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The Manning group uses theoretical and computational tools to understand collective motion in disordered, non-equilibrium “materials”, and we take a very broad view of the word “materials”. For example, we collaborate closely with experimental groups to study how individual cells interact with each other to generate emergent macroscopic properties in developmental biology systems (with the Amack and Schoetz groups) and in cell cultures on interesting substrates (with the Henderson group).  We are also studying flow and plastic deformation in jammed and glassy non-biological solids, by identifying and analyzing the dynamics of “soft spots” or flow defects in these materials. Examples of glassy non-biological solids include bulk metallic glasses, emulsions, foams, granular materials, and many other materials that are important for industry and geology. By developing macroscopic equations to describe these materials, we can better predict friction and failure in these solids.

See the Research section for more details.

Contact Information

Mailing address:
Office 201 Physics Bldg
Department of Physics
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244 USA

Manning CV

Phone: 315.443.3920
Fax: 315.443.9103
Email: mmanning@syr.edu

Postdoctoral opportunity! [pdf flyer]

We invite applications for a research postdoctoral position to work on theoretical and/or computational studies of soft matter physics. The successful candidate will work primarily in the group of Professor Lisa Manning, whose research focuses on mechanical properties of biological tissues, active matter, and amorphous or granular materials. There will be significant opportunities to collaborate with researchers in our strong and dynamic soft matter theory program, including Professors Cristina Marchetti, Alan Middleton, Jen Schwarz and Mark Bowick, as well as experimental collaborators at SU and around the globe. The initial appointment is for one year beginning in Fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years. Salary is negotiable based upon experience and research abilities.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics or related field and have demonstrated experience theoretical or computational condensed matter physics.

For full consideration qualified candidates must complete the online management application at www.sujobopps.com (#071589) and attach their curriculum vitae, list of publications (attach to other document), a statement of research interests (attach to cover letter), and the email addresses of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For primary consideration, applicants should submit an application before Feb 15th, 2015.

Syracuse University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of minority groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.

IGERT Program

Graduate Fellowship opportunities with:

Syracuse University Department of Physics

The Soft Interfaces Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) focuses on research on soft and biological interfaces and on the interaction between soft and hard materials. The research is broadly organized into three areas: (i) biological membranes in vitro and in vivo, (ii) biomaterials interfaces, and (iii) nanostructured interfaces. These areas are all central to modern materials science and engineering, both for their fundamental interest and their potential for technological and medical applications. The IGERT Fellows will have opportunities to be engaged in theoretical and experimental research projects within cross-disciplinary teams of scientists and engineers.