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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Smalyukh Research Group, Department of Physics, MSE and RASEI, University of Colorado Boulder: This is an opening with a research focus on self-assembly of mesostructured composite materials with emergent new properties and physical behavior.

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Who We Are

Our scientific interests encompass different branches of soft condensed matter and optical physics, including novel laser trapping and imaging techniques, molecular and colloidal self-assembly, fundamental properties of liquid crystals, polymers, nano-structured and other functional materials, as well as their photonic and electro-optic applications. The emerging scientific frontiers in these fields show an exceptional promise of significant new discovery and of new applications that become possible only now, after the recent breakthroughs in condensed matter physics, optics, nanoscience, and biology.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The planned research projects will be spanning soft condensed matter and biological systems, including studies of colloids, liquid crystals, topological defects and solitons, bacterial biofilms, active matter and out-of-equilibrium behavior of soft matter systems. Prior research experiences in one or more of the following research directions will be considered valuable: (1) Liquid crystals; (2) Colloids; (3) Nanoparticle synthesis and surface functionalization; (4) active matter systems; (5) molecular and colloidal self-assembly; (6) quantum dots, photon-upconverting and plasmonic nanoparticles and nanocomposites; (7) aerogels and related materials. Multiple collaborations with other postdocs and PhD students in the group are expected. 

What You Should Know

The position is initially for one year starting from September 1, 2020 but can be potentially extended for about three additional years. In addition, our Research laboratory can host Feodor Lynen Research Fellows in this research area and encourages applications by scientists interested in a collaborative research while staying in our laboratory. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

A PhD in Physics, Materials Science Engineering, or related fields as well as have significant prior research accomplishments, such as first-author publications. 

What You Will Need

Be self-motivated and responsible. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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