Assistant Professor in Soft Condensed Matter Physics

Durham (GB)
£33,199 - £48,676
16 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor in Soft Condensed Matter Physics
The role

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professorship in Soft Condensed Matter Physics, to be held in the Department of Physics at Durham University.

Candidates should hold a PhD or equivalent in physics or a closely related subject and have an outstanding record of research in soft matter. Those with expertise in theory and/or molecular simulations of soft matter and complex fluids are particularly encouraged to apply. An interest in collaborating with our experimental soft matter programme would also be welcomed.

Soft matter research in an important sub theme within the condensed matter physics programme in Durham. Our current interests include the theory and simulation of non-equilibrium dynamics, phase behaviour, rheology, self-assembly, fluid dynamics, wetting, interfacial phenomena, membrane physics and biophysics. Experimental research includes interfaces at the nanoscale; functional principles of biological membranes and responsive interfaces; and bio-molecular design as an approach to synthetic biology. Existing infrastructure include Durham's high-performance computing service (Hamilton), and experimental facilities for atomic force microscopy, circular dichroism, confocal microscopy, epifluorescence microscopy, and dynamic light scattering.

Durham has made soft matter a key strategic area for growth in recent years: both within Physics, and more widely across the University, with additional appointments in Mathematics, Engineering and in the Chemistry Department's Soft Matter, Surfaces and Interfaces group. Durham's strong commitment to this area of research is also demonstrated through the support for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces www.dur.ac.uk/soft.matter/soficdt/about/, the Durham Centre for Soft Matter https://www.dur.ac.uk/soft.matter/, and the Biophysical Sciences Institute https://www.dur.ac.uk/bsi/, which act as cross-campus focal points for activity in this area. These also embed strategic links to numerous companies with interests in soft matter, and a willingness to engage with industrial partners would also be welcome.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an original and independent research program in Soft Condensed Matter, publishing world-class research in high impact journals They will also contribute to the development and delivery of high-quality research-led teaching that produces a world-class learning environment that enables students to achieve their potential.

Vacancy Reference: PHYS19-58