Living matter provides great inspiration to create systems that display life-like behaviour such as differentiation, adaptation and signal transfer. In Nature, these phenomena spontaneously emerge, directed by chemical systems that coordinate out-of-equilibrium molecular assembly processes. Introducing these capabilities in active matter will reveal the underlying rules involved in emergent phenomena, and at the same time open entirely new possibilities in classes of matter that are able to 'adapt themselves when the problem changes'. You will work on self-organisation of active matter emerging from well-coordinated combinations of molecular self-assembly, chemical reactions and physicochemical phenomena such as diffusion, phase-separation and surface tension. Using these to establish new feedback and control mechanisms, we aim to arrive at collective behaviour in active matter emerging at the mesoscale, driven by out-of-equilibrium systems that self-sustain the organisation. A recent example of our philosophy – demonstrated by amphiphiles that organise themselves through self-assembly into wire-like networks that autonomously coordinate mesoscale positioning processes – can be found here.
This research combines experiments and simulations, and varies from molecular self-assembly to reaction networks, hydrogels, microfluidics, dedicated microscopy techniques and building dynamic models in programs such as Python or Matlab.
You will communicate your findings through publications in peer-reviewed journals and at national and international conferences. You will also be involved in training and teaching BSc and MSc students.
Fixed-term contract: PhD Candidate: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years. Postdoc position: you will be appointed for 2,5 years.
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!
For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Peter Korevaar, Assistant Professor
Houtlaan 4, 6525 XZ, Nijmegen
This application process is managed by the employer (Radboud University). Please contact the employer for questions regarding your application.
Make sure to apply no later than 9 Aug 2020 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).
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