DiStruc

Looking for 3 ESRs: one experimental position with Dirk Aarts/Roel Dullens; one computer simulation position with Jon Doye; and one theory/simulation position with Julia Yeomans.

  1. ESR position with Profs Dirk Aarts and Roel Dullens in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory: Microfluidic directed structure of liquid crystal phases in confinement

The aim of the project is to study the behaviour of colloidal liquid crystals in confinement, and under flow in microfluidic channels, where there’s a rich and complex interplay between liquid crystal elasticities, boundary conditions and interfacial phenomena. Single particle information will provide crucial new insights into the observed phenomena, of both fundamental and applied relevance. The work involves real-space confocal microscopy, laser tweezing, synthesis, microfluidics, and image analysis. The work will be in close collaboration with theoreticians and computer simulators in Oxford, and with the other ESRs and their supervisors in the wider network.

Applications for this position have now CLOSED.

  1. ESR position with Prof Jon Doye in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory: Directed structure through chirality - Simulations

The aim of the project is to study the behaviour of chiral rod-like particles, in particular exploring the effect of chirality on the structure and phase behaviour by means of computer simulations. Different microscopic interaction models will be simulated and advanced simulation techniques will be used, especially to understand the defect behaviour. The developed programs will allow the testing of mesoscopic models and will be directly compared to microscopic experimental data. 

Applications for this position have now CLOSED.
 

  1. ESR position with Prof Julia Yeomans in Theoretical Physics: Lattice-Boltzmann simulations on complex flow of liquid crystalline systems

The aim of the project is to study the complex flow behaviour of liquid crystals, both in bulk and in complex geometries, by means of computer models based on numerical solutions of the hydrodynamic equations. The simulation schemes will first be tested and applied on the equilibrium structures in confinement, and subsequently on experimental data that will be gathered by the network.

Applications for this position have now CLOSED.

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