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Post-Doc Openings

Postdoctoral position: Modeling the rheology of active fluids

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a collaborative project between the Brandeis MRSEC on Bioinspired Soft Materials and the TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS) at Hyderabad, India.

We would like a candidate with theory or simulation skills in the statistical mechanics of soft and biological matter, or in rheology and complex fluid dynamics, but will seriously evaluate applications from talented candidates with more general backgrounds such as condensed matter and materials, nonlinear, statistical and granular physics, and computational sciences. A strong motivation for working in close interaction with experimentalists is essential.

The project will be led by Sriram Ramaswamy at TCIS, and by Bulbul Chakraborty and Aparna Baskaran at Brandeis. The position is for two years, renewable for a third year based on the availability of funds, and the successful candidate is expected to spend 50% of her/his time at TCIS and 50% at Brandeis.

For an initial screening, the candidate should contact us and send a CV to Bulbul Chakraborty <> before Sep 30, 2014.

Bulbul Chakraborty
Ancell Professor of Physics


Job Opening

Brandeis MRSEC Postdoctoral Fellowship
 Brandeis – Hampton Education and Research Collaboration

Locations: (7.5 months) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA

(4.5 months) Hampton University, Hampton, VA, USA

Start: September 2014.


The Brandeis University MRSEC, Bioinspired Soft Materials, seeks a postdoc with a background in a materials science related field who is interested in a career that combines undergraduate teaching and research. The postdoc will conduct research at the Brandeis MRSEC and serve as a teacher, mentor and advisor to a team of ~6 Hampton University undergraduates on a year long research project that takes place at Brandeis in summer and at Hampton during the academic year. The postdoc will be in residence at Hampton one semester per year and teach one course at Hampton. The rest of the year will be spent at Brandeis performing research and supervising Hampton students in summer.

Women and minorities candidates are encouraged to apply. Brandeis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer M/W/D/V.

Applicants should email a cover letter, a CV and should arrange to have three letters of recommendation emailed directly. Please indicate "postdoc application" in the e-mail subject line.

Submit applications to Prof. Seth Fraden via email:


We especially encourage applications from women and minorities.  Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer.

Computational postdoc to study self-organization and plausible mechanisms for the origin of life

A postdoctoral fellow position is available for a computational scientist to join the group of Michael Hagan in the Physics Department at Brandeis University as part of the project “Evolutionary molecular self-organization under extreme conditions: A plausible route to the origin of life”. This project, funded by the Keck Foundation and the Brandeis MRSEC, is a collaboration with three experimental chemistry groups (Bing Xu, Irv Epstein, and Li Deng) to study the self-organization of molecular catalysts under extreme conditions as a link between paleobiology and chemistry. Goals include understanding how coupling between autocatalytic activity and self-assembly can lead to spatiotemporal organization, the emergence of homochirality, and facilitated formation of covalently linked macromolecules. By elucidating how self-organization can enable simple molecules to evolve toward greater structural and organizational complexity without sophisticated biological machinery (e.g., enzymes), this work will shed light on the fundamental processes that may have first generated life prior to the emergence of biomacromolecules (e.g., nucleic acids or proteins).

The postdoc will apply coarse-grained models, all-atom simulations, and electronic structure theory to simulate the self-organization of the synthesized molecules, to identify mechanisms underlying the observed behaviors and to guide further experiments. The ideal candidate would have experience in performing large-scale simulations and a PhD in theoretical chemistry, physics, or a related field. The position is available until filled, and can start immediately.

Applicants should send a cover letter and a CV to, and have three three letters of recommendation sent to the same address. Please indicate "postdoc application" in the e-mail subject line.

Brandeis University is located in Waltham, MA, just outside of Boston.

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.