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Soft Matter Physics

Liquids, colloids, polymers, foams, gels, membranes, biological materials and therefore life itself are just a handful of examples of soft matter. Soft matter can be found throughout industrial and technological applications. Whether it’s packaging, adhesives, detergents, cosmetics, medicines, fuels, rubber tyres, or paints, soft matter physics is essential to understanding, designing and optimising these products.

PhD Opportunities

Research within the Soft Matter Group at Leeds is primarily experimental with an equal focus on fundamental and applied aspects. We are interested in a wide range of different soft matter materials including liquid crystals, polymers and biopolymers, glasses, and colloids.

SMP Priority Project: The physics of polymer glasses in confined geometries and in the bulk
Supervisors: Dr Johan Mattsson and Dr Simon Connell

SMP Priority Project: High performance liquid crystals and liquid crystal polymers for organic electronics devices
Supervisors: Dr Mamatha Nagaraj and Dr Richard Mandle

Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund

The IOP Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund is for full or part-time graduates wishing to study towards a doctorate in physics and from groups that are currently under-represented in physics.

We have an internal deadline of 15 December 2023. You need to be interviewed and sent an offer letter by this date.

If you would like to talk to us about this scholarship then please email Dr Michael Ries.


The Soft Matter Physics research group is currently seeking a Lecturer or Associate Professor in Theoretical Soft Matter Physics and/or Theoretical Biological Physics.