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NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at NIST on Computational Self-Assembly of Soft Matter Systems

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate to use theory, molecular simulation, and machine learning to understand how chemical functionalization of soft matter systems (e.g., colloids, polymers) affects their self-assembly into different structures. Recent work has shown how phase diagrams can be predicted for multicomponent colloidal assemblies using novel structure enumeration schemes based on symmetry [1,2]. This project will focus on extending previous work and connecting it with experimentally viable design routes to enable the rational design and synthesis of colloidal crystals, monolayers, and functional materials.

[1] “Using symmetry to elucidate the importance of stoichiometry in colloidal crystal assembly,” N. A. Mahynski, E. Pretti, V. K. Shen, J. Mittal, Nature Commun., 10 2028 (2019).
[2] “Symmetry-based crystal structure enumeration in two dimensions,” E. Pretti, V. K. Shen, J. Mittal, N. A. Mahynski, J. Phys. Chem. A 124, 3276-3285 (2020).

Postdoctoral research assistant

We are looking for a motivated postdoc to join our team on a project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and focusing on understanding the relations between spatial organization and metabolic interactions among microorganisms within phototrophic granules from a freshwater reservoir.

The project will focus on tracking spatial organisation and metabolic interactions using tools such as fluorescent microscopy, microfluidics, microprobes, and metabolomics. The ideal candidate should have a background in microbial physiology, biophysics (soft matter), analytical chemistry, or related fields.

Assistant Professor in Soft Condensed Matter – Department of Physics – UC Berkeley

The Physics Department at the University of California, Berkeley is conducting an open search to fill a ten- ure-track faculty position for an Assistant Professor in Soft Condensed Matter with an expected start date of July 1, 2021. This position is open to all sub-fields of soft condensed matter, broadly defined, including but not limited to biological soft condensed matter physics, nonbiological soft condensed matter physics, and related areas of nonlinear physics.