Subject areas: Experimental Soft Matter Physics, Active Matter, Physical Chemistry, Biophysics, Nanotechnology, Engineering

Applications are invited for a 36-month PhD Studentship (Early Stage Researcher) fully funded by the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action and available from September 2019. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Chemistry at UCL and be registered as a PhD student at UCL. The successful candidate will also go on secondments (lasting 1 to 3 months) to different teams of the ActiveMatter Consortium.

The specific goal for the ESR will be to study the emergence of spatial and temporal collective behaviours in the motion of a finite number of active microscopic particles (colloids) in an optically-induced potential landscape. The ESR will combine active colloids with engineered optical potentials to study how active particles move and develop collective synergistic or antagonistic behaviours in complex environments.

This combination of optical potentials, controllable interactions and active colloids will offer a very flexible and highly tunable model system to test general hypotheses of collective behaviour in active matter systems at many different length scales, from the self-assembly and the transport of single molecules within living cells to the macroscopic world of animal and robot foraging in patchy environments to the gathering and dispersal of individuals in human crowds.

This is an exciting opportunity for a student with a strong background in physical sciences to tackle one of the biggest problems in modern science.

The starting date for the contract is expected to be 23rd September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must demonstrate eligibility according to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions[1] eligibility requirements as an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR). At the date of recruitment[2], the candidate must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. A Master degree (MSc or MChem) in Physics, Chemistry or related area as well as knowledge of modern research techniques in Soft Matter is essential, while some expertise in active matter and/or optical manipulation is highly desirable. The applicant can be of any nationality, but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment[3].

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

[1] Guide for applicants Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) 2018, at the link

[2] The first day of employment of the Fellow for the purposes of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment /fellowship contract or equivalent direct contract).

[3] Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

Further Details

Interested candidates are strongly advised, prior to applying, to read carefully the Job Description & Person Specification below.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number: 1794252

Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr Giorgio Volpe – and Prof Philip Jones – . Any queries on the online application process can be directed to Judith James at , and as we wish to encourage online applications.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

Closing Date: 12 April 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59

Interview date: TBC

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

This role does not meet the eligibility requirements for a tier 2 certificate of sponsorship under UK Visas and Immigration legislation. Therefore UCL will not be able to sponsor individuals who require right to work in the UK to carry out this role.

Funding Notes

Please note that the ESR Fellowships only cover the fee levels for EU citizens, not those for students from outside the EU. Further information on fees can be found here View Website . Applicants should ensure they are eligible for UK/EU equivalent fee levels prior to applying for the position.

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