Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD student in simulations of active colloidal suspensions.

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    Bilkent University
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    PhysicsCondensed matter properties
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    10/06/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Turkey › ANKARA
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions



Applications are invited for a PhD position (“Early Stage Researcher”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “Active Matter: From Fundamental Science to Technological Applications” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. In this role the candidate will conduct both individual and collaborative research projects, analyse and interpret research data, write up and publish results, and perform public engagement and outreach activities. The applicant will be working towards a PhD degree, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximises both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration. Finally he/she will not only receive state-of-the-art science/technology training but will also benefit from a unique soft-skills training programme.

Project description

Understanding disorder-order phase transitions, such as crystallization, is not only crucial from a fundamental point of view, but also relevant for industrial applications. The applications range from material science (the fabrication of nanoparticles and photonic crystals), to medicine (where crystallization can play a central role in pathological and normal conditions), biotechnology (where crystallization of proteins is an important issue), and food industry. In most of these applications, particularly, the crystallizing fluid is a colloidal suspension. Despite the significant efforts for modelling freezing of colloidal suspensions, there is still a lack in understanding the crystallization dynamics when the dispersed particles are active and particularly when hydrodynamic effects cannot be neglected. This project has the aim to address this gap by introducing into the present models for the crystallization of active colloidal suspensions a mesoscopic Lagrangian model, i.e. the multi-particle collision (MPC). With MPC the fluid is viewed as an ensemble of mesoscopic particles colliding between each other. The collisional coupling to other microscopic degrees of freedom is easily incorporated in MPC and its application to complex fluids, such as colloidal suspensions and freezing flows, is straightforward. Through MPC we can understand in detail how hydrodynamic effects influence the crystal formation and growth. Validation of the numerical models developed during the project will be provided by experiments conducted at Gothenburg University and University of Konstanz.

Scientific contact

Dr. Luca Biancofiore (luca@bilkent.edu.tr)


More Information


- The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.

- The possibility to be part of the project Innovative Training Network “Active Matter: From Fundamental Science to Technological Applications”project with collaborators from important European institutions such as Gothenburg University (Dr. Giovanni Volpe) and University of Konstanz (Prof. Hartmut Löwen). During the project the candidate is expected to travel to different European countries (e.g. Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, etc.) to (i) conduct collaborative research and (ii) attend workshops and activities in the framework of the Innovative Training Network project.

- A personal study plan to support the candidate's development within his/her areas of interest.

- A workplace with many employee benefits such as e.g. discounted campus accommodation, free access to on-campus short and fitness facilities (including a swimming pool), private health insurance, and a meal card.

- Monthly salary at the average European standard (around 2700 Euros per month).

Eligibility criteria

Please check this website for the eligibility criteria.


In particular the applicant will need a minimum TOEFL score (87) and quantitative GRE score (157). The applicant's undergraduate cumulative GPA (CGPA) must be above 2.80/4.

The candidate must also meet the Marie Curie-eligibility criteria (https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/sites/mariecurie2/files/msca-itn-fellows-note_en.pdf) and demonstrate this in the application. Particularly he/she can must have not resided in Turkey for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Selection process

Apply for the position and admission through Bilkent University's recruitment system.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date (June 10th 2019) at 11.59pm, Ankara time.

Applications must include the following elements:

- GRE: General Test (minimum quantitative: 157)

- English Proficiency TOEFL IBT (at least 87)

- Proof of degree

- Transcripts

- Two recommendations letters

- Statement of purpose

Administrative contact

Prof. Ezhan Karaşan (mfbe@bilkent.edu.tr)

Additional comments

About Bilkent University

Bilkent University is the first private non-profit university in Turkey - was founded on October 20, 1984, by Professor Ihsan Doğramacı, M.D., with the fundamental aim of creating a centre of excellence in higher education and research. The medium of instruction (all verbal and written classwork, practical works, assignments and exams) at Bilkent University is English. There are about 13000 students (including foreign students from over 75 countries), over 1000 faculty members (25% international) and over 450 administrative staff. Most of the faculty members received their Ph.D. degrees from prominent universities in Europe and North America. According to ISI Citation index, Bilkent is first in Turkey in the number of published papers per faculty and ranks high internationally (http://w3.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent/rankings/).

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Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent


The candidate will have preferably a Master degree in Engineering, Physics or closely related discipline.  Particularly skilled candidates who do not hold a Master degree but an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Physics or closely related disciplines could be considered for admission to direct PhD program. The call is open to all the applicants and in particular female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

If successful, we would like the candidate to start your research in September 2019. 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Bilkent University
Mechanical Engineering Dept.

EURAXESS offer ID: 402285


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