Ecole Normale Supérieure, Department of Physics

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Position ID:Ecole Normale Supérieure-Department of Physics-ZAMPHIGHDCORR [#15619]
Position Title: Postdoc on non-perturbative effects at the glass transition at ENS, Paris
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Paris, Ile-de-France 75 005, France [map]
Subject Areas: Statistical and Biological Physics / Statistical Physics
Physics / Theoretical Physics
Appl Deadline:2020/01/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/11/29, finished 2020/03/12)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in theoretical statistical mechanics, to work with Francesco Zamponi ( and Giulio Biroli at ENS-Paris, in close collaboration with Grzegorz Szamel ( and Patrick Charbonneau (, under the aegis of the “Simons Collaboration on Cracking the Glass Problem” (

RESEARCH SUBJECT AND EXPECTED BACKGROUND: The overall project focuses on obtaining a first-principle statistical mechanics description of amorphous solids. The specific goal for this position is to obtain a microscopic understanding of activated hopping processes, which are elementary, non-perturbative corrections to the mean-field description of liquids and glasses (see e.g.

Candidates should have a PhD in physics or related field, with experience in the statistical mechanics of disordered systems.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION: - The position is funded by the Simons collaboration and the contract with be made from the University of Chicago - The postdoc will be based at ENS Paris but is expected to actively collaborate with the different PIs, hence visits to participating research groups are thus expected - The postdoc is also expected to participate in scientific events and discussions of the Simons collaboration. - The start date would preferably be between March 2020 and September 2020 and the appointment is for 2 years

RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT The working place will be the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS), located at 24 Rue Lhomond in the historic center of Paris. ENS is an ideal working place for statistical mechanics, hosting a large, active and diverse statistical physics group, and being also surrounded by other institutions such as ESPCI, Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Institut Curie, the Sorbonne University (Jussieu campus), which are all located within walking distance and host many statistical mechanics groups.

The post-docs will have the opportunity to work within the Simons Collaboration on "Cracking the glass problem" [] which involves 13 senior scientists and their groups. The collaboration organises at least two scientific events (workshops, conferences, summer schools) per year where tutorials are offered for students and post-docs. There is the possibility of spending periods of time in other institutions associated to the collaboration.

Applications from young candidates, women, and underrepresented minorities are especially welcome.

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Further Info:
Sarah Reemers
LabEx Manager
Département de Physique, Ecole normale supérieure
24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

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