A two-year postdoctoral position in active matter at Imperial College London

A two-year postdoctoral position will be available in Jamming and Glassy Behaviour in Active Matter in the teams of Dr Chiu Fan Lee and Dr Thibault Bertrand at Imperial College London. The position is funded by a Leverhulme Trust research grant and the successful candidate will be expected to start no later than April 2020.

Active jamming refers to the liquid-to-solid transition of systems consisting of self-propelled particles, in which the solid phase remains amorphous with an isostatic contact network. Active jamming has been argued to be relevant to diverse processes in living and non-equilibrium synthetic systems. However, while jamming in passive systems is a well-established phenomenon, it remains unclear whether active jamming can even occur. In this project, we aim to settle the question of its existence, and through the process elucidate the behaviour of an active system close to the known passive jammed state. We will achieve these aims using a two-pronged approach that involves both direct simulation methods, and analytical scaling analyses.

We seek a highly motivated applicant who has obtained, or is about to obtain, a Ph.D. in physics, biophysics, or a closely related discipline. Research experience in active matter, glassy physics, and jamming is highly valued, although not required. The successful applicant will perform numerical simulations and analytical calculations in collaboration with Dr Chiu Fan Lee (Department of Bioengineering) and Dr Thibault Bertrand (Department of Mathematics), and will have opportunities to engage with the Imperial College Network of Excellence: Physics of Life (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/physics-of-life) and the Mathematical Physics group (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/mathematical-physics/). The position will be based in the Department of Bioengineering.

The duration of the postdoctoral appointment is two years. Further particulars will be available soon, and we anticipate that the deadline for applications will be at the end of January. Please check jobs.ac.uk, the Imperial College jobs website or the PIs respective webpages in the next few weeks. Informal enquiries are encouraged at any time and should be sent to Dr Chiu Fan Lee (c.lee@imperial.ac.uk) or Dr Thibault Bertrand (t.bertrand@imperial.ac.uk).

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