06/04/2021
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Postdoc fellowship in bio-inspired fluid dynamics and elastocapillarity

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    PhysicsBiophysics
    PhysicsChemical physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/05/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Brussels
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Description

Within the CapTure project, granted by the Concerted Research Actions, the Nonlinear Physical Chemistry Unit (NLPC) of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) invite applications for one postdoc fellowship to begin in June 2021 or soon after.

The successful candidate will conduct experiments and theoretical modeling to study fluid flows driven by elastocapillarity in the context of the capture of fluids by living organisms. A project summary is included below.

Type of appointment

1 + 1 year full time. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the EU before employment begins.

Salary

Approximately 2500€ net per month.

Required Qualifications

Completed PhD in Physics or related fields. Good oral and written communication skills (in English) to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a cover letter including a statement of interest, a curriculum vitae and the name and address of persons of reference to F. Brau via email.

Deadline

Review of applications will begin on May 01, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Project summary

Capturing viscous fluid at small scales is a challenge that nectarivores have solved by developing various type of specialized tongues or proboscis. These appendages typically consist of a complex assembly of flexible structures having a small size compared to the capillary length. Despite numerous recent papers studying these feeding strategies, most of the physicochemical mechanisms allowing some of those animals to quickly feed on nectar are not yet fully understood. The main objective of the CapTure project is to elucidate the mechanisms of nectar capture in nectarivores possessing “hairy” tongues such as bees, bats or honeyeater birds. To achieve this goal, the candidate will carry out systematic experimental and theoretical studies of elastocapillary effects coupled with viscous flows for a series of model systems mimicking biological systems. He/she will study the influence of various control parameters on the capture dynamics and assess the relevance of these models by comparisons with in-vivo measurements.

Contact Person

Prof. Fabian Brau

Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Nonlinear Physical Chemistry Unit

Campus de la Plaine, CP–231, Boulevard du Triomphe, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

E-mail: fabian.brau@ulb.ac.be

More Information

Eligibility criteria

The successful candidates must have appropriate authorization to work in the EU before employment begins.

Selection process

Review of applications will begin on May 01, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Web site for additional job details

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université libre de Bruxelles
Belgium
Brussels
1050
Boulevard du Triomphe, Campus de la Plaine CP231

EURAXESS offer ID: 624549

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