Winter school « New Challenges in Turbulence Research VI », Les Houches, February 2021

Dear colleagues

We want to bring to your attention the international winter school « New Challenges in Turbulence Research VI » that will be held at the Ecole de Physiques des Houches from Feb 7th to 12th, 2021:

Since its first edition, the school « New Challenges in Turbulence Research » aims to present in the format of pedagogical and high level lectures some of the recent advances and current questions in turbulence research in various fields. This session will focus on the transition to turbulence, the statistical physics and dynamics of large scales, atmospheric turbulence and Lagrangian turbulence. The school aims at PhD students and young and confirmed scientists seeking to deepen their knowledge in turbulence.

The program and the list of speakers can be found on the school website:

Registrations are open:

Yours sincerely

Gautier Verhille, Pierre-Philippe Cortet, Mathieu Gibert, Mickael Bourgoin


Assistant Professor (tenure track) / Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering Aarhus university


Post-doc atmosphere/gravity waves (LOPS)

Post-doc position in fluid mechanics/physics of the atmosphere/gravity waves 
in LOPS, Plouzané, France

France Energies Marines and LOPS are looking for a young researcher to contribute 
to the improvement of the representation of the Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer 
and turbulent fluxes in atmospheric models by developing and testing a 
parameterization of the impact of sea sprays ( 
The requested qualifications include a PhD in atmospheric science, wave or 
mechanical physics, or equivalent, and a good understanding of the physics of the 
atmospheric boundary layer and fine-scale processes. 


Post-doctoral position at ESPCI Paris “Confined bacteria in a drop: a model of active thermal bath”



Poste ingénieur-chercheur CEA-Saclay, domaine turbulence

Ci-joint une offre de poste à pourvoir dans le
laboratoire SPHYNX du Service de Physique de l'Etat Condensé (SPEC, UMR
CEA-CNRS du CEA-Saclay)  pour un(e) ingénieur(e) chercheur(se)
expérimentateur(trice) très motivé(e) pour renforcer et développer les
thématiques du laboratoire concernant la turbulence et ses aspects liés à
la transition énergétique.

Le profil recherché et la procédure de candidature sont détaillés dans la
fiche de poste accessible ici.

Le dossier devra être déposé avant le 15 septembre 2020 sur le site :

et une copie devra être envoyée à:
Bérengère Dubrulle
CEA Saclay
91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex
Tel : 01 69 08 72 47
Mail :<>
Web :

Merci de bien vouloir la diffuser aux personnes susceptibles d'être
Bien cordialement

Daniel Bonamy
Service de Physique de l'Etat Condensé -- SPEC
CEA Saclay, centre de l'Orme des Merisiers
91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex
Tel: +33 1 69 08 21 14
Fax: +33 1 69 08 84 46


Postdoc « Microstructure analysis and micromechanics » (Hannover)



Powders and Grains 2021, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 5-9 July 2021  

Paper Submission is open !
P&G is to share the state of the art in the physics and micromechanics of 
granular media. P&G distinguishes itself from other meetings on granular 
materials by: (a) the mixture of disciplines, (b) single session talks, and (c) 
refereed conference papers published online before the meeting. Past meetings: 
Clermont-Ferrand (1989), Birmingham (1993), Durham (1997), Sendai (2001), 
Stuttgart (2005), Golden (2009), Sydney (2013) and Montpellier (2017).


Postdoc Mechanics of Slender Structures, Flexible Structures Laboratory, EPFL Switzerland

We have a postdoc opening to be hosted in our fleXLab @ EPFL in the area of the mechanics of slender structures, with a combined focus on experiments and theory. The research will be done in collaboration with, and co-advised by both Pedro Reis (EPFL) and Basile Audoly (CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique, France). The project aims to use dimensional reduction procedures to develop predictive reduced-order descriptions of slender structures (rods, plates, or shells), with complex internal structure.

Further details about this position, including a link to the online application system, can be found at

Your profile: Candidates should have recently obtained or are about to receive a Ph.D. in Physics, or Mechanical/Civil/Aerospace Engineering, or related disciplines. The research is expected to involve a combination of laboratory work and theoretical modeling. Candidates are expected to have an affinity for collaborative work at the experiments-theory interface.

We offer: The successful postdoc will join a vibrant, collaborative, international, and diverse research team with interdisciplinary expertise in experimental, computational, and theoretical mechanics. The focus of research activity at the fleXLab is centered around curiosity-driven research in the general area of physics and mechanics of soft/compliant mechanical structures. The fleXLab is hosted at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and offers unique state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. The research of Basile Audoly focuses on theoretical mechanics, with a particular interest in nonlinear problems involving the coupling of elasticity and geometry. With Yves Pomeau, he has authored the book « Elasticity and Geometry » (Oxford University Press, 2010). 

More information about both of our research groups, including other active research themes, can be found in the following links: and

The following video of a combined talk (EML Webinar on July 15th) provides a series of examples of the collaborative work that we have done on related topics over the past few years:

Opportunities for involvement in the teaching of mechanics-related classes will be provided both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

Applications received by September 30th, 2020, will receive equal consideration and should include: (i) Cover letter, (ii) CV, (iii) Three contacts for references, and (iv) Copy of most significant publication to date. The expected start date is February 1st, 2021.

Warm regards,

Pedro Reis (EPFL) and Basile Audoly (Ecole Polytechnique)


Post-doc simulation of polymer materials and soft matter, (Goettingen)

The projects aim at studying the kinetics of self-assembly of copolymer materials 
and at investigating the rheology of dense polymer melts and composites via computer 
simulations of highly coarse-grained models. Candidates are expected to hold a PhD 
degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering, have experience with molecular
simulations of coarse-grained polymer models or self-consistent field theory, and have 
very good communication skills in English. Experience in high-performance computing 
(using e.g., HOOMD) is desirable.

Deadline for application will be September 15, 2020. Later applications may be considered as long as the position remains unfilled.


2 postdoc Self Limited Assembly (UMass Amherst / Brandeis Univ.)

Openings: Two Theory/Computation Postdoctoral Researchers in Self-Limited Assembly (SLA), UMass Amherst and Brandeis University(1) Computational Soft Matter (Computational modeling of SLA pathways)(2) Theoretical Soft Matter (Theoretical mechanisms and theory-directed design of SLA)
We seek two postdocs to join a multidisciplinary effort connected to the NSF funded Brandeis Bioinspired Soft Materials research center (Ben Rogers, Seth Fraden, Mike Hagan, and Greg Grason), with a primary goal to elucidate the mechanisms of their assembly into self-limiting architectures using theory, computer simulation and experimental study of geometrically programmed “building blocks”.  For additional information on the scientific scope of the “Self-Limiting Assemblies” (SLA) project, see below.  
We are specifically seeking two postdoctoral positions in theory and computation, one at UMass Amherst hosted in the Grason group, and one at Brandeis University in the Hagan group.  Each position will work closely with both Grason and Hagan, as well as experimental groups (Rogers and Fraden), to develop and test controlled SLA systems.

1) Computational modeling of SLA pathways. Location: Brandeis University Qualifications: Experience in computational physics, including molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, enhanced sampling, data-driven approaches, and/or implementation of large-scale parallelized/GPU-enabled simulations. Tasks: Simulate assembly of finite-sized architectures using molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo approaches. Primary supervisor: Mike Hagan (Brandeis).
2) Theoretical mechanisms and theory-directed design of SLA. 
Location: UMass Amherst Qualifications: Experience in soft-matter theory, discrete geometry, and computational physics. Applicants are sought with interests in fields such as soft matter, thermodynamics, and materials science. Tasks: Develop geometrical principles to design new SLA ‘’building blocks ». Develop theoretical models of emergent behavior of geometrically frustrated assembly. Primary supervisor: Greg Grason (UMass: Amherst).Both positions offer ample opportunities for your professional development including participating in exciting cutting-edge science, gaining mentoring experience, and initiating your own research directions.  Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. UMass Amherst and Brandeis University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employers.
Start Date: As soon as September 2020. 
Submit applications to both and specify which position(s) you are applying for. Please include a CV, a list of references, and a brief description of your previous research.

MRSEC collaboration on “Self Limiting Assemblies”:
The SLA collaborative team (Rogers, Fraden, Hagan and Fraden) will develop a versatile class of DNA-origami building blocks to elucidate the fundamental physical principles for engineering components that self-assemble into large, but finite-size, superstructures. The self-assembly of size-controlled architectures is prevalent in living systems. The adaptive functions of biological materials, including viral shells, cytoskeletal filaments, and photonic nanostructures of bird feathers arise from the regulated finite size of self-assembled architectures. In contrast, most inorganic materials form unlimited structures like crystals. In this project, we will advance two complementary paradigms for bottom-up assembly of size-controlled architectures.  One uses curvature programmed building blocks that assemble into self-closing structures (e.g. tubules and capsules). The other advances a new paradigm of geometrically-frustrated assembly, in which ill-fitting blocks accumulate stresses that grow with assembly and limit their thermodynamic size.
This collaborative research addresses many fundamental questions in self-assembly: How do shapes, interactions, and flexibilities of building blocks control the assembly size? How can self-limiting assembly be adapted to distinct morphologies, like ropes, fibers, sheets or shells? Are there fundamental or practical limits to the sizes of controllably assembled structures? By answering these questions and more, we aim to develop engineering principles to create size-controlled architectures with high yield, with the structural control currently only possible via “top down” fabrication techniques (e.g. 3D printing and lithographic fabrication).