30th August 2018 : Postdocs – theory/modeling composite vesicles and block copolymer networks – UMass Amherst

Dear colleagues,

I’m writing to advertise a search for two post-doctoral research
positions in the area theoretical/computation polymeric and soft
materials at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  The research
projects associated with these funded positions are described below.
 Please forward this announcement to any interested, well-qualified
candidates.

To apply for one of these positions, an interested applicant should
forward a CV and three letters of reference to grason@mail.pse.umass.edu
.  Both positions will start as early
as Fall 2018 and are for one year, but with the intention for renewal
for an additional year pending suitable performance/progress.

Sincerely,
Greg Grason

*1. Shape and Mechanical Modeling of Fluid/Solid Composite Vesicles *
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I am seeking to hire an outstanding candidate for post doctoral research
in the area of modeling complex shapes and mechanics of composite
vesicles.  The project, in collaboration with experimental research with
Maria Santore (UMass), aims to understand the influence of coexistent
fluid and solid domains on phase separated vesicles, in particular, how
the presence of the in-plain shear stiffness of solid domains, of
various topologies and compositions., influence the emergent shape
equilibria and effective mechanical behavior of composite vesicles.  The
postdoctoral researcher would develop and implement mathematical and/or
computational models of composite vesicles in order to map out their
shape equilibria and, further, to develop models that aid in
interpretation of experimental study.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemical Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering ,  Applied Math or related fields, and specific
research experience in theory and/or computational model of soft
materials.  Previous research experience in the geometry and modeling of
membranes and thin elastic (fluid or solid) structures is preferred.

*2. Non-Canonical Triply Period Network Phases of Block Copolymers*
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I am seeking to hire an outstanding candidate for post doctoral research
in the area of theoretical modeling self-assembly of triply-periodic
network phases of block copolymers (BCP).  The project, in collaboration
with experimental research with Ned Thomas (Rice) and Bryan Coughlin
(UMass), aims to understand the molecular design principles required to
tailor the architecture of BCPs to target equilibrium assembly of triply
periodic network morphologies beyond the canonical phases (e.g. gyroid
and diamond network phases) most often formed by BCPs or other soft
matter systems.  The postdoctoral research would develop and implement a
combination of self-consistent field theory, strong-segregation theory
and geometric methods to model the thermodynamic selection of
equilibrium symmetry and topology of network phases and its dependence
on complex BCP architecture.  The researcher would contribute to and
benefit from collaborative efforts to synthesize and assembly new BCP
architectures and character their complex 3D self assembly.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemical Engineering,
 Materials Science and Engineering or related fields, and specific
research experience in theory and/or computational model of soft or
polymeric materials.  Previous research experience in theoretical
methods of polymer physics and/or complex geometry of self-organize soft
materials is preferred.

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Greg Grason
Department of Polymer Science and Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
grason@mail.pse.umass.edu
http://www.pse.umass.edu/ggrason
+1.413.577.1611