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ISMSM/NIST Research Fellow

Georgetown University - Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology
Washington D.C.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Oct 19, 2022

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Field of specialization
Analytical, Environmental, Materials, Polymers
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology at Georgetown University (GU), in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), invite applications for an independent Research Fellow to work closely with scientists at Georgetown and NIST on soft matter, broadly defined.

1. Fellowship Details

  • This position is suitable for excellent scientists with a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, biophysics, applied mathematics, or related disciplines, and a strong record of accomplishments in experiment, synthesis, metrology, theory, or simulation. 
  • In our soft matter community, scientific excellence goes together with the quality of the human experience. We seek a diverse pool of applicants sharing our excitement of scientific discoveries, enthusiasm to learn from each other and desire to grow by exchanging perspectives. 
  • The Fellowship is for two years, with an option for a third year depending on mutual interest. Each Fellow will have competitive salary and access to $5,000/year travel expenses, and up to $10,000/year research expenses; as well as access to a wide range of synthesis and characterization equipment at Georgetown and NIST. 
  • Fellows are expected to work in areas that overlap strongly with 2 or more groups at Georgetown, as well as with NIST scientists. 
  • Current research areas (experiment, theory, synthesis, metrology, simulations) include (but are not limited to):
    • Theory of polymer glasses
    • Gels and networks
    • Rheology and structure of spherical and rodlike  suspensions
    • Additive manufacturing and 3D printing of soft matter
    • Phase separation in biology
    • Active matter
    • Rheology and structure of cement
    • Amorphous solids
    • Biopolymer networks
    • Self-assembly at interfaces
    • Lipid bilayer membrane theory and simulation
    • Motion of giardia and microorganisms
    • Shear banding in fluids and amorphous solids
    • Design of polymer nanoparticles
    • Polymer-based fibrils for medical applications
    • Self-assembly mediated by intrinsically-disordered proteins
    • Dynamics of entangled polymers
    • Synthesis of multifunctional polymer networks
    • Simulation of complex aromatic molecular assemblies
    • Novel metrologies for imaging and mechanics of soft matter.

2. Application Process

The first stage of the application consists of the following:

  1. CV
  2. Full publication list.
  3. One page summary of the candidate’s research achievements.
  4. One page letter of intent outlining the research ideas that the candidate would like to pursue, and explaining how they would integrate with the research at ISMSM.
  5. 3 reference letters

All documents should be sent as PDF files

The second stage of the application is by invitation and requires:

  1. A research proposal, including research plan, anticipated budget, and clear statement of potential collaboration(s) with GU and NIST scientists. No longer than 5 pages (not including references), typeset at 11 point with 1 inch margins.
  2. One letter of support from GU scientist(s) with whom the candidate plans to collaborate.

For further questions and information to prepare your application please contact any ISMSM scientists, or

Applications can be submitted through Academic Jobs Online

3. Deadline and dates

  • Deadline for the letter of intent: 20 October 2022
  • Invitation to submit the research proposal: 20 November 2022
  • Research proposal deadline: 6 January 2023
  • Earliest starting date: 1 March 2023

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse team of employees. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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