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PhD Position in Soft Matter Physics at J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD fellowship, funded by the Slovenian Research Agency, to work with Professor Igor Musevic on experimental liquid-crystal topology. The project will focus on the Kibble Zurek mechanism of topological defect generation in liquid crystals. In particular, the experiments will be designed to induce a ultrafast temperature quench across the isotropic nematic phase transition. The effect of the nontrivial topology of confinement on the production of topological defects will be explored. The experiments will address several basic questions that have not yet been answered.

Applicants should have a master’s degree in Physics. Experience with optics, lasers, optical microscopy and solid programming skills and experience with C/C++ (preferable) and/or Python would be advantageous.

Applicants will be expected to work independently in a creative environment and interact with a team of PhD students and post-docs with a wide range of expertise in physics, optics, optical microscopy and numerical simulations. Applicants will follow the doctoral program in Physics of the University of Ljubljana.

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and certificates including a grade list as well as the contact information for two references by email to Prof. Igor Musevic ( The job starts on October 1, 2020.

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