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Featured Openings

Postdoctoral positions in biological active matter physics

1. Applications are invited for a Mathers Foundation funded postdoctoral position in the Biological Physics and Intracellular Organization of Microtubules in the Department of Physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The funded research concerns the dynamics and pattern formation of cytoskeletal filaments and motor proteins. This research will use a combination of biochemical, biophysical, microscopy, and modeling techniques.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in Physics, Biophysics, Bioengineering, or other related field. Excellent quantitative skills are required. Initial appointment is for 1 years, renewable contingent upon excellent performance. Post-doctoral research associates at the University of Massachusetts are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits, depending on experience.

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, research statement, up to three sample publications, and the contact details of three referees here http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=55721 Review of applications will begin January 5, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Jennifer Ross by email (rossj@physics.umass.edu).

2. Applications are invited for an NIH funded postdoctoral position in biological physics in the Department of Physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The funded research concerns examining the single molecule enzyme kinetics of microtubule severing enzymes of the fidgetin family using single molecule approaches. This research will use a combination of biochemical, biophysical, microscopy, and modeling techniques.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in Physics, Biophysics, Bioengineering, or other related field. Excellent quantitative skills are required. Initial appointment is for 1 year, renewable contingent upon excellent performance. Post-doctoral research associates at the University of Massachusetts are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits, depending on experience

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, research statement, up to three sample publications, and the contact details of three referees here http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=55720 Review of applications will begin January 5, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Jennifer Ross by email (rossj@physics.umass.edu).


Tenured/Tenure-track faculty position - Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

The Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (untenured) level. Outstanding individuals holding (or soon to hold) a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely related discipline will be considered. Applications from all areas of Chemical Engineering are welcome, particularly those focused on Soft Matter, including (but not limited) to soft matter theory and simulation, polymer chemistry, and colloid and interface science. The successful candidate will have a distinguished track record and is expected to develop a vibrant externally funded research program, to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Chemical Engineering, and to advise graduate students. Applications with a cover letter, a detailed resume, a description of research and teaching interests, and names and addresses of four references should be uploaded online. Review of applications begins October 1, 2014 and continues until the position is filled. Applications submitted prior to December 1, 2014 will receive full consideration. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and strongly encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and members of underrepresented minority groups. Visithttp://www.seas.yale.edu to learn more about the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Yale.

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4541

 


Undergraduate

Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering and Technology

The Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET) program brings science and engineering community college undergraduates to the UC Santa Barbara campus for a summer research experience. Interns gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation in a dynamic, collaborative research environment. They are matched individually with UCSB faculty and graduate student lab mentors who provide training and support. Interns attend weekly meetings, special seminars, and have the opportunity to develop their presentation skills throughout the summer. INSET 2014 Program Dates: June 23 to August 15, 2014 Interns are paid $3,500 for 8 weeks at 35 hr/week. Interns are not allowed to hold other jobs or attend summer courses during the internship. We provide University housing or a $900 housing stipend

Modern Materials REU Program at the University of California, Merced

Join UC Merced in its second annual Research Experiences for Undergradutes Program: Applications on Modern Materials. As the tenth (and newest) campus of the University of California system, participants benefit from amazing resources in a close-knit community of diverse scholars. Take part in cutting-edge research with faculty and graduate student mentors. Seminars will illustrate the variety of research activities in modern materials. Participate in an annual Research Symposia at UC Merced and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Workshops prepare you to use your summer research to take the next steps in your STEM career. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents currently in their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Underrepresented minorities,women, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due in spring 2015 - dates coming soon.

 

Summer Internships at Fom Institute Amolf, Amsterdam

Openings for 4th year undergraduate students to work alongside graduate researchers at the Fom Institute Amolf are open for application in the Scheffold group. The research projects are.
Reversibility and structural memory of collagen networks Using optical tweezers to measure the elasticity of single fibers within bio­polymer gels
Building artificial cells in microfabricated chambers
Cell-matrix interactions on micropatterned substrates

To apply or read more visit the Fom Institute Amolf website.


Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities at the University of Fribourg, Frank Scheffold Group

Superresolution Imaging of Nanoparticles Stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STROM) or photoactivated localiza­tion microsocopy (PALM) is a statistical approach to nanoparticle imaging where only a subset of fluorophores are switched on at a given time. The aim of this master project is to study hierarchical internal structures of soft colloids. Here we plan to implement Stochas­tic optical reconstruction microscopy (STROM) or photoactivated localization microsocopy (PALM) methods which provide the best resolution to date. The experiments shall be car­ried out using a state of the art microscopy workstation recently acquired by the group. Optical Tweezer and Particle Tracking Recently the Scheffold Group has found evidence that a simple microstructural model, namely a polymer brush-like corona covering a densely crosslinked core, captures the essential physics of interactions in these very interesting nanomaterials. They now plan to measure directly the soft elastic interactions of temerature sensitive microgel particles using two optical tweezers.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST)

Students and schools are invited to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Gaithersburg, MD Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering. Note that applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students.

Graduate

Graduate Opportunities at RSC Publishing

There's no bigger organisation in Europe involved in the promotion of Chemical Sciences than the RSC. RSC graduate opportunities provide a fantastic way to develop a career in science without working in the lab. They are looking for high calibre graduates who are passionate about advancing the Chemical Sciences and are able to offer opportunities to join different teams in the RSC. As well as on the job training candidates will join our graduate development programme. Our graduate development programme incorporates core training around areas such as understanding the RSC and their expectations, professionalism, managing performance and business skills. They also offer a number of electives that have been designed to support individual development e.g. networking, project management, assertiveness.

Post-Doctoral

Postdoctoral positions in biological active matter physics

1. Applications are invited for a Mathers Foundation funded postdoctoral position in the Biological Physics and Intracellular Organization of Microtubules in the Department of Physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The funded research concerns the dynamics and pattern formation of cytoskeletal filaments and motor proteins. This research will use a combination of biochemical, biophysical, microscopy, and modeling techniques.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in Physics, Biophysics, Bioengineering, or other related field. Excellent quantitative skills are required. Initial appointment is for 1 years, renewable contingent upon excellent performance. Post-doctoral research associates at the University of Massachusetts are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits, depending on experience.

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, research statement, up to three sample publications, and the contact details of three referees here http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=55721 Review of applications will begin January 5, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Jennifer Ross by email (rossj@physics.umass.edu).

2. Applications are invited for an NIH funded postdoctoral position in biological physics in the Department of Physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The funded research concerns examining the single molecule enzyme kinetics of microtubule severing enzymes of the fidgetin family using single molecule approaches. This research will use a combination of biochemical, biophysical, microscopy, and modeling techniques.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in Physics, Biophysics, Bioengineering, or other related field. Excellent quantitative skills are required. Initial appointment is for 1 year, renewable contingent upon excellent performance. Post-doctoral research associates at the University of Massachusetts are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits, depending on experience

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, research statement, up to three sample publications, and the contact details of three referees here http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=55720 Review of applications will begin January 5, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Jennifer Ross by email (rossj@physics.umass.edu).

 

2 Postdoctoral positions at the Weizmann Institute

Micro-technology of capsule preparation and its dynamics in various flows

Capsule with an elastic polymer membrane is one of the models of red blood cell (RBC). The capsules are also interested by their own since they are widely used in industry and biology. Its dynamics has features similar to RBC dynamics. A capsule is a drop of a fluid covered by a polymer membrane with stretching elasticity. Since the properties of the capsule membrane differ from those of lipid one, their dynamics are also different. In spite of rather intensive numerical and recently theoretical studies of the capsule dynamics, the experimental studies are very scarce. It is explained mostly by the difficulties to produce the capsules with given parameters in the control way, so that the elastic properties of the capsule membrane will be close to those of RBC or in the needed range of values. Thus the well-controlled and reproducible technology of capsule production based on microfluidics is necessary ingredient to quantitatively study its dynamics. The technology developed recently at the lab allows getting rather uniform size micro-capsules but it should be revised and improved to be more reliable and reproducible. This development gives us the opportunity to study the dynamics of capsules in micro-fluidic devices.

Polymerized vesicle as a stress sensor in a flow

A polymerized vesicle is a vesicle with a bilayer membrane that includes polymers attached to lipid molecules. These polymers can be polymerized to create a polymerized elastic monolayer inside the lipid membrane. First, the dynamics of such object is interesting by its own since it can differ from both vesicle and capsule dynamics. But it is mostly important from the application point of view, since I consider it as a possible candidate for stress sensor in a flow. The latter does not exist at the moment but crucial for measurements of elastic stresses in elastic turbulence and then in turbulent drag reduction. Besides it can be used as a temperature and pH probe in the flow. We have first preliminary results on technology of preparation and characterization of such vesicles. We also would like to work on technology of preparation of uniform size polymerized vesicles in a micro-fluidic channel in order to develop vesicle image tensometry.

Visit the group website for contact information or to apply.

Faculty/Staff

Tenured/Tenure-track faculty position - Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

The Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (untenured) level. Outstanding individuals holding (or soon to hold) a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely related discipline will be considered. Applications from all areas of Chemical Engineering are welcome, particularly those focused on Soft Matter, including (but not limited) to soft matter theory and simulation, polymer chemistry, and colloid and interface science. The successful candidate will have a distinguished track record and is expected to develop a vibrant externally funded research program, to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Chemical Engineering, and to advise graduate students. Applications with a cover letter, a detailed resume, a description of research and teaching interests, and names and addresses of four references should be uploaded online. Review of applications begins October 1, 2014 and continues until the position is filled. Applications submitted prior to December 1, 2014 will receive full consideration. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and strongly encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and members of underrepresented minority groups. Visithttp://www.seas.yale.edu to learn more about the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Yale.

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4541

Tenure track UK University Academic Fellow - Self Assembling Photonic Materials

The University of Leeds is seeking to appoint 250 Academic Fellows. As part of this exciting initiative the School of Physics and Astronomy is looking to appoint an Academic Fellow in the area of Self Assembling Photonic Materials.
With a vision and drive to develop a prestigious internationally competitive research portfolio as well as a passion for undertaking research-led teaching you will make a significant impact on the performance, stature and profile of research and student education at The University of Leeds.
This University Academic Fellowship (UAF) is a tenure track equivalent post for future academic leaders which provides an excellent opportunity to establish an academic career at a research intensive University and play a key role in our ambitious plans for the future. You will embark on a structured five year development programme, successful completion of which will lead to your appointment as a grade 9 Associate Professor.

Working in the School of Physics and Astronomy, you will also apply your experimental skills in novel materials and their technological application to the furthering collaboration with experts from the schools of Chemistry, Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the Astbury Centre for Biophysics. This will lead to joint funding bids for further research in ‘Grand Challenge Areas’ including ‘Understanding Self Assembly’ and Innovative Manufacturing’ at Leeds. You will build a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, and possess a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications. You will also be expected to participate strongly in the development and delivery of relevant educational material/programmes at the undergraduate and PhD levels.
You will have a PhD in Physics, an excellent track record of research in experimental physics applied to photonic soft matter systems and a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a research environment.

Application deadline Nov 15th 2015


For more information on this post or to apply please visit https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?id=672&forced=1

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Helen Gleeson, email: H.F.Gleeson@leeds.ac.uk or Professor Tom Hartquist, tel: +44 (0)113 343 3885; email: T.W.Hartquist@leeds.ac.uk.

 

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