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    Nicola Manini

    Hello, I think that the simplest way to allow everybody to post job openings without special web abministrator privileges is to open a specific thread on this blog. So here we go.
    Please write concise ads with links to online extra details!
    I hope this helps…

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    Nicola Manini

    Postdoc openings in Milan, to do research on theory of friction and dissipation.
    Net salary around 5000 eur/month net, on EU grant.
    See details here.

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    Roland Bennewitz

    PhD position open in the field of force microscopy of metallic glasses at the INM – Leibniz Insitute for New Materials in Saarbrucken (Germany) under supervision of Arnaud Caron and Roland Bennewitz (see details)

    Postdoc position open in the field of UHV friction force microscopy of metal surfaces at the INM – Leibniz Insitute for New Materials in Saarbrucken (Germany) in the group of Roland Bennewitz (see details)

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    Nicola Manini

    PhD opening in Milan: deadline Sept. 30, 2014.
    It’s a PhD in general physics, but it gives students a great opportunity to do a PhD in nanofriction in the group of the Action Chair…
    See full details at the web site.

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    Lasse Laurson

    Postdoctoral research fellow opening – Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. Application deadline Oct. 18, 2014

    The position is connected to an Aalto Science Institute (AScI, Thematic Research Programme Machine learning strategies for optimizing frictional properties of materials coordinated by Academy Fellow Dr. Lasse Laurson and Prof. Adam Foster. The position is also strongly linked to the Computational Nanoscience Centre of Excellence (COMP, at Aalto University. The length of the contract period is two years.

    See full details and submit your application at this web site.

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    Martin Dienwiebel

    PhD opening in Karlsruhe in the field of experimental microtribology in the group of Martin Dienwiebel at the Microtribology Center µTC. The position is open until 18.08.2015.
    Full details of the project and contact can be found here

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    Roland Bennewitz

    Two PhD openings in the nanotribology group at the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrucken, Germany, led by Roland Bennewitz. One project is about friction mediated by ensembles of supramolecular bonds, the other about molecular layering and lubrication. Apply before September 5, 2015.
    (more details)

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    Enrico Gnecco

    PhD opening in nanotribology in the new group of Enrico Gnecco at the Otto Schott Institute of Materials Science, Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Research topic: “Surface rippling on the nanoscale: Unveiling a fundamental wear mechanism”. The position is open until 20.09.2015. More details can be found here.

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    A PhD position is available with Astrid de Wijn on the subject of Theory of Friction of Electrolyte Systems, jointly at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Stockholm University. For more information, see the
    Stockholm University website. The deadline for applications is the 2nd of May 2016.

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    Bruno Zappone

    PhD position: Structure and tribology of anisotropic fluids nanoconfined under applied electric fields

    The position will be opened for applications from August 1st, 2016, at the Institute of Nanotechnology of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-Nanotec) in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry of the University of Oxford, UK.
    The project is aimed at determining structural, electro-optical, mechanical and frictional (tribological) properties of thin films of anisotropic fluids, such as liquid crystals and dispersions of rod-shaped functional nanoparticles, confined between solid surfaces to a thickness comparable with particle dimensions and subject to external electric fields. The project will focus on the possibility of controlling surface friction by playing on the dielectric response and alignment of the anisotropic fluid.
    The experimental work will be developed mainly using a Surface Force Apparatus/Balance equipped with newly developed graphene surfaces.
    Applications will be accepted until early September 2016 and evaluated by the end of September 2016. Candidates must hold (or be close to obtaining) a university degree in Physics, Chemical Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or related fields. Successful candidates will be granted a 3-year scholarship, spend a minimum of 12 months in Oxford, and receive an Italian PhD degree from the University of Calabria. Travel expenses will be partially covered with a joint CNR-Oxford grant recently awarded by the Royal Society of the UK. For more information please contact:

    1) Dr. Bruno Zappone (supervisor)
    Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche,
    Istituto di Nanotecnologia (CNR-Nanotec)
    c/o Dipartimento di Fisica, Università della Calabria
    Rende (CS), 87036 Italy
    Phone/Fax: +39 0984 496120 / 4401
    web: CNR-Nanotec

    2) Prof. Susan Perkin (co-supervisor)
    Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory
    University of Oxford
    South Parks Road
    Oxford, OX1 3QZ, UK
    Tel: +44(0)1865 275496 / 279894
    Fax: +44(0)1865 275410
    web: Perkin Lab @ Oxford University

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    Rynno Lohmus

    POST DOC research grant (up to 2 years) in Estonia

    The nanomanipulation team in the Institute of Physics, University of Tartu is looking for good candidate with Physics, Chemistry or Material Science background.

    In February 1, the submission of post doc research grant (up to 2 years) in Estonia will be opened. Please look for details :

    The nanomanipulation team is a young and strong team with many world top level instruments including FIB-⁠SEM, AFM, TEM, etc., and soon also a lithography facilities in the cleanroom.

    They are looking for recently defended (no more than 5 years) good candidate.
    The project submission is opened from 1 February 2017-⁠ February 24
    (internal deadline). Therefore, the timescale is quite tough.

    If you need more information, then contact directly Rynno Lohmus,

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    A PhD position is available with Cynthia Volkert on the subject of Friction under active control in systems with tailored degrees of freedom, at the University of Göttingen in Germany. For more information, see the Göttingen University website . Applications received after Sept. 27 will be considered if the position is not yet filled.

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    Mehmet Baykara

    Ph.D and Post-Doc Positions at University of California, Merced

    Mehmet Z. Baykara, who is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Physics at Harvard University and has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, will be joining the University of California, Merced (UC Merced) as a faculty member in January 2018.

    Prof. Baykara’s research group at UC Merced will be conducting nanoscale experimental studies, focusing on scanning probe microscopy (SPM) to explore mechanics at nanometer and atomic scales. Topics range from nanotribology to biomechanics.

    We are currently accepting applications from prospective PhD students and post-doctoral associates. If you are looking to conduct cutting-edge experimental work as part of the youngest campus in the University of California system, please contact us:

    Mehmet Z. Baykara
    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
    University of California, Merced

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