Associate Professor of Physics of Viscous Liquids and Glasses

Roskilde University - Department of Science and Environment

Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as associate professor of Physics of Viscous Liquids and Glasses from July 1 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. We seek a physicist with physical-aging expertise as well as general expertise within the experimental physics of glass-forming liquids. Until 2023 the position is associated with the Matter project in the Glass and Time centre at the Mathematics & Physics group IMFUFA. The project is financed by VILLUM FONDEN and directed by Professor Jeppe Dyre.

Department of Science and Environment is one of four departments at Roskilde University. The department conducts basic and applied research within physics and mathematics, chemistry, medicinal biology, molecular biology and environmental sciences. Bachelor and master programs are offered within the same areas. The department is organized into four research groups: Mathematics & Physics group IMFUFA, Chemistry, Medicinal & Molecular Biology, and Environmental Dynamics. We strive to work interdisciplinary within the department, within the main areas at Roskilde University and in close and open-minded collaboration with private companies, public institutions, universities and NGOs.

The IMFUFA research group focuses on the structure and dynamics of soft matter and viscous liquids, on the history, philosophy and didactics of science, and on mathematical modelling and its scientific foundations. Together these fields encompass a multidimensional understanding of physics and mathematics in which the disciplines are viewed as classic scientific fields, as having functions within other subject and practice fields, and as disciplines with cultural and societal characteristics.

Responsibilities and tasks:
The associate professor’s duties will primarily include research (including publication/academic dissemination duties) and research-based teaching (with associated examination duties). The teaching will be maximum 20 % the first six years of the employment period and subsequently the associate professor will work according to the same conditions as other associate professors at the department. In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position also includes a duty to share knowledge with the rest of society. Furthermore, the associate professor is expected to manage research, provide guidance and supervision of assistant professors and researchers as well as take part in academic assessments.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Have conducted research at the highest international level in applying and/or developing techniques for high-precision studies of glass-forming liquids and aging of glasses just below the glass transition. Though the focus is on aging, experience with measuring different linear-response properties of glass-forming liquids is thus an advantage. A solid training in mathematics is required as the position involves not just experimental research, but also modelling.
  • Have disseminated the research results in high-impact journals as well as popular dissemination.

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