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  • 17 Jan 2017 1:48 PM | Tim Davey (Administrator)

    The Australasian Soft Matter Scattering Workshop is being organised at ANSTO for February 6-9th.  The workshop aims to introduce researchers to a range of scattering techniques, with emphasis on their application to diverse areas of research in soft matter. This year's meeting will take place at ANSTO. The workshop is suitable for experienced researchers, ECRs and post-docs and PhD/Honours students.

    There will be opportunities for students to present posters of their research, even if they are not related to scattering - this will allow people to get feedback from experts on how the techniques discussed in the workshop may benefit their research.

    The meetings website is:
    https://events.synchrotron.org.au/event/28/overview

     

  • 09 Jan 2017 8:58 AM | Tim Davey (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    I would be grateful if you could make suitable students aware of the following three funded PhD opportunities linked to the Smart Materials & Surfaces Laboratory here at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK (http://www.northumbria.ac.uk) and as part of our University’s RDF Studentships scheme. The projects include a theory/simulation project, a combined experimental/theory project and an experimental project:

    1. High density ratio Lattice Boltzmann simulations of binary and ternary systems (RDF17/MPEE/SEMPREBON) – Primary Supervisor: Dr. Ciro Semprebon

    https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectDetails.aspx?PJID=81735&LID=2712

    1. The dynamics of hygrotactic fronts – from fundamentals of soft-matter systems to smart materials engineering applications (RDF17/MPEE/LEDESMA-AGUILAR) – Primary Supervisor: Dr. Rodrigo Ledesma-Aguilar

    https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectDetails.aspx?PJID=81662&LID=2712

    1. Dewetting on Textured and Slippery Surfaces (RDF17/MPEE/MCHALE) – Primary Supervisor: Professor Glen McHale

    https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectDetails.aspx?PJID=81657&LID=2712

    These projects are fully-funded for Home/EU students with tuition fees and a stipend for living costs. For international students, 50% international fees and a stipend for living costs is provided. Depending on circumstances it may be possible to provide 100% international fees for suitable international students. The above projects are suitable for students with good Bachelors or Masters degrees in any one of a range of areas including Mathematics, Physics, Materials or Engineering.

    The closing date for applications is 20 January 2017 with a start date of 2 October 2017. For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

    https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/

    Over recent years the University has made a substantial investment in excellent research and according to the Times Higher Education was the largest riser in ranking (by 30 places) by research power of any UK University in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). The Faculty has just completed a £6.7M infrastructure investment in facilities including a new/extended Smart Materials and Surfaces Laboratory, a Materials Imaging/Characterisation Suite including SEM/SIMS/AFM, Rapid Prototyping and CNC facilities, Structures and Geotechnics Laboratories, and Engine Test Cell and Vehicle Aerodynamics/Wind Tunnel equipment. The Faculty has also recently purchased High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities and will complete a new Computer and Information Sciences building in 2017.

    Examples of recent research outputs from colleagues working in the Smart Materials & Surfaces Research area include:

    1. Apparent contact angle and contact angle hysteresis on liquid infused surfaces, Semprebon, C., et al., Soft Matter 13, 101–110 (2017).
    2. Not spreading in reverse: The dewetting of a liquid film into a single drop, Edwards, A. M. J., et al., Sci. Adv. 2, e1600183–e1600183 (2016).
    3. Low friction droplet transportation on a substrate with a selective Leidenfrost effect, Dodd, L. E., et al., ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 8, 22658–22663 (2016).
    4. A sublimation heat engine, Wells et al., Nature Communications   6 , art. 6390 (2015).
    5. Superconfinement tailors fluid flow at microscales,  Setu, S. A. et al., Nature Communications 6, 7297 (2015).
    6. Voltage-induced spreading and superspreading of liquids, McHale et al., Nature Communications 4, art. 1605, (2013).

    Best regards,

    Glen

    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    Glen McHale BSc (H), PhD, FInstP, FHEA, SMIEEE

    Professor of Applied & Materials Physics and

    Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering & Environment

    T:    +44 (0)191 227 3660

    PA:  +44 (0)191 227 4397

    E:    glen.mchale@northumbria.ac.uk

    Room 105, Ellison D Block, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, United Kingdom

    University:                             http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/

    Faculty:                                 http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/ee/

    Personal Profile:                  http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/researchandconsultancy/refprofiles/glenmchale/

    Personal Research:             http://www.naturesraincoats.com/

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  • 19 Dec 2016 9:31 AM | Tim Davey (Administrator)

    For more information refer to:

    http://yourcareer.rmit.edu.au/caw/en/job/556325/lecturer-early-career-development-fellow-ecdf-physics

    Female applicants are particularly welcome.

    To be eligible to apply, candidates must have performed casual teaching work at an Australian University within the past three years and must not have been employed on a continuing basis at an Australian University. 

  • 30 Nov 2016 10:10 AM | Tim Davey (Administrator)

    RMIT are currently recruiting for an Associate Dean to lead the Applied Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Discipline Group in the School of Science at RMIT.

    The position is at Academic Level  E or D, for an initial three year term (Associate Dean) together with a substantive ongoing academic position at the level of appointment. 

    For more information see:

    http://yourcareer.rmit.edu.au/mob/caw/en/job/556012/associate-dean-applied-chemistry-environmental-sciences

  • 15 Nov 2016 10:03 AM | Tim Davey (Administrator)

    The Australian Nanotechnology Network will be holding the next Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Workshop for Early Career Researchers and PhD students at the Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, on July12-13th, 2017 (Wednesday and Thursday).

    The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for early career researchers (ECRs) and postgraduate students working on nanotechnology research to interact with industry leaders and learn about how to commercialise Nanotechnology. Industry leaders will share experiences in commercialising technologies. 

    Abstract Submission Deadline 30th April 2017

    The workshop flyer and more information can be found on the ANN website:

    http://www.ausnano.net

     

  • 08 Nov 2016 10:43 AM | Tim Davey (Administrator)

    Bill Williams and Catherine Whitby at Massey University in New Zealand have a MacDiarmid Institute (http://macdiarmid.ac.nz/) sponsored PhD position available. The project focuses on using the tools of soft matter science to understanding cell biomechanics. It would suit a student interested in using a combination of experimental techniques, including surface characterisation tools, microscopy and mechanical testing, to characterise the structure and function of the biopolymers found in cells. 

    Biopolymers in cells assemble into network structures: the cytoskeleton that fills the interior and the cell walls that surround them. Controlling the mechanical properties of the cytoskeleton and the cell walls is crucial for the ability of cells to change shape and to divide. Their biopolymer networks extend throughout the cell, forming a gel. The viscoelasticity of these gels controls how cells work. Despite the progress made in soft matter science in the characterisation of the physical and chemical properties of gels, we understand little of how to apply this to cell biomechanics. Predicting the mechanical response of the cytoskeleton and of cell walls is the ultimate test of our understanding of how complex biopolymer networks deform under stress.

    This project aims to develop an artificial cell system comprising of aqueous biopolymer gel drops in oil that reproduce the responses of real cells. We will mimic different types of cells by manipulating the elasticity of biopolymers both inside the drops and those at the drop surfaces (mimicking the properties of cell membranes and walls). We have the advantage of access to experimental techniques that can range from probing the properties of biopolymers on the microscopic scale up to droplet deformation on the macroscopic scale. This project offers you the opportunity to do ground-breaking research in soft matter and biophysics and to become an expert in microscopy and rheology techniques.

    To apply, please contact Catherine (C.P.Whitby@massey.ac.nz), with your curriculum vitae by 30th of November. Please also email her if you have questions about the position. 

  • 17 Oct 2016 3:56 PM | Tim Davey (Administrator)

    The American Chemical Society (ACS) is soliciting nominations for two awards in the fields of colloid and surface chemistry.

    The ACS has recently changed eligibility rules for the awards to permit nominations of researchers from outside the US. The deadline for nominations is Nov 1.

    Further information is available in the flyer:

    ACS Awards in Colloid and Surface Chemistry.pdf

  • 26 Aug 2016 1:55 PM | Tim Davey (Administrator)

    Dulux have two R&D chemist roles currently available at their research labs in Clayton. Melbourne. These roles are in the polymer and paint formulation area.

    More information:

    http://jobs.duluxgroup.com.au/dg/en/job/829690/dulux-research-and-development-chemists-clayton-vic

  • 26 Aug 2016 1:12 PM | Tim Davey (Administrator)

    We have a posting on Trialect  soliciting applications for The Gates Cambridge Scholarship for Life Sciences Research. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university. Gates Cambridge considers applications from citizens from outside the United Kingdom. Applications will open on 5 September 2016 for entry in October 2017. There are separate programs for Non- US Scholars and US scholars. We are reaching out to see if you would be willing to refer your fellows/graduate students/junior faculty to this program.  The details can be perused at:


    Regards,

    Trialect Support
    +1.805.850.6002
    Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

     

  • 03 Jun 2016 9:20 AM | Tim Davey (Administrator)

    Applications are invited for a 3 year CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship. The project aims to develop highly sensitive nanoparticles that are functionalized with custom ligands or chemosensor molecules that are capable of low-level detection of critical nutrients that exist within soils. Soils are complex and dynamically changing with time, as are the chemical states of molecules and nutrients contained within them. This makes the sensitive and selective detection of these species extremely challenging.

    The research in this fellowship aims to solve the science challenge of understanding the mechanism of interaction between dynamically changing nutrient molecules (nitrates and phosphates) and the functionalised nanoparticles, which will lead to the development of a nanoparticle based sensor or sensor array.

    For more information:

    https://career10.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareerpvt?jobId=18404&company=CSIRO&username=&st=E039F31F7AB10EDDFCB10BDD657C0788DC5037FF

     

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