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Directing through chirality the self-organization of complex fluids formed by colloidal rods and spheres
CNRS - Universite de Bordeaux, Pessac
Centre de Recherche Paul-Pascal
Physics (Other) Physical Chemistry Condensed Matter Physics 
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In the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Initial Training Network "DiStruc" (, an experimental PhD position is open in Bordeaux University in the field of soft condensed matter.  

PhD topic: The competition between chirality-induced twist and long-range positional order will be studied in dense self-organized structures by tuning the molecular chirality using mixtures of two different mutants with  opposite chiral handedness in combination with fluorescence microscopy,
X-ray scattering, freeze-fracture techniques and optical tweezers. Different composites formed by our model system of colloidal rods (namely the fd virus) and hard (like quantum dots) or soft (i.e.
polymer) spheres will be studied, aiming in particular at decorating the topological defects. In order to monitor the self-assembly properties, biofunctionalization of the viral particles will also be performed
during the PhD project.

Excellent candidates with commitment are sought for this ambitious, exciting, high level, inter- and multidisciplinary project. In addition to their individual scientific projects, they will benefit from further continuing education, which includes secondments in academia and/or industry, a variety of training sessions as well as active participation in workshops and conferences. Applicants should be in possession of, or expect to attain, an MS in a relevant discipline (Chemistry, Physics, Materials
science, Chemical engineering). Note that mobility is a key aspect of this European Training Network and candidates should check their eligibility (for more information, visit DiStruc offers competitive salaries in accordance with the MSCA-ITN regulations.

We expect the graduate students typically to start during the summer of 2015. We strongly encourage candidates to express their interest as soon as possible.


Posted on: 22 January 2015Deadline to apply: 31 July 2015Start Date: 01 September 2015 Duration: 36 months
The Fund category is Public Funding - University and the salary is 40-45k€ annual gross
in the Aquitaine Region.

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