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Doctoral Scholarship "Self-assembly of discotic liquid crystals at nanocolloids"
Published(942 days ago)
Deadline for applications(914 days ago)
Technische Universität BerlinBerlin, Raleigh/NC (USA)
International Research Training Group 1524
Berlin (Germany) - Raleigh, NC (USA)
Self-Assembled Soft Matter Nanostructures at Interfaces
The IRTG 1524, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and associated with the Technische Universität Berlin,
offers a doctoral scholarship in THEORETICAL soft-matter and interface research:
Project B 10 - M. Schoen: „Self-assembly of discotic liquid crystals at nanocolloids“ Project description: Using Monte Carlo and nonequilibrium molecular dynamics computer simulations, the phase behavior,
structure, and dynamics of a discotic liquid crystal in the vicinity of a spherical nanocolloidal particle will be investigated. The
liquid-crystalline carrier fluid will be in an ordered (e.g., columnar) mesophase such that different surface anchoring of liquid
crystal molecules will give rise to specific defect topologies. Their response to thermodynamic fields (i.e., temperature T or
pressure P) as well as to flow will be investigated.
Requirements: Master degree in theoretical physics/chemistry or a related field of science. Good knowledge in the
statistical mechanics of soft matter systems and in numerical simulations. Programming skills in C (C++), FORTRAN9x, and
CUDA are desirable. Excellent command of the English language and a strong interest in fundamental research are
Framework: The IRTG 1524 is run by a joint consortium: Technische Unversität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Max
Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and four US universities: North Carolina State University, University of North
Carolina, Duke University, and University of Pennsylvania. For more information visit our website:
Terms of Grant: Scholarships are awarded for a maximum period of up to 3 years, starting individually. Doctoral fellows will
receive a stipend of € 1,468 per month, incl. material cost allowance. Additional childcare allowance will be granted if
Application: Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, CV, and transcript of records (English or German).
The IRTG 1524 aims at increasing the proportion of female researchers and is proactive in inviting women to apply for
scholarships. In cases of equal qualification, females will be given preference. This policy applies also to disabled persons.
Deadline: The application deadline is February 17th, 2017.
Apply to: Dr. D. Fliegner, Technische Universität Berlin, Sekr. TC 7, Institut für Chemie (IRTG 1524), Strasse des 17. Juni
124, D-10623 Berlin, Germany. Applications by e-mail are preferred: email@example.com. Please send all
attachments as one combined pdf file. Other formats will not be accepted.