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Reference : UMR8502-FRASMA-002
Workplace : ORSAY
Date of publication : Thursday, October 7, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 24 months
Expected date of employment : 1 January 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2536,49 € gross
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
In this project, we will examine the self-assembly of mixtures of granular spherical beads placed on a vibrating plate. The candidate will model these particles numerically and use computer simulations to explore their phase behavior and dynamics. He/she will also compare these results to experiments on mixtures of metallic beads. We will contrast the self-assembly of these granular systems to thermal systems, and explore the impact of the non-equilibrium granular dynamics on the self-assembly process.
The candidate will perform both computational/theoretical and experimental work on multicomponent granular systems undergoing driven vibration. For what concerns the modelling part, he/she will devise a proper interaction model among granular particles and implement extensive molecular dynamics simulations. For the experiments, he/she will have to interact with an experimental team in the lab on the practical implementation of the systems that he/she will model. The candidate is expected to profit of his/her competence in statistical mechanics to rationalize the results.
* PhD in Physics with an emphasis on equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and numerical simulations
* Experience in the theoretical and computational modelling of granular systems
* Knowledge of the experimental techniques in vibro-fluidized granular systems
* English speaking, reading and writing is mandatory
* Good communication skills and ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
The candidate will join the soft matter theory group at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (LPS), and work in close collaboration with the experimental soft matter and interfaces group (MMOI) at LPS, and the theoretical group of Emmanuel Trizac at the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS). Together, these groups have extensive expertise in studying the self-assembly of many-body systems using simulations, experiments, and theory. This project is funded by LabEx PALM.
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