Research Assistant in Complex Materials Mechanics Theory

A new postdoc position in applied mathematics is available at University of Cambridge. Applicants should apply before June 24, 2019.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up to the 30th September 2021 in the first instance. There is then potential for this to be extended for a further year. It is hoped that the candidate would be in post by 1st October 2019. An earlier start date can be negotiated but no more than 3 months before the mentioned start date.

The Theory of Condensed Matter of the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate to work on the theory of complex mechanics and geometry of responsive materials. The role is funded by the EPSRC.

The Theory of Condensed Matter Group ( in Cambridge has an established track record in statistical mechanics, complex soft matter, and mechanics. The group has a lively range of scientific activities (meetings, journal clubs, internal and external seminars) and has close ties with experimental groups in the Lab. Interactions and collaborations with other members of the group and the Cavendish and Engineering Labs are encouraged.

The role holder will engage in theoretical research related to the groups of 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, and the area has been termed “metric mechanics”.

Our new mechanics paradigm is patterning the response of liquid crystalline solids to change the effective metric, and hence intrinsic curvature, and also to change the extrinsic bend. The route to strong actuation is via control of stretches if metric evolution is impeded. 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. Interactions and collaborations with other members of the group and the Cavendish and Engineering Department are encouraged. In particular, the post will relate to, and derive inspiration from the parallel experimental programme of Dr JS Biggins in Division C (micro/bio mechanics, materials) of the Engineering Department.

We will particularly value evidence of ability to communicate clearly and present data to other members of the group and collaborators. The candidate will have the ability to work productively in a team and have experience of managing their own workload.

Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD in physics or a closely related discipline such as Applied Mathematics, theoretical mechanics, or engineering. We will also consider those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range 26,243 to 30,395. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range 32,236 to 39,609.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a list of publications in the ‘upload’ section of the online application. If desired, candidates can also upload (optionally) a brief statement of research interests, past achievements, and suitability for the role. Applicants will need to provide details of 2 referees, whom we can contact. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about the research topics and environment, please contact Mark Warner (mw141 at or John Biggins (jsb56 at If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Mott Hub HR Administrator (

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Deadline: June 24, 2019
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