Course(s) Offered: Physics
Course Level: Postdoctoral
Provider: University of Surrey
Country to Study in: UK
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position starting on 1 March 2011 (or soon thereafter if a later start is required by the successful applicant).
The goal of the position is to build a mechanical model of the adhesive properties of liquid crystal elastomers, and to explore the possibility of their application in a novel class of adhesives.
In addition to a Ph.D degree in an applied mathematics, physics or a relevant engineering discipline, it is also desirable that the successful candidate will have:
- Expertise of finite element modelling;
- Experience of constitutive models of soft materials.
Citizens of ANY country may apply
Department of Physics, University of Surrey, UK
Field of study
Postdoctoral level research on Modelling Switchable Liquid Crystalline Adhesives.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Liquid crystal elastomers have a coupling between the macroscopic mechanical deformations of the rubber to the microscopic orientation of the liquid crystal director.
The mechanical properties, and hence the tack energy, are strongly dependent on the director orientation.
This project will aim to exploit this connection to make a switchable pressure sensitive adhesive, that will have a wide range of applications.
Number of awards
Not specified; but likely ONE position is required
This is a twelve month post, and is part of an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funded project that aims to develop a novel type of switchable adhesive.
A budget for travel and other expenses will be provided, and there will be several opportunities to attend related conferences.
Method of Application
To apply, visit the official website to download the Application Form. You must fully fill in the form and submit it in a timely manner. See the application deadline dates below.
All application interests must be submitted on or before the deadline of 14th day of February 2011
The research will be carried out with collaborators at the University of Cambridge.
The Soft Matter group of Surrey’s Department of Physics has active research interests in a wide range of topics including experimental research in polymer colloids for use in novel coatings and switchable adhesives, electronic and optical properties of nanostructured materials, and theoretical research in modelling signalling and protein dynamics inside cells, protein crystallisation.
We also have a combined theoretical and experimental NMR effort in microstructures of cement.
Application Deadline: 14 February 2011
Open to International Students: Yes
Further Scholarship Information and Application
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