be excellent and knowledge of programming is advantageous. In view of the training aspect, it is expected that the candidates will spend parts of the appointment in partner institutes abroad. Their final degree will be from the University of Münster, Germany. Current rules as for Marie Curie People programs apply. The allotted PhD thesis period is 3years.

Applications including CV and detailed education with grades should be addressed to
Prof. D. Richter or Dr. W. Pyckhout-Hintzen
(neutronscattering@fz-juelich.de).

Tel.0049 2461 61 4681

Deadline: 15.08.2009

_________18.05.2009______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Lectureship in experimental biological/soft condensed matter physics

Applications are invited for a lectureship in experimental biological/soft condensed matter physics to join a growing group within the Department of Physics and the University’s new interdisciplinary Biophysical Sciences Institute. Informal enquiries can be made to
Professor Tom McLeish
Vacancy reference: 3211.

Closing date: 17 June 2009

Further details of the post and an application form are available on our website:
Website
or telephone 0191 334 6499; fax 091 334 6495


_________17.03.2009______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Experimental Soft Matter Physics...

The Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
School of Physics and Astronomy

... is looking for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Experimental Soft Matter Physics

The School of Physics and Astronomy is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated experimental scientist to join the Polymers and Complex Fluids group as a Lecturer. You will participate in teaching duties at all levels within the School.

With a PhD in Physics or a closely related discipline, you will have a strong track record of experimental research and a history of attracting research funding commensurate with your experience. You should be eager to collaborate widely in an interdisciplinary environment, and demonstrate a clear research vision. Ideally your expertise will be in the dynamics and/or flow of complex fluids and/or biological materials, which complements our current research interests in polymer physics, non-equilibrium physics of complex fluids, statistical mechanics, and biophysics. However, excellent candidates in any area of experimental Soft Matter Physics that complements the current expertise in the School are encouraged to apply.

For the Senior Lecturer post you will be expected to be an experienced teacher, have a significant research and publication record and to be able to demonstrate appropriate administrative and leadership skills. A track record of raising external research income would be essential.

Informal enquiries to Professor Peter Olmsted
tel +44 (0)113 343 3830.


To download an application form and job details please visit and click on jobs

Alternatively, these may be obtained via recruitment@adm.leeds.ac.uk or tel +44 (0)113 343 5771.

Job ref 327006 Closing date 1 May 2009
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