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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity - Active Gels

The Olvera de la Cruz group at Northwestern University invites applications for a postdoctoral trainee position in theoretical soft matter physics, specifically in active gels.

Preferred background: PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or a related field

Preferred experience: The candidate should have strong analytical and numerical abilities in soft matter physics problems involving elasticity and/or hydrodynamics.

The candidate will develop numerical methods to analyze the responses of gels to input stimuli. Part of the project will be focused on gel with inclusions activated by external fields. Complimentary to this position, an experimental position in the Driscoll Lab is being offered. This position is partially funded by the University of Chicago MRSEC, and the candidate will have opportunities to opportunities to interact broadly with other University of Chicago MRSEC-affiliated faculty. In addition to the project described above, the candidate will be expected to work on additional projects in soft matter physics with focus areas in driven systems. The position has a duration of one year, with the possibility of renewal based on funding availability and performance. The position will begin preferably in early spring, though this is somewhat flexible.

Review of applications will begin on Saturday, February 20, and will continue until Saturday, March 20 or until the position is filled. To apply for the position, candidates should email Monica Olvera de la Cruz directly at and include a CV, a list of references, and a brief description of your previous research.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.