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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

A postdoctoral position is available within the Soft Matter Group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), Faculty of Mathematics. This position will be supervised by Prof Mike Cates. The appointee will develop analysis tools for the statistical field theory of active matter systems, focusing on the quantification of irreversibility by identifying mathematically the magnitude of circulating phase space currents. The post requires expertise in stochastic continuum field theory as applied to active matter. It also requires experience in developing the tools of differential geometry applied to functional spaces. The successful candidate will have completed, or be about to complete, a PhD in statistical physics or a related area.

Duties may include developing and conducting research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and may be called upon to prepare proposals and applications to external bodies for funding. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

Informal enquiries about the positions may be made to Prof Mike Cates.

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Applications should include a CV, list of publications, a one-page research summary, and the names of two academic referees. Applicants should ensure that their referees upload a reference to the University's Web Recruitment System before the closing date of 1 December 2021.

The successful candidates would be expected to start on or around 1 March 2022.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

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Closing date

Dec 1st 2021

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