Postdoctoral Scholar on "Particle dynamics at the liquid interface"

The position

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Position Summary

The Nonlinear and Non-equilibrium Physics Unit seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to pursue research on "Particle dynamics at the liquid interface". The physics of liquid interfaces as has an illustrious history with early contributions from luminaries such as Franklin, Young, Laplace, Rayleigh, Langmuir etc. The physics of interfaces, especially in the presence of particles and surfactants, is of interest to multiple disciplines including chemical, biochemical and petroleum engineering, biology and biotechnology, and soft matter physics.

The researcher in the advertised position will investigate through theoretical and computational techniques, the dynamics of solid particles on a liquid interface, ranging from single particles on micron scale lengths and millisecond times to statistical ensemble of particles over centimeters in length and minutes in time scales. The specific project seeks to go beyond the equilibrium statics of surface tension and focus on the myriad dynamics occurring far from equilibrium. Another postdoctoral scholar will conduct the experiments which will inform theory, and in turn, seek theoretical guidance to improve upon the experiments.

  1. Conduct original research on the dynamics of particles at liquid interfaces. Present the research at international conferences and publish the results in suitable scientific journals.
  2. Participate in the activities of the Nonlinear and Non-equilibrium Physics unit, such as training and mentorship of junior researchers.

A PhD in physics, applied mathematics, theoretical & applied mechanics or related fields is a requisite. The ideal candidate would have prior skills in mathematical modelling, interfacial dynamics, fluid mechanics and numerical methods. Prior experimental experience in this area would be desirable, but not necessary. The candidate will work closely with another postdoc who will conduct the experiments. This is a multi-year project undertaken in collaboration with Prof. Shreyas Mandre (University of Cambridge).

Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with current OIST Pay scales for Postdoctoral scholars


Submission Documents

Please prepare a single pdf file with:

  • A cover letter explaining suitability for the position
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae including a publication list
  • A statement of research accomplishments and future plans, if any.

How to Apply

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Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

Full-time 1 year contract. Contract renewable yearly basis up to a total of 3 years.

*Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive).

Working Hours

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Report To
Professor Mahesh M. Bandi / Nonlinear and Non-equilibrium Physics Unit
Job Location
Main Campus
Application Due Date
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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