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Two Nano-Tribology postdoctoral positions in Tel Aviv University

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the group of Prof. M. Urbakh in lively Tel-Aviv. Topics are centered around nano and micro-scale tribology (friction, dissipation, adhesion, wear) involving theory, modeling, and computer simulation of frictional and nonlinear
dissipation phenomena.

The projects focus on: (i) studies of friction at micropatterened surfaces with biomimetic and sensing applications, and (ii) novel approaches to control frictional response at the nanoscale through application of electric field, light and force modulations.

The projects would suit candidates with a good background in chemical or/and solid state physics and/or nonlinear dynamics. Knowledge of computer simulation techniques is highly desirable.

The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable for one or two additional years.

Interested candidates should send a CV, list of publications and 2 letters of recommendation to: Prof. Michael Urbakh, School of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, 69978, Tel Aviv, Israel, Fax: +972-3-6409293; Phone: +972-3-640-8324;

E-mail:urbakh (at) post (dot) tau (dot) ac (dot) il.


Relevant recent publications:

A.E. Filippov, M. Dienwiebel, J.W.M. Frenken, J. Klafter, M. Urbakh, Torque and twist against superlubricity, Phys. Rev. Lett.100, Art. 046102 (2008).

O.M. Braun, I. Barel, M. Urbakh, Dynamics of transition from static to kinetic friction, Phys. Rev. Lett., 103, 194301 (2009).

Barel, M. Urbakh, L. Jansen and A. Schirmeisen, Multibond dynamics of nanoscalefFriction: the role of temperature, Phys. Rev. Lett., 104, 066104 (2010).

R. Capozza, S.M. Rubinstein, I. Barel, M. Urbakh, J. Fineberg, Stabilizing stick-slip friction, Phys. Rev. Lett., 107, 024301 (2011).

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