post-doc experimental solid friction (ENS-Lyon)

annoucement in pdf

Dear colleagues,

A postdoc position is available for 12 months at the Physics Laboratory of ENS Lyon to work on an experimental project in the area of solid friction. I’m looking for a candidate with a background in experimental physics/geophysics/mechanics/soft matter. The postdoc should not start later than January 2019. More details can be found in the attached announcement (pdf)

I would appreciate if you could spread the information to anyone who might be interested and among your institute.

Best regards,

Elsa Bayart

Elsa Bayart – CNRS Researcher
ENS de Lyon
Site Monod – 46 allée d’Italie, 69364 Lyon Cedex 7
Phone: +33(0)



position in modelling – mechanistic and data driven (Nestlé Research, Lausanne)

pdf of call : NRC-Modelling Specialist – Mechanistic and Data Driven

Dear research partners,

we have posted a new job opening for a modelling specialist (engineer/scientist) in our team at Nestlé Research, Lausanne.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply via the Nestlé Careers website : .

New graduates (Ph.D. level) are considered as well as experienced applied/industrial modelling specialists.

I am happy to provide further information on request.

Best regards, Jan


ATER Mécanique ESPCI (Attention deadline 2 aout !)

Un poste d’ATER est libéré à l’ESPCI.

voir la fiche de poste sur le site ESPCI 

voir la fiche en pdf

  • Enseignement : TP de mécanique du solide. (135h) à compter du 1er septembre 2018
  • Recherche au PMMH (ou au SIMM).
    Les dossiers de candidatures doivent comprendre :
    - Un Curriculum Vitae avec les coordonnées complètes du candidat.
    - Un résumé des activités scientifiques et d’enseignements et un projet scientifique (3 pages maximum en tout) avec les coordonnées de deux référents.
    - Une lettre de motivation.
    - La copie du diplôme de doctorat.Les dossiers doivent être adressés par courrier électronique en un seul document attaché, sous format PDF exclusivement, à l’adresse courriel
    avec copie à :
    Responsable enseignement :
    Responsables recherche :
    PMMH :
    SIMM :



Postdoc on Human computer interfaces and mid-air feeling, University of Birmingham, UK

Please find an announcement for Postdoc to start in October, in Birmingham
The position is for 2 years, and is funded at lecturer pay should a candidate with sufficient experience appear.
The work will be part of an exciting project on human computer interfaces and mid-air feeling, and would entail creating a hybrid fast-multipole boundary element – finite element method model of the human hand. If you wouldn’t mind forwarding the job advert to anyone that may wish to apply, I would greatly appreciate it.
Dr Thomas Montenegro-Johnson,
Lecturer in Mathematical Biology,
School of Mathematics,
University of Birmingham,
B15 2TT,

Postdoc on Multi-technique characterization of thin clay films during their creep, IFFSTAR, Ecole des Ponts

Dans le cadre d’une collaboration entre le Laboratoire Navier (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, IFSTTAR, CNRS), le laboratoire Phenix (Sorbonne Université, CNRS) et le Synchrotron SOLEIL, nous proposons un post-doctorat (cf PJ) de 1 an sur « Multi-technique characterization of thin clay films during their creep ». Les candidatures sont ouvertes jusqu’au 1er septembre 2018, pour un démarrage en janvier 2019. Pourriez-vous svp diffuser cette offre au sein du GDR MePhy?

Voir l’annonce en pdf

En vous remerciant par avance,
Bien cordialement,
Matthieu Vandamme

Dr. Matthieu Vandamme (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech – Laboratoire Navier)

French Government by-fellow at Churchill College
Visitor at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge


 Postdoc on origami based micro-robotics, AS2M department @ FEMTO-ST

Dear Colleagues,

We have a postdoc opening in AS2M department @ FEMTO-ST Institute in the area of origami based micro-robotics for nano-manipulation in SEM, with a focus on design and experimentsThe goal is to investigate the design of actuated structures by using  thick piezoelectric film and conducting polymers based on origami. Further details about this position can be found in the following link:

Applications received by August 30th, 2018, will receive equal consideration.

More details on who we are and what we do at the AS2M department can be found here:

Best regards,
Kanty Rabenorosoa

Associate Professor, MiNaRoB Team

AS2M department/FEMTO-ST Institute 
ENSMM School Engineering

24 rue Alain Savary, 25000 BESANCON Cedex
Tél: 03 81 40 28 13

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)


Registration deadline is 17 September 2018

You are invited to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation before 15 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)


Postdoc on fluid-structure interaction at high Re with focus on experiments, flexLab @ EPFL

Dear Colleagues,

We have a postdoc opening in our fleXLab @ EPFL in the area of fluid-structure interaction at high Re, with a focus on experimentsThe goal is to study the mechanisms underlying the coupling between fluid flow and multi-component morphing structures. Further details about this position, including a link to the online application system, can be found in the following link:

Your mission: The Flexible Structures Laboratory (fleXLab) headed by Prof. Pedro Reis at EPFL invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the area of fluid-structure interaction. The project will consist or exploring, understanding and designing morphable/flexible structures to achieve tunable lift and drag under high Reynolds number conditions, both in aerodynamic and hydrodynamic environments. The goal will be to both rationalize the fundamental principles that underlie the interaction between fluid flow and multi-component morphing structures, as well as then use the gained knowledge to explore implementation in engineering contexts. This activity will be multidisciplinary, at the interface of structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, soft robotics and nonlinear physics.

Your profile: Candidates should have recently obtained or are about to obtain a Ph.D. in Physics, or Mechanical/Civil/Aerospace Engineering, or related disciplines. The project will have a strong experimental component, so experience in laboratory settings is desired, either in fluid or solid mechanics. The following areas of expertise are particularly welcomed: rapid prototyping, micro-fabrication, polymer synthesis, mechanical testing, control/automation/robotics, flow imaging, and image processing. An appreciation for scaling analysis, theory and computation is also welcomed.

We offer: The successful postdoc will join a vibrant, 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 in the iconic modern building of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and offers unique state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. More information about our research group, including other active research themes, can be found in the following link:

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

Applications received by August 20th, 2018, will receive equal consideration.

More details on who we are and what we do at the fleXLab can be found here:

Warm regards,
Pedro Reis


postdoc UNIfied multi-scale framework for PLASticity of metals, amorphous and cellular materials

voir l’annonce en pdf

Supervisors : Marc Durand, MSC, Université Paris Diderot ( Oguz Umut Salman, LSPM, Université Paris 13 (

A fundamental question in materials science is identifying the microscopic origin of plasticity. Why do materials display plastic rather than elastic response and can we predict when this will occur ? An improved understanding of plastic deformation is important in a wide range of amorphous materials, such as metallic and polymeric glasses, foams, granular materials, colloids, and emulsions.
In molecular materials with crystalline order, plastic behavior is understood in terms of defect nucleation and dynamics. For amorphous materials, a description in terms of topological defects is not possible due to the inherent structural disorder. Therefore identifying and characterizing local plastic events in amorphous materials is essential for a complete understanding of their structural and mechanical properties. Experimentally, the challenge is identifying systems for which the microscopic events are directly observable. This is one of the main advantages of mesoscopic systems, such as foams, and the reason for the interest in making connections between mesoscopic systems and molecular materials.
Foams are interesting as a model for atomic or molecular systems with tunable structural disorder (either quenched of evolving on large time scales) and interactions between units (from pairwise to many- body interactions). Foams are also a model for other soft cellular materials such as emulsions or confluent biological tissues: these systems are constituted of highly deformable (yet almost incompressible) units (bubbles, drops, cells,. . . ). Interfacial energy is the key ingredient in the cohesion and the rigidity of such systems, often constituted solely of fluids.
The proposal aims to bring a unified approach in the understanding of plastic behavior, for both molecular and cellular materials, with various degrees of disorder (from crystalline to amorphous). We will use in conjunction complementary numerical and theoretical models to study the plasticity of two-dimensional foams and compare it with the plasticity of atomic solids, either crystalline or amorphous.
The recruited post-doc will benefit from a world-class interdisciplinary environment, both within the MSC and LSPM labs which developed expertise in numerical and theoretical modelling of heterogeneous media.
We seek motivated researchers, with theoretical and computational expertise. Candidates should have a background in computer simulation, statistical mechanics, or condensed matter. Postdoctoral position is for a period of one year, with estimated starting date January 2019.
Interested candidates can apply by sending their CV (including publication list) and a short research statement (with plans and motivations) by email to with subject: « Application UNIPLAS ».


Self-Organization in Active Matter: from Colloids to Cells (oct 2018, Erice, Italy)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the Workshop Self-Organization in Active Matter: from Colloids to Cells to be held October 1-4, 2018, at the Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture in Erice, Italy.

The Workshop will bring together established and junior researchers to discuss the latest development in experiments and theory of self-organization in active systems. Topics covered will include active colloids, microswimmers, active liquid crystals, bacterial suspensions and biofilms, subcellular structures, and tissues. We will have a number of invited talks by distinguished speakers that have made important contributions to the field of active matter. There will also be opportunities for contributed presentations to be selected from submissions and for poster presentations.

The venue is the The Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture in the historic town of Erice, Sicily. Erice is located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750 metres (2,460 ft) above sea level, overlooking the city of Trapani and the Aegadian Islands on Sicily’s north-western coast. A cable car joins the upper and lower parts of the town. Erice is a wonderfully preserved walled Mediaeval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history.

For more information and to register please visit the Workshop website:
The number of attendants is limited, so please, register soon, and in any case before August 31, 2018.
The fee of 120 Euro/night covers all local expenses (ground transportation, accommodation, meals, coffee breaks, excursion, and social dinner).
Limited funds are available to support the participation of junior scientists or scientists from developing countries.

We hope to see you in Erice in October.

The organizers

Hugues Chaté
Gerhard Gompper
Cristina Marchetti