postdoc shape changing materials (Cambridge) – date limite 24 juin

The Theory of Condensed Matter of the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate to work with Prof. Mark Warner and Dr. John Biggins (Engineering) on shape changing materials applied to micro actuation and robotics, haptics, microfluidics and related systems.

The materials are typically complex, soft, responsive solids. A new mechanics paradigm patterns the response of liquid crystalline solids to change the effective metric, and hence intrinsic curvature, and also to change the extrinsic bend. Complete shape control is aimed for by the additional determination of extrinsic response.

The candidate should have familiarity with theoretical mechanics and (ideally) differential geometry, and with novel material for mechanics, for example liquid crystalline solids, hydrogels, and photo-thermally responsive solids. Some scientific computing experience is highly desirable.

For very general reviews of this area see:
Physics Today:
Ann. Revs:
and more detailed,
Soft Matter:
Please consult the advertisements for more details and contacts:

The closing date for applications is 24th June, 2019.


Prof. Mark Warner, FRS
Theory of Condensed Matter Group, Cavendish Laboratory.
Cambridge, CB3 OHE.
Tel: (+44 1223) 337380

Corpus Christi College int. 66189  or ext. (+44 1223) 766189
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