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Soft Matter Research Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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. 

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 March 1, 2019 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. For more information, please visit Become the host of a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow and Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship.

What We Can Offer

Competitive Salary depending upon prior experience and publication.


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

The candidates are required to have PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related fields. The candidates must be self-motivated and responsible, as well as have significant prior research accomplishments, such as first-author publications. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact information for 3 or more references
  4. References of the applicants who advance further in the process will be asked to provide letters of recommendation at that time.
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.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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