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Directing through chirality the self-organization of complex fluids formed by colloidal rods and spheres
CNRS - University of Bordeaux, Pessac
Centre de Recherche Paul-Pascal
Physical Chemistry Physics (Other) Biophysics 
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Early Stage Researcher - PhD position open in Soft Matter

DiStruc: Directed Structure at the Meso-Scale

Experiments, Theory and Simulations on Colloidal Rods

One Early Stage Researcher (PhD position) position is available in
CNRS-Bordeaux ( in the field of Soft Matter, funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Initial Training Network DiStruc (

Research project:

Directing through chirality the self-organization of complex fluids formed by colloidal rods and spheres

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 fd filamentous 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 research project.          


Excellent candidates with commitment are sought for this ambitious, exciting, high level, inter- and multidisciplinary project.
Applicants should be in possession of, or expect to attain, a Master’s in a relevant discipline (Chemistry, Physics, Materials science, Nanoscience).

The position is full time and fixed term of three years. The student will be enrolled in a PhD programme.
DiStruc offers highly competitive salaries in accordance with the MSCA-ITN regulations.

We expect the Early Stage Researcher typically to start during the summer of 2016. We strongly encourage candidates to express their interest as soon as possible.

More information:

Dr Eric Grelet

Centre de Recherche Paul-Pascal

C.N.R.S. – Université de Bordeaux

115 Avenue Albert Schweitzer

33600 Pessac, France


Phone: +33 5 56 84 56 13

Fax:     +33 5 56 84 56 00






Posted on: 31 May 2016Deadline to apply: 31 July 2016Start Date: 01 September 2016 Duration: 36 months
The Fund category is Public Funding - University and the salary is 40-45k€ annual gross
Doctoral School is Doctoral program in physical and engineering sciences in the Aquitaine Region.

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