Postdoc on Simulation and modelling of shear-thickening suspensions in Grenoble

We have an opening for a 18-month postdoctoral researcher, starting from February 2019, to work on the simulation and modelling of shear-thickening suspensions in Université Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, France. The work will be centered on understanding the emergence of instabilities and on modeling the transient interplay between dilation and pore pressure feedback as shear thickening occurs.

The position is funded by the ANR grant « ScienceFriction » led by B. Metzger (IUSTI, Marseille), which combines experimental, numerical  and theoretical approaches to the rheology of shear thickening, with a focus on transient phenomena and flow instabilities in close collaboration with H. Lhuissier, and Y. Forterre at IUSTI in Marseille, and M. Wyart at EPFL in Lausanne.

The succesful candidate will work with Romain Mari within the broader Statistical Physics and Modelling group in Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique (« LIPhy »), affiliated to CNRS and Université Grenoble-Alpes. Research at LIPhy covers bio-, soft matter, and statistical physics, among others. It is based in Grenoble, one of the biggest academic cities in France, in the French Alps. 

Candidates should have a recent PhD (obtained after January 2017) and have a strong background in physics, ideally in numerical simulation and/or theory of soft materials.

Application consists of a CV, a cover letter, and 2 recommendation letters, and should exclusively be made via before November 5, 2018.


Post-doc on brain modelling (Oxford)

Dear Colleagues,

This is a quick advert to let you know about a post-doctoral research assistant (PDRA) with me. It is a 2-year research position with possible extension depending on funding and performance (see below for details). More positions will be available in future years.

The PDRA will develop innovative models for brain modelling. Since my interests regarding brain modelling are broad (development, trauma, neurodegenerative diseases) and depend on multiple computational and analytical techniques (asymptotics, PDEs, FEM, solid and fluid, network theory, ….), the actual research to be performed will depend on the expertise of the successful candidate and on the most exciting current research problems. I am looking for somebody extremely motivated who will be fully involved in the research programme and the group.

Interviews will be in December or January and the position can start shortly after a decision has been reached.

Please feel free to disseminate .To apply or for more information:

Best wishes, Alain


Alain Goriely, OCIAM Director
Professor of Mathematical Modelling
Mathematical Institute,
University of Oxford


Avalanche Dynamics and Precursors of Catastrophic Event (Les Houches, Feb. 2019)

Workshop Announcement: Avalanche Dynamics and Precursors of Catastrophic Event (Les Houches, Feb. 2019)

Dear colleagues

we are writing you to announce the workshop

Avalanche Dynamics and Precursors of Catastrophic Events

Les Houches (France), 4-8 February 2019

The workshop aims at gathering scientists working in varied research topics
involving intermittent behaviours associated to strongly correlated dynamics.

Examples range from the atomic to the tectonic scale, including avalanches in
magnetic materials, superconductors, deformation of glasses, cascades of
rearrangements in soft matter systems, critical dynamics of imbibition fronts
and crack growth; mechanical response of granular and porous media, wood,
and geological flows, such as snow avalanches and earthquakes.

Understanding the complex, nonlinear spatio-temporal response of these systems,
is crucial for physical predictions and for the development of reliable models. Recent
theoretical and experimental progress makes this a timely forum for an interdisciplinary
effort to advance this important emerging research area.

Topics of the workshop include:
Conditions for universality (and non-universal features) in avalanche dynamics
Precursors of catastrophic events
Avalanches in transient dynamics
Depinning and yielding transitions
Instability in solid earth systems
Coarse grained models for avalanche dynamics

Detailed information for participating and submitting an abstract can be found
on the workshop’s website
together with the list of invited speakers.

Inscriptions to the worshop are welcome, those with abstract being favoured.
The deadline for abstract submission is: November 1, 2018

The organizers
Kirsten Martens
Jérôme Weiss
Vivien Lecomte
Lasse Laurson
Stéphane Santucci


Physics of Active Matter (satellite StatPhys 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop « Physics of Active Matter », a Satellite of the Statphys conference 2019.

The workshop that will take place in Viña del Mar, Chile, July 15-17, 2019, will focus on general topics in active matter physics, with an emphasis on the statistical mechanics of active systems and on applications to biology and synthetic active materials. It will consider questions such as collective and emergent behavior, topological properties, thermodynamics, and mesoscale descriptions.

Sincerely yours,
Rodrigo Soto


nouveau journal : Mechanics of Soft Materials

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new journal devoted to the Mechanics of Soft Materials which should meet the broadband interest of our physics/mechanics community.

Flyer annonce de Mechanics Of Soft Materials

Please visit the website of the journal

and consider MOSM for your forthcoming submissions !
Tristan Baumberger

Tristan Baumberger
Institut des Nanosciences de Paris
4, place Jussieu,
75005 Paris
couloir 22-23, pièce 307
tel : (33) 1 44 27 78 62



poste MCF au LPTMC : Physique aux interfaces / Systèmes désordonnés et phénomènes hors équilibre

Le Laboratoire de Physique Théorique de la Matière Condensée (LPTMC) de Sorbonne Université (campus Pierre et Marie Curie) devrait bénéficier de l’ouverture d’un poste de Maître de Conférences au printemps 2019 sur les sections 28 et 29. Ce poste est thématiquement fléché vers la mécanique statistique hors d’équilibre avec un profil très ouvert quant aux systèmes étudiés et aux concepts et aux méthodes employés.

Le LPTMC est structuré en trois pôles et le recrutement à venir concerne principalement les pôles 1 et 2: « Physique aux interfaces » et « Systèmes désordonnés et phénomènes hors équilibre ». Les problèmes étudiés au laboratoire et associés à ce profil concernent essentiellement: la dynamique vitreuse, les processus de recherche de cible, la physique du chromosome et les processus cellulaires, les systèmes avec interaction à longue portée, la turbulence de Navier-Stokes, les milieux granulaires, la physico-chimie des liquides complexes et les applications en géo-sciences, les processus de réaction-diffusion, le transport en milieux confinés, la physique de la matière active, etc. Les méthodes employées couvrent un large spectre allant des techniques analytiques aux simulations numériques.

Les candidat-e-s sont vivement encouragé-e-s à prendre contact avec le laboratoire pour définir un projet de recherche.
Les personnes à contacter (avec comme sujet du mail: « poste MCF au LPTMC ») sont:
Bertrand Delamotte, directeur du LPTMC (
Annick Lesne (

Le poste n’a pas de fléchage particulier pour ce qui est de l’enseignement et s’effectuera donc aux niveaux Licence et Master au sein de l’UFR de Physique.

Pour rappel: la candidature à un poste de Maître de Conférences nécessite d’avoir la « qualification ». Voir:

Nous vous invitons à diffuser le plus largement possible cette annonce.

B. Delamotte


Fluid and Elasticity (Malaga, juin 2019)

Dear colleagues,

We are organizing an international conference on “Fluid and Elasticity” in June 2019. This conference will be the fourth of the series. Previous editions were held in Carry-le-Rouet, France (2009), La Jolla, CA (2012) and Biarritz, France (2015).

The conference will be held at the hotel « Parador de Malaga golf » in Malaga, Spain ( over three days (June 24-26, 2019). The conference program will consist of single plenary sessions with five invited lectures (40 minutes) and about 40 selected oral presentations (15 minutes), with ample time outside the formal sessions to encourage informal discussions among participants in a wonderful place.

The list of invited speakers for the 2019 edition is:
– Basile Audoly (LMS, Ecole Polytechnique, France)
– Pedro Reis (EPFL, Switzerland)
– Leif Ristroph (Courant Institute, NYU, USA)
– Javier Rodriguez-Rodriguez (Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain)
– Anne-Virginie Salsac (UTC, France)

The deadline for submission of abstracts for contributed talk is February 1st, 2019. All details regarding the conference and the abstract submission process can be found on the conference website (

We look forward to seeing you in Malaga next year.


The Organizing Committee:
– Christophe Eloy (IRPHE, Centrale Marseille, France)
– Eric Lauga (DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK)
– Sébastien Michelin (LadHyX, Ecole Polytechnique, France)
– François Nadal (Loughborough University, UK)
– Luis Parras (University of Malaga, Spain)


Post-doc at Navier lab: Numerical study of physical and mechanical aging in colloidal suspensions

Dear Colleagues,

A post-doctoral position is available at Laboratoire Navier to carry out a computational study of mechanical aging in dense silica suspensions. This investigation will proceed in close collaboration with experiments performed in our team.

Please find a detailed announcement here: announcement

Sincerely yours,
Anael Lemaitre


Conference « Fluids and complexity », Nice, 5-7 December 2018

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming conference « Fluids and complexity” which will be held at Théâtre du grand château, Campus Valrose, Nice on 5-7 December 2018.


The aim of this event is to bring together researchers working in several different, but often interconnected, fields of fluid dynamics, including Hydrodynamic, Magneto-Hydrodynamic and Geophysical Turbulence, Statistical Mechanics applied to fluids, Mathematical and Numerical Fluid Dynamics, Non-Newtonian Fluids and Granular Matter, Active Matter and Bio Fluids, Drops, Capillarity and Micro Fluids.

Plenary speakers include:

– Freddy BOUCHET (Laboratoire de Physique, ENS Lyon)

– Marc BRACHET (LPS, ENS Paris)


Yoël FORTERRE(IUSTI, Marseille)

– Sergei KUKSIN(IMJ, Sorbonne Université)

– David QUERE (PMMH, ESPCI Paris)

– Salima RAFAI (LIPhy, Université Grenoble Alpes)


The registration deadline has been extended to October 29th 2018

You are invited to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation before 19 October 2018

You can find more detailed information, registration and abstract submission form at the conference website

A limited number of free accommodations and a travel support will be available for young researchers.
We look forward to welcoming you in Nice in December.

Sergei Nazarenko (Institut de Physique de Nice),

Yves D’Angelo (Laboratoire J.A. Dieudonné),

Celine Cohen (Institut de Physique de Nice),

Giorgio Krstulovic (Laboratoire J.L Lagrange),

Rudy Valette (CEMEF)


Assistant (tenure-track) Position, Aerospace Engineering, U. Minnesota Twin Cities, USA

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) seeks to fill one tenure-track faculty position in Aerospace Structures and Advanced Materials (ASAM).  Researchers engaged in the development of innovative experimental methods are particularly encouraged to apply, but applications are invited in all areas of the mechanics of solids.  Current research in the AEM department includes the development of nanoscale mechanics (molecular dynamics, lattice statics, quasicontinuum method, applied quantum mechanics) and continuum mechanics (phase transformations, phase field models, micromagnetics, stability and bifurcation) for the understanding and discovery of advanced materials and structures. The AEM department has close ties with on-campus multidisciplinary centers, and convenient access to outstanding shared experimental and computational facilities, such as the Minnesota Nano Center, the Characterization Facility, the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. Information about the department is available at

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in a related field by the date of appointment. The successful candidate is expected to have the potential to conduct vigorous and significant research programs and the ability to collaborate with researchers with a wide range of viewpoints from around the world. This candidate will participate in all aspects of the Department’s mission, including (I) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses to a diverse group of students in aerospace engineering and mechanics; (II) participating in service activities for the department, university, broader scientific community, and society; and (III) supervising undergraduate and graduate students and developing an independent, externally-funded, research program.

The intent is to hire at the assistant professor rank. However, exceptional applicants may be considered for higher rank and tenure depending upon experience and qualifications. It is anticipated that the appointment will begin fall 2019.

The AEM department is committed to the goal of achieving a diverse faculty as a way to maximize the impact of its teaching and research mission. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about equity & diversity at UMN, visit

To be considered for this position, candidates must apply on-line at: and search for Job ID No. 326059; OR Visit:

Application Deadline:  The initial screening of applications will begin on December 1, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.