PhD Fellow in Soft Matter Physics and Active M at University of Copenhagen

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in fluid mechanics at University of Copenhagen. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 3 years in Denmark. The deadline to apply is August 01, 2020.

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Soft Matter Physics and Active Matter commencing 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment At the Active Intelligent Matter Group we combine multiscale modeling - discrete and continuum simulations – with in-house experiments to address various aspects of complexities in active materials. This spans a wide range of problems from revealing the impact of mechanical forces on biochemical signalling in cells, investigating the dynamics of bacterial competition, to design and control of bio-inspired materials that are capable of self-organization, self-healing, and self-pumping. We offer a highly creative and collaborative research atmosphere at the interface between physics, biology and fluid mechanics. The PhD fellowship is given in accordance with Danish legislation and will typically run for 3 years. The salary is set accordingly to Danish Union Contracts which are quite competitive on an international scale.

Soft matter physics lies at the heart of a quantitative understanding of many biological processes. From subcellular protein-driven flows to multicellular organ formation, biological matter continuously drives itself away from thermodynamic equilibrium using internal biochemical processes. In addition to their important biological roles, these intrinsically multiscale systems provide novel ideas for fundamental theories of non-equilibrium statistical physics and biomimetic inspiration for synthetic micro-machines capable of locomotion and self-organization. This project will use theoretical and computational modeling to study fundamental problems in active matter with potential applications in the life sciences. A number of projects include close collaborations with theorists and experimental biophysicists in US, UK, Japan, and Europe, and the successful candidate is expected to visit them.

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Physics or a relevant field with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. 43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Dr. Amin Doostmohammadi, Niels Bohr Institute,, +45 53364260. General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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