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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Postdoctoral positions...

Postdoctoral position at University of Pittsburgh

The Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh anticipates an opening for a postdoctoral associate starting September 2010. The position’s primary area of research will focus on mechanics of the microforming processes and characterizing the thermomechanics of deformation at micrometer length-scales.
The initial appointment is for one year with potential to extend, subject to the availability of funds. A strong background in solid mechanics with expertise in computational crystal plasticity methodologies and finite element modeling of manufacturing processes is preferred. Expertise in analytical electronmicroscopy (TEM, SEM and HRTEM) and mechanical characterization is desirable. 
The candidate isexpected to be independent, self-motivated and posses a proven record of high-quality publications. A doctoral degree in mechanical engineering or materials science is preferred. We will be reviewing applications immediately on receipt. Interested candidates should forward their CV, two representativepublications and contact details of at least two references to (electronic submissions are preferred):
M. R. Shankar
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Industrial Engineering
1034 Benedum Hall,
Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ocular Mechanics, Devers Eye Institute, Portland, Oregon 


The Devers Eye Institute Ocular Biomechanics Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to construct, analyze, and interpret finite element models of the posterior hemisphere of the eye to characterize the mechanical behavior of the optic nerve head in normal and glaucomatous eyes. The optic nerve head is the site of nerve damage in glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world, and we hypothesize that intraocular pressure-driven optic nerve head biomechanics is the mechanism of damage. We have several large NIH grants focused on ocular biomechanics in glaucoma and intraocular pressure telemetry, and the successful candidate will join a dynamic team of accomplished biomedical engineers, scientists, and clinicians studying the optic nerve head using experimental, imaging, and computational approaches.

The duties of this position include the further development of finite element models of the posterior pole and optic nerve head at both the continuum and microarchitectural levels, integration of inhomogeneous hyperelastic, anisotropic material properties into the models, analysis of models, interpretation of the results, and manuscript preparation as first author. The incumbent will also have the freedom to develop his/her own ideas and receive support and help in their development from the research team.

A Ph.D. in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering or a related field is required. Experience with finite element modeling of complex biologic tissues is required. Experience with modeling of trabeculated structures such as bone, as well as a working knowledge of Amira, Amira Developer, and Abaqus is preferred.

To apply, please e-mail a complete curriculum vitae, a representative publication, and the names and contact information of two references to the contact below.

J. Crawford Downs, PhD
Associate Scientist
Research Director, Ocular Biomechanics Laboratory
Devers Eye Institute
Portland, Oregon USA



Postdoc position at MIT: Thermal and mechanical properties of nanocomposites

A postdoctoral associate position at MIT is available immediately, focused on the analysis and development of multifunctional thermal management structures, by using theoretical and atomistic multiscale modeling and simulation. This project specifically involves calculations of thermal and mechanical properties of graphene based metal- and polymer nanocomposites, with a focus on various aspects such as interfacial transport properties, tunability, mutability and phonon engineering. Additional aspects of the project relate to the general
area of mechanical energy transport in biological materials.

A Ph.D. in materials science, chemistry, physics or a related field is required, and in particular experience with molecular dynamics simulations. The candidate should have very well-developed computational skills, a strong background and interest in atomistic, molecular and multiscale modeling and simulation, preferably experience in the calculation of transport properties and some expertise in first principles calculations (Density Functional Theory). Good written and verbal communication skills and organizational talents are expected.  

Please send a CV, a brief summary of research interests and skills, three representative publications, and the names, affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references to lamm-search@MIT.EDU.

The research will be carried out at MIT’s Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics.  

Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the opening is filled. This position is available immediately.

For any questions, please contact Markus Buehler (contact information below).

Contact information:
Prof. Markus J. Buehler, Ph.D.
Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor
Principal Investigator, Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave. Room 1-235 A&B
Cambridge MA 02139
Phone: 617-452-2750
Fax: 617-324-4014
E-mail: mbuehler@MIT.EDU
Lab website:



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