Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham: Soft Matter and Biological
Physics (two posts)
Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions in theoretical
and computational soft condensed matter and biological physics, to work
with Prof. Suzanne Fielding in the Department of Physics at Durham
University on a project funded by the ERC Advanced Grant ‘RheoYield’.
The positions are to commence in January 2021 or as soon as possible
thereafter. Because of the current situation regarding Covid-19, this
date is flexible and open for discussion. Each position is funded for 2
years in the first instance with the possibility of extending to 3 years.
The project’s overall aims will be to understand the deformation and
flow behaviour of so-called yield stress materials, which keep their
shape like solids at low loads, yet flow like a liquid at larger loads.
One possible focus could be on the statistical physics of the process
whereby a material in an initially solid-like state firsts yields and
starts to flow. Besides the immediate applications of the work to soft
matter physics, and potentially also to the fracture mechanics of hard
materials, yielding also governs geological processes such as
landslides, avalanches and lava flows. It also determines the reshaping
of active biological tissue under the internal stresses caused by
processes such as cell division, including during embryo development or
tumour growth. Depending on the interests of the candidate, the project
could develop a more specific focus on any of these particular areas.
The work will draw on concepts of statistical physics, rheology, fluid
dynamics, and related fields. Depending on the interests of the
applicant, the work could be mainly computational or could combine
numerics with analytical work. An interest in collaborating with our
experimental soft matter programme would also be welcomed.
Further details about Prof. Fielding’s research group can be found at
http://community.dur.ac.uk/suzanne.fielding/, about the department at
https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/, and about the Durham Centre for Soft
Matter at https://www.dur.ac.uk/soft.matter/
Details of how to apply can be found here:
The closing date for applications is 25th November 2020.
Prof. Suzanne Fielding
Department of Physics, Durham University
South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE
Phone: +44 (0)191 334 1408
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 5823