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Welcome to the homepage of Daniel Beller, Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of California, Merced.

My group has an opening for a postdoctoral scholar! Candidates with a record of independent research, a background in statistical physics, soft condensed matter or biological physics, and strong computational and analytical skills are encouraged to apply at https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/apply/JPF00731.

I am a theoretical and computational physicist with research interests in soft matter and biological/biomaterial physics. My current research is in the areas of

  • liquid crystalline states of active biological matter,
  • self-assembly in complex fluids,
  • and biological population genetics in connection with problems in statistical physics.

Spatial organization, complex geometries, and topological defects are recurring themes in my research. Much of my work is in close collaboration with experimentalists from Physics, Materials Science, and Chemical Engineering backgrounds.

I am looking for motivated and talented people to join my research group. If you’re interested, please get in touch!