Project SWiWS 2017-2021
We aim at a mathematical conceptual understanding of the folding transition. We consider the critical phenomenon of a qualitative change of geometry of these long chains upon heating. Indeed, there is for all polymers a subtle balance between their own flexibility and the forces they experience, the so-called energy-entropy competition, in order to achieve a definite bulky shape which holds in a narrow window of temperature. Probability Theory studies such a problem by considering a family of polymers associated with some weights, a law, instead of focusing on a given specific sequence of monomers. Thus, our goal is twofolds: (i) exhibit conditions for the weights under which the family of polymers reaches a Folding Transition; (ii) describe the many possible shapes adopted by polymers.
Conferences and Workshop sponsored by ANR
- Recent Progress on Random Walks, 25-29 May 2020,
Self-interacting Random Walks, Polymers and Folding
9-13 September 2019, CIRM, LUMINY
Random Walks and Polymers March 25-29 2019, Les Treilles, Haut-Var
CIMPA Graduate School in Probability.
July 15--27 2018, Buenos Aires
Workshop on Random Walks and Folding transition.
11-13 september 2017, Florence
Postdoctoral position in Probability
Deadlines: 1st of July 2019
We offer a 1-year postdoctoral position in Probability Theory beginning in the Fall 2019 and funded by the ANR grant SWiWS.
Candidates with a background in Probability or Mathematical Physics, and interested
in working on the mathematical aspects of polymer folding, interacting random walks and related topics, are encouraged to apply.
The position is officially attached with Paris-Est, and collaboration is expected with members of the SWiWS project.
Funding will also be available to participate in scientific events related to the project.
Research stays in Marseille and Cambridge are possible.
Holding a PhD in Mathematics.
Applications should be sent by email and include: a CV, a list of publications,
a description of research project as well as 2 letters of recommendation.
For more information: amine.asselah at u-pec.fr