Post-doctoral - Functional Acoustic Coatings with Soft Metamaterials

Bordeaux (FR)
03 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
04 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Post-doctoral position at University of Bordeaux :
Functional Acoustic Coatings with Soft Metamaterials.

This research project aims at developing a new class of acoustic coatings based on the metamaterial concept, which are easily processable and up-scalable by soft matter techniques coupled with microfluidics (Science 342, 323, 2013). Our “soft” approach has recently proven successful to produce soft 3D acoustic negative-index metafluids, composed of porous particles,
with one (Nature Mater. 111, 264301, 2015) or two negative bands (Adv. Mater. 28, 1760, 2016).

Now, we focus on the design and the manufacture of metamaterial-based demonstrators with targeted functionalities for water-borne waves closely linked to extreme values of the complexvalued acoustic index such as (i) sub-wavelength acoustic coatings for insulation, anechoism and stealth, or (ii) negative-/zero-index caps for ultrasonic beamforming/front-shaping.

Expected profile
Young researcher with sound bases in (acoustic) wave physics in complex media with a pronounced interest in physico-chemistry. Experience in ultrasound characterization, or related experimental skills, is advantageous, but not mandatory. On top of that, the candidate has to be rigorous, creative and motivated by working in a highly interdisciplinary research environment
since he/she will work at I2M closely with the non-permanent staff already hired on this project by our physico-chemist partners (1 PhD student at CRPP + 1 Post-Doc at LOF).

We are a research team unconstrained by traditional disciplines and apply engineering excellence to enable breakthrough scientific discovery. We have a friendly and dynamic research environment with close, daily interaction among all group members and strong collaborations with many international academic partners. We are situated in the heart of University of Bordeaux campus, one of the leading technical universities of Europe, where we enjoy newly renovated office and lab space. The University of Bordeaux, labeled “Campus of Excellence” by the French government in 2011, was awarded significant funding to support its international profile and excellence, both in
research and in education. Initiatives include the Advanced MAterials by Design (AMADEus) Laboratory of Excellence targeted to become a worldwide-recognized major cluster in materials science, engineering and technology, carrying out scientific research and innovation at the
interfaces of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering.

Contact details
The position is for one year, renewable once, starting at the beginning of 2017. Applications should include a CV, as well as contact details of two academic referees. Please also include a statement explaining your suitability for the project (with all documents in a single file).

Informal enquiries can be sent to Dr Thomas Brunet thomas.brunet@u-bordeaux.fr. Applications
should be made through the website of the Laboratory of Excellence AMADEUS