University of Surrey Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Physics for International Researchers

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Physics
Course Level: Postdoctoral
Provider: University of Surrey
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
The University of Surrey is happy to announce and offer a Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for eligible candidates from any country of the world who fulfil the requirements as below.

The goal of the position of a Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 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.

Applications are invited for this postdoctoral research position starting on 1 March 2011 (or soon thereafter if a later start is required by the successful applicant).

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.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country may apply

Participating Institutions
Department of Physics, University of Surrey, UK

Field of study
Postdoctoral level research on Modelling Switchable Liquid Crystalline Adhesives.

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.

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.

Number of awards
Not specified; but likely ONE position is required

Sponsorship duration
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.

Scholarship benefits
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.

Applications are open from 1st day of March 2011. 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 University of Surrey is a public research university located within the county town of Guildford, Surrey, in the South East of England, United Kingdom. The university specialises in science, engineering, medicine and business. It received its charter on 9 September 1966, and was previously situated near Battersea Park in south-west London. The institution was known as Battersea College of Technology before gaining university status. Its roots, however, go back to the Battersea Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1891 to provide further and higher education for London's poorer inhabitants

Application Deadline: 14 February 2011
Open to International Students: Yes

Further Scholarship Information and Application

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