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Ph.D position: Collective properties of thermophoretic microswimmers

Advertising institute: ICS-2 - Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics
Reference number: D048/2014, Physics

The Soft Matter Theory group of the Institute of Complex Systems at the Forschungszentrum Jülich is looking for a candidate to work on the research project:

Collective properties of thermophoretic microswimmers

The Ph.D work will continue an existing research line, where the properties of thermophoretic microswimmers will be investigated mostly by computer simulations. The project is part of a German research network on microswimmers, such that we will collaborate with experimentalist and other theoreticians within Jülich and other German institutions. Direct access to all the necessary facilities will be provided, including a large Linux cluster within the group, and supercomputing resources in Jülich.

Our institute provides an excellent research infrastructure and is part of the EU networks SoftComp ( and ESMI ( Forschungszentrum Jülich is a member of the Helmholtz Association, one of the major research institutions in Europe. It is located near the town of Jülich, which is close to the university cities of Aachen, Bonn, Cologne and Düsseldorf and is well-connected within Europe by the airports of Cologne-Bonn and Düsseldorf.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a Master’s degree title in Physics or a related subject. Given that the main focus of the project is to develop and perform computer simulations within the framework of statistical physics, the relevant experience and high motivation for this type of work is required. Knowledge in soft matter systems and related topics would also be of great advantage.

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Applications are welcome by email until a suitable candidate is found. The application should include a cover letter, current CV, university transcripts, and contacts for references. The appointment is for 3 years, starting as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Marisol Ripoll
Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics,
Institute for Complex Systems (ICS-2)
Forschungzentrum Jülich,
52425 Jülich

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