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Directing dynamics by rod characteristics & interactions: study at the single particle scale with a model system of colloidal rods
CNRS - Universite de Bordeaux, Pessac
Centre de Recherche Paul-Pascal
Physics (Other) Condensed Matter Physics Physical Chemistry 
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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: We will study effect of particle (length, aspect ratio, flexibility) and system characteristics (interactions, volume fraction) on single rod dynamics in highly ordered (meso)phases, focusing especially on the effect of nearby phase transitions on the collective dynamics. The PhD project will be performed using a model system of colloidal rods which can be visualized and tracked at the single particle scale. Experiments on functionalized (i.e. thermo-responsive) rods to approach continuously
the phase transitions will provide original data thanks to high-speed cameras to capture so far inaccessible relevant times scales. This research work implying image analysis will be performed in close
collaboration with theoreticians and computer simulators of the DiStruc network.​

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,
Materialsscience, 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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