Georgetown University, Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology

Position ID:Georgetown University-Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology-INRF [#22818]
Position Title: ISMSM/NIST Research Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Washington, District of Columbia 20057, United States
Subject Areas: Biology
Mechanical Engineering
Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering
Soft Condensed Matter Physics (more...)
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/09/16, finished 2023/04/22, listed until 2022/10/20)
Position Description:    

*** The account for Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology, Georgetown University has expired and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology at Georgetown University (GU), in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), invite applications for an independent Research Fellow to work closely with scientists at Georgetown and NIST on soft matter, broadly defined.

1. Fellowship Details

  • This position is suitable for excellent scientists with a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, biophysics, applied mathematics, or related disciplines, and a strong record of accomplishments in experiment, synthesis, metrology, theory, or simulation.

  • In our soft matter community, scientific excellence goes together with the quality of the human experience. We seek a diverse pool of applicants sharing our excitement of scientific discoveries, enthusiasm to learn from each other and desire to grow by exchanging perspectives. 

  • The Fellowship is for two years, with an option for a third year depending on mutual interest. Each Fellow will have competitive salary and access to $5,000/year travel expenses, and up to $10,000/year research expenses; as well as access to a wide range of synthesis and characterization equipment at Georgetown and NIST. 

  • Fellows are expected to work in areas that overlap strongly with 2 or more groups at Georgetown, as well as with NIST scientists. 

  • Current research areas (experiment, theory, synthesis, metrology, simulations) include (but are not limited to): 

Theory of polymer glasses

Gels and networks

Rheology and structure of spherical and rodlike  suspensions

Additive manufacturing and 3D printing of soft matter

Phase separation in biology

Active matter

Rheology and structure of cement

Amorphous solids

Biopolymer networks

Self-assembly at interfaces

Lipid bilayer membrane theory and simulation

Motion of giardia and microorganisms

Shear banding in fluids and amorphous solids

Design of polymer nanoparticles

Polymer-based fibrils for medical applications

Self-assembly mediated by intrinsically-disordered proteins

Dynamics of entangled polymers

Synthesis of multifunctional polymer networks

Simulation of complex aromatic molecular assemblies

Novel metrologies for imaging and mechanics of soft matter.

2. Application Process
  • The first stage of the application consists of the following:
  1. CV
  2. Full publication list. 
  3. One page summary of the candidate’s research achievements.
  4. One page letter of intent outlining the research ideas that the candidate would like to pursue, and explaining how they would integrate with the research at ISMSM. 
  5. 3 reference letters
All documents should be uploaded as PDF files.
  • The second stage of the application is by invitation and requires:
  1. A research proposal, including research plan, anticipated budget, and clear statement of potential collaboration(s) with GU and NIST scientists. No longer than 5 pages (not including references), typeset at 11 point with 1 inch margins.
  2. One letter of support from GU scientist(s) with whom the candidate plans to collaborate.
  • For further questions and information to prepare your application please contact any ISMSM scientists, or 
Professor Emanuela Del Gado, Director, ISMSM, +1-202-687-1489

Mrs. Amy Gould (Administrator), +1 202-687-5592

3. Deadlines and dates 
  • Deadline for the letter of intent: 20 October 2022 
  • Invitation to submit the research proposal: 20 November 2022
  • Research proposal deadline: 6 January 2023
  • Earliest starting date: 1 March 2023

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse team of employees. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
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