Research

Postdoc on modelling complex colloidal mixtures for use in bionic muscle engineering (Paris-Saclay, France)

We have an open PDRA position (fully funded, four years) on biocompatible stimuli-responsive polymer/colloid mixtures at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides in Orsay, France funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) through a Pathfinder Open research grant. This grant was awarded to a research consortium composed of groups from Eindhoven University of Technology (The […]

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Phd research project: A radical approach to Alzheimer’s Disease via next-generation computational and experimental methods

The proposed PhD project takes on a radical new path towards the study of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), which will open novel avenues for the development of breakthrough drugs with high-therapeutic efficacy against AD. This research path builds upon accumulating, compelling and independent lines of evidence, which demonstrate that a family of microorganism are associated to […]

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Microplastics destabilize lipid membranes by mechanical stretching

PNAS 118 (31), e2104610118 (2021)
Jean-Baptiste Fleury, Vladimir A. Baulin

Estimated millions of tons of plastic are dumped annually into oceans. Plastic has been produced only for 70 y, but the exponential rise of mass production leads to its widespread proliferation in all environments. As a consequence of their large abundance globally, microplastics are also found in […]

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Postdoc: Theoretical modeling of nanoparticles interacting with cells

OBJECTIVES
The project is based on a recent publications showing the importance of membrane tension for interaction of nanoparticles with cells1–3. Deformation of cells and compression of lipid bilayers by strongly adsorbing nanoparticles is related to a non-chemical and non-biological mechanism of recently discovered antibacterial action of nanoparticles.
(i) Molecular Dynamics, Langevin dynamics, numerical surface evolvers, as […]

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General topic postdoc positions at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has been awarded a Marie Curie Cofund program, called [email protected], that will allow 15 young and talented post-docs to work with us for 2 years with competitive Marie-Curie salaries.
https://www.unive.it/pag/40610/
The [email protected]Venice Programme has an innovation ecosystem of 28 strategic partners, including spin-off companies, SMEs, large companies & research organisations, where the Fellows will […]

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Post-doc position: Biophysical properties of chromatin

The project
Mutations in chromatin regulators can lead to multiple pathological conditions which are commonly referred as chromatinopathies (CPs). The project –funded by Telethon Foundation- is centered on determining the mechanisms and functional implications of mutations in chromatin regulators observed in CPs by adopting biophysical approaches. The herein program aims to define the role of chromatin-associated […]

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Antibacterial Action of Nanoparticles by Lethal Stretching of Bacterial Cell Membranes

Adv. Mat. 32 (52), 2005679 (2020)
Denver P. Linklater, Vladimir A. Baulin, Xavier Le Guével, Jean‐Baptiste Fleury, Eric Hanssen, The Hong Phong Nguyen, Saulius Juodkazis, Gary Bryant, Russell J. Crawford, Paul Stoodley, Elena P. Ivanova

It is commonly accepted that nanoparticles (NPs) can kill bacteria; however, the mechanism of antimicrobial action remains obscure for large NPs that […]

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7 fully-funded PhD studentships in Biophysics (BiPAS CDT)

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Biological Physics Across Scales (BiPAS) at King’s College London (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/research/bipas-cdt ) is currently recruiting for 7 PhD studentships.  In particular, we are looking for students with a background in the physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, maths, computer science, engineering) who have a keen interest in studying biological physics.  The BiPAS […]

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PhD Study of the mechanism/s of biological effects of low-power radiofrequency emissions

This project is part of RMIT University node under the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR), which is a Centre of Excellence funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia since 2005. ACEBR’s remit is, among other things, to conduct cutting-edge research into potential health effects associated with exposure to the […]

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Unexpected Cholesterol-Induced Destabilization of Lipid Membranes near Transmembrane Carbon Nanotubes

Phys. Rev. Lett. 124(3), 038001 (2020)
Yachong Guo, Marco Werner, Jean Baptiste Fleury and Vladimir A. Baulin

Cholesterol is a crucial component of mammalian cell membranes that takes part in many vital processes. It is generally accepted that cholesterol stabilizes the membrane and induces transitions into ordered states. In contrast to expectations, we demonstrate that cholesterol can […]

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PhD Study of marine microbiology and underwater diversity

This project is focused on studying the diversity of microorganisms living in the Mediterranean sea: fungi, bacterias and algae.
Requirements: Master degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology
Submission date before 9 January 2020
For more details contact: [email protected]

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Postdoc position: Shape, shear, search mathematical models of bacteria

We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to work on an EPSRC-funded project to develop an integrated mathematical model to explore the early stages of bacterial biofilm formation. You will be working with Rachel Bearon and Bakhti Vasiev as part of the Mathematical Biology group and EPSRC Liverpool Centre for Mathematics in Healthcare. Impact from the […]

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2 PhD projects in Soft Matter Physics: theory and experiment of self-assembling patchy virus rods (Paris & Bordeaux, France)

We are advertising 2 PhD projects in the Soft Matter groups of the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (Orsay, France) and the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (Bordeaux, France). We have funded positions for both an experimental candidate(Bordeaux) and a theoretical one (Orsay).
The project concerns a collaborative study of passive and active self-assembly of patchy colloidal rods and aims […]

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Ph.D and postdoc positions in theoretical-computational membrane biophysics

Fully funded Ph.D and postdoctoral positions in the area of membrane biophysics are available in my research group at Ben Gurion University, Israel.
Our group applies analytical and computational methods of statistical mechanics to understand the physical principles behind the functioning of complex biological and biomedical systems. We are especially interested in developing coarse-grained physical models […]

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PhD Scholarship in microhydrodynamics at IPPT PAS, Warsaw, Poland

There is a PhD scholarship (sponsored within NCN OPUS 16 scientific project) available in the group of Prof. Maria Ekiel-Jezewska of Institute of Fundamental Technological Research PAS, Warsaw, Poland.
The goal is to analyze dynamics of microparticles settling under gravity or entrained by external fluid flows. This goal will be addressed numerically and theoretically, with a […]

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PhD student position in Soft Matter Physics – University of Warsaw

I have an opening for a PhD student in my group at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (Poland).

The position is focused on theoretical and numerical aspects of the dynamics of elastic filaments in viscous fluid, with an experimental verification planned within the project.

It is a 3-years project with a possible extension by 1 […]

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Simulations of Protein Adsorption on Nanostructured Surfaces

Scientific Reports, 9, 4694 (2019)
Berardo M. Manzi, Marco Werner, Elena P. Ivanova, Russell J. Crawford and Vladimir A. Baulin
Recent technological advances have allowed the development of a new generation of nanostructured materials, such as those displaying both mechano-bactericidal activity and substrata that favor the growth of mammalian cells. Nanomaterials that come into contact with biological […]

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Postdoc position in Molecular Simulation of Colloids – University of Manchester, UK

A postdoctoral Research Associate position, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is available for an outstanding and ambitious researcher to develop stochastic simulation methods for the study of the dynamics in crowded colloidal suspensions.

The selected candidate will work in my group, at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester.

Starting date: May […]

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The Interaction of Giant Unilamellar Vesicles (GUVs) with the Surface Nanostructures on Dragonfly Wings

Langmuir, January (2019)
S. Cheeseman, Vi Khanh Truong, V. Walter, F. Thalmann, C. M. Marques, Eric Hanssen, J. Vongsvivut, M. Tobin, V. A. Baulin, S. Juodkazis, S. MacLaughlin, G. Bryant, R. J. Crawford, E. P. Ivanova
The waxy epicuticle of dragonfly wings contains a unique nanostructured pattern that exhibits bactericidal properties. In light of emerging concerns of […]

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High-Throughput 3D Visualization of Nanoparticles attached to the Surface of Red Blood Cells

Nanoscale, December (2018)
André Dias, Marco Werner, Kevin Ward, Jean-Baptiste Fleury, Vladimir A. Baulin
Blood circulation is the main distribution route for systemic delivery and the possibility to manipulate red blood cells by attaching nanoparticles to their surface provides a great opportunity for cargo delivery into tissues. Nanocarriers attached to red blood cells can be delivered to […]

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Tension-Induced Translocation of Ultra-Short Carbon Nanotube through a Phospholipid Bilayer

ACS Nano, November (2018)
Yachong Guo, Marco Werner, Ralf Seemann, Vladimir A Baulin, and Jean-Baptiste Fleury
Increasing awareness of bioeffects and toxicity of nanomaterials interacting with cells puts in focus the mechanisms by which nanomaterials can cross lipid membranes. Apart from well-discussed energy-dependent endocytosis for large objects and passive diffusion through membranes by solute molecules, there can […]

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Master/PhD Position: Principles of Biofilm Architecture

We are hiring! You are a Master student? Attracted by interdisciplinary research? Fascinated by biological materials? Join us to study how bacteria design and build their cosy slimy home!
The topic: Biofilms are complex 3D structures, which form as bacteria get embedded in a matrix of self-produced fibers (amyloid and cellulose). Because biofilms are known to […]

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Postdoctoral position in Biological Physics

The BioModeling, BioInformatics & BioProcesses lab of the Free University of Brussels (ULB) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the field of biological physics.  The appointment will be initially for a period for 18 months starting between January and March 2019, financed by the FNRS Fund for Scientific Research, with the possibility of […]

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Postdoc position: simulation and modelling of shear-thickening suspensions in Université Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, France

We have an opening for a 18-month postdoctoral researcher, starting from February 2019, to work on the simulation and modelling of shear-thickening suspensions in Université Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, France. The work will be centered on understanding the emergence of instabilities and on modeling the transient interplay between dilation and pore pressure feedback as shear thickening occurs.
The position is funded by […]

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Postdoc position: uncovering mathematical descriptions for use in the Japanese art of paper cutting at Aarhus Denmark

Applications are invited for a 2 year (1+1) postdoctoral position with a background in theoretical and computational mechanics, soft condensed matter physics, or Applied Mathematics. This project focuses on uncovering mathematical descriptions for use in the Japanese art of paper cutting, namely Kirigami, and Reticulated Structures. The research question is on how optimal geometric design […]

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Post-doc position in Fluid flows shaping morphology

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization at Göttingen, Germany, is an international research institute. It performs both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research and currently employs about 300 people.
Project: We are looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our research team. We offer a highly international, interdisciplinary and collaborative environment in […]

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PhD in multiscale mechanisms of evolutionary dynamics in microbes

The Theoretical Biology Group at ETH Zurich is hiring a Ph.D. student to study multiscale mechanisms of evolutionary dynamics in microbes.  We will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2018.  For more information on the position and how to apply, please follow the link:

https://www.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/usys/ibz/theoreticalbiology/group/job_9-2018.pdf

Please feel free to pass this information along to others who may […]

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Kinetic evolution of DOPC lipid bilayers exposed to α-cyclodextrins

Soft Matter, , (2018)
Monika Kluzek, Marc Schmutz, Carlos M. Marques and Fabrice Thalmann
Cyclodextrins are cyclic oligosaccharides capable of forming inclusion complexes with a variety of molecules, and as such have been recognized as a pharmaceutical and biotechnological asset. Cyclodextrins are known to interact with the components of cell membranes, and this correlates with a significant […]

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Bridging molecular simulation models and elastic theories for amphiphilic membranes

J. Chem. Phys., 149, 014902 (2018)
Adrien Berthault, Marco Werner, Vladimir A. Baulin
The Single Chain Mean Field theory is used to link coarse-grained models of amphiphilic molecules with analytical models for membrane elasticity, where phenomenological parameters are deduced from explicit molecular models and force fields. We estimate the elastic constants based on the free energy of […]

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High Aspect Ratio Nanostructures Kill Bacteria via Storage and Release of Mechanical Energy

ACS Nano, 114(9), 2165–2173 (2018)
Denver P. Linklater, Michael De Volder, Vladimir A Baulin, Marco Werner, Sarah Jessl, Mehdi Golozar, Laura Maggini, Sergey Rubanov, Eric Hanssen, Saulius Juodkazis, Elena P. Ivanova
The properties of lipid bilayers in sucrose solutions have been intensely scrutinized over recent decades because of the importance of sugars in the field of biopreservation. […]

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Structure and Chemical Organization in Damselfly Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis Wings: A Spatially Resolved FTIR and XRF Analysis with Synchrotron Radiation

Scientific Reports, 8, 8413 (2018)
Susan Stuhr, Vi Khanh Truong, Jitraporn Vongsvivut, Tobias Senkbeil, Yang Yang, Mohammad Al Kobaisi, Vladimir A. Baulin, Marco Werner, Sergey Rubanov, Mark J. Tobin, Peter Cloetens, Axel Rosenhahn, Robert N. Lamb, Pere Luque, Richard Marchant, Elena P. Ivanova
Insects represent the majority of known animal species and exploit a variety of fascinating […]

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Antioxidant modified amphiphilic polymer improves intracellular cryoprotectant delivery and alleviates oxidative stress in HeLa cells

Adv Mater Sci, DOI: 10.15761/AMS.1000131 (2017)
Alexander Chen, Sergio A Mercado, Nigel KH Slater
The design and synthesis of a dual-function, cell permeating polymer with an antioxidative property is described and its use for the intracellular delivery of the cryoprotectant trehalose into HeLa cells is demonstrated. The polymer, PVitE-25, was created by grafting the water insoluble hydrophobic […]

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DPPC Bilayers in Solutions of High Sucrose Content

Biophysical J, 114(9), 2165–2173 (2018)
Mattia I. Morandi, Mathieu Sommer, Monika Kluzek, Fabrice Thalmann, André P. Schroder, Carlos M. Marques
The properties of lipid bilayers in sucrose solutions have been intensely scrutinized over recent decades because of the importance of sugars in the field of biopreservation. However, a consensus has not yet been formed on the mechanisms […]

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Development and mechanistic characterisation of membrane-active anticancer peptides

Organisms are well known to produce their own antibiotic host-defence peptides that act through damaging bacterial membranes due to their different molecular composition compared to the host organism’s own cells. Some of these antimicrobial peptides are also known to have anticancer properties. One particularly promising anticancer peptide is polybia MP1 (MP1) from the venom of […]

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Theoretical problems in the areas of soft and living matter

Prof. Eleni Katifori in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, is looking for a post-doctoral associate to work on theoretical problems in the areas of soft and living matter. The projects will involve the statistical physics of complex networks.

The successful candidate will join the soft matter theory group […]

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Frustrated self-assembly, theoretical descriptions of the cytoskeleton, protein-membrane interactions

PhD and postdoctoral openingsat CNRS’ LPTMS lab in Orsay (Paris area).
The postdoc will have the opportunity to work on frustrated self-assembly, theoretical descriptions of the cytoskeleton, protein-membrane interactions and
other problems at the interface between Statistical/Soft Matter Physics and Biology. He or she will be able to interact independently with the broad range of exciting biophysical […]

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Novel bacterial motility behaviors

The Taute lab at the Rowland Institute at Harvard is offering a postdoc opportunity at the interface between physics and biology. The lab focusses on understanding how physics and ecology interplay in shaping the diversity of swimming behaviors available to microbes. Many bacteria swim with the aid of flagella, helical appendages that can be rotated […]

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Self-organization mediated by surface waves

A 2 years postdoctoral position is currently open at Institut de Physique de Rennes (France). Flexible starting date from October 1st, 2018 to January 1st, 2019. The project is experimental and theoretical, and part of the project funded by CNRS Momentum “Self-organization of fluid and solid structures at fluid interfaces at the macroscopic scale”. The […]

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Postdoc positions School of physical sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing

Chair professor Rudolf Podgornik in the Foreign-expert 1000-talents program of Chinese government at the School of physical sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Zhongguancun Campus, Beijing, invites outstanding young researchers in physical sciences to apply for up to 3 postdoc positions in 2018. We are interested in candidates working in the following areas, […]

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Variable resolution algorithms for macromolecular simulations

Two postdoc positions are available in the framework of the ERC StG project VARIAMOLS – Variable resolution algorithms for macromolecular simulations. A postdoc researcher is sought for a 2-years long project involving deep neural network—based method development and applications in the context of macromolecular modelling and simulation. Candidates with background in physics, chemistry, biology, and […]

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