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Simulations of Microswimmers in Liquid Crystals (M/F)

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Français - Anglais

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General information

Reference : UMR5798-JUHLIN-002
Workplace : TALENCE
Date of publication : Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Juho Lintuvuori
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

As a part of an ongoing research project funded by the ANR, we are offering a PhD position for the duration of 36 months concerning hydrodynamic simulations of microswimmers in complex fluids. The PhD will take place at the Laboratoire Ondes et Matière d'Aquitaine (LOMA) in the University of Bordeaux.

Understanding how to direct and control self-motile objects is a grand challenge in soft matter physics. Pioneering experiments and simulations have demonstrated that fluid topology, such as the orientational (nematic) order of liquid crystals, can be used to guide microswimmers.

In this PhD project, we will study the hydrodynamics of microswimmers in complex fluids, for example in liquid crystals, using lattice Boltzmann simulations. The hydrodynamic simulations will be connected with analytical calculations.

Work Context

The PhD will take place in the LOMA laboratory (https://www.loma.cnrs.fr/) located at the Talence campus of the University of Bordeaux.

We are looking for a very motivated student, with a masters degree in physics, engineering, mathematics, chemistry or a related field, with a strong interest in numerical simulations and willingness to learn. The candidate is expected to have strong written and oral communication skills in English and/or French.

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