A postdoctoral position focusing on the statistical mechanics of granular materials is available in the Department of Physics at North Carolina State University. The research will involve performing experiments on the relevance of state variables in describing dense granular systems. In particular, we aim to directly address the degree to which temperature-like variables (compactivity/angoricity from Edwards entropy and effective temperature from the fluctuation-dissipation theorem) equilibrate between two subsystems and change under shear.
The initial appointment will be for one year (ideally beginning mid-2007), with extension upon mutual agreement. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in physics or a related field, as well as prior experimental experience. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV (including publication list), and contact information for three references to Karen Daniels.