Tobias Galla
Instituto de Física Interdisciplinar y Sistemas Complejos (IFISC)

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From: psollich <[log in para visualizar]>
Subject: PhD studentship in Non-Equilibrium Statistical Physics and Biophysics, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Goettingen
Date: 30 January 2023 at 20:32:02 CET
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Dear colleagues,

I would be very grateful if you could bring the fully funded PhD position below to the attention of any suitable candidates. The studentship is open to applicants of any nationality.

Many thanks and best wishes,
Peter Sollich

PS: You may remember a similar-sounding message from me from a few months back; we did recruit someone then but they have had to withdraw due to health issues, so I'd be particularly grateful for your help in finding a new candidate.

Applications are invited for a

PhD position (full-time, all genders welcome) in

Non-Equilibrium Statistical Physics and Biophysics

at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Göttingen. The position will be embedded in the group of Prof. Dr. Peter Sollich. It is part of the Research Training Group (RTG 2756) “Cytoskeletal elements of active matter – from molecular interactions to cellular biophysics”.

The aim of the PhD project is to construct mesoscopic models of cytoskeletal rheology that explicitly account for heterogeneity and active processes. This allows one to go beyond the phenomenological application of models developed for passive materials, and to produce new insights into the physical origins of low-frequency power-law rheology in the cytoskeleton. Starting from models for passive disordered materials (soft glassy rheology) the project will include explicit active mechanisms such as detachment and sliding of motors along filaments plus, in the longer term, local filament rheology, the effect of passive and active cross-linkers, and heterogeneity on larger length scales. We generally aim for models where analytical predictions can be extracted, at least in scaling (e.g. low frequency) limits, supplemented as necessary by numerical solutions or approximations that will be verified using stochastic simulations.

The PhD project is scheduled to start as soon as possible. Applications should be made by 15 February 2023; later applications will be considered while the position remains unfilled.

Further details on the position and how to apply can be found at


Prof Peter Sollich

Institut für Theoretische Physik
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1
D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
+49 551 39-27375


Department of Mathematics
King's College London
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