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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ph.D Position, Pre-Doc & Post Doc Positions....

Post-doc position in (1)Multifunctional nano materials/devices (2)Smart materials and structures

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth has two post-doc openings in the areas of (1)Multifunctional nano materials/devices (2)Smart materials and structures.  
TO APPLY: Your complete application must include a cover letter, a curriculum vita, a one-page research plan, and contact information for three current references, which must be submitted online on the Employment System at: 

Faculty Position in Solid Mechanics at Brown University

Brown University established a School of Engineering on July 1, 2010 and is beginning a major hiring initiative to fill multiple openings.  As part of this initiative, the School is seeking to fill a position in Solid Mechanics at any academic level to start in July 2011. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: micro/nano-scale solid mechanics, mechanics of cells and biological systems, soft matter mechanics, mechanics of materials for energy applications, computational mechanics, experimental mechanics, multiscale modeling. Candidates should have expertise in the mechanics of structural, electronic, biological, and/or energy systems that are complementary and synergistic with existing research areas in the School. The successful candidate is expected to make a significant contribution to the School’s research activities and to build a strong, externally funded research program. The candidate should also have a marked interest in, and demonstrated talent for, teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Solid Mechanics Group at Brown fosters a balanced program of research and instruction that integrates the perspectives of continuum mechanics, structure of matter, and materials science. The program has a long standing tradition of leadership through innovations in the analytical, computational, and experimental concepts and methodologies that form the core of the field.  Research areas of particular strength in the Mechanics of Solids Group at Brown include: experimental mechanics of materials; deformation and failure in thin films; micro-electro-mechanical systems and nano-structures; multiscale materials modeling; and microstructural evolution in materials processing.  Research in cellular and molecular biomechanics and in mechanics of energy storage systems is rapidly growing within the group.  Current focal points for activities in the program are the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) on Micro- and Nanomechanics of Materials and the General Motors Collaborative Research Center on Computational Materials Research. The Group also operates a state-of-the-art Computational Mechanics Research Facility for use by its graduate students and faculty.

Details on procedures for applying for positions at the various levels are available on the School of Engineering website:  under ‘faculty searches’.  Applications should be received by December 31, 2010 to receive full consideration; however, the positions will remain open until filled or the search is closed.  Women and candidates who are members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.  Brown University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. 

Positions are open at all levels. All candidates should submit a CV with a cover letter.  The letter should discuss research plans, laboratory requirements and teaching interests.  Expectations for the various levels of appointment, and instructions for additional materials to be submitted are:  

•    Assistant Professor, tenure-track: Candidates should hold a Ph.D. and demonstrate potential for outstanding research and teaching.  Candidates should arrange for at least 3 letters of reference to be submitted to the address below.
•    Associate Professor, tenured or untenured: Candidates should have an outstanding record of research accomplishment and scholarly achievement, with concomitant strong evidence of emerging leadership in their field.   Candidates should provide the names of 5 references whom the search committee may contact directly.
•    Professor, with tenure:  Candidates should have an outstanding record of research accomplishment and scholarly achievement, with concomitant strong evidence of realized leadership in their field.   Candidates should provide the names of 5 references whom the search committee may contact directly.

All application materials should be submitted to:
    School of Engineering Hiring Initiative, Box D
    Solid Mechanics Search sub-committee chair
    Brown University
    184 Hope St.
    Providence, RI   02912

Assistant Professor in Fluid Mechanics Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (HSEAS) seeks applicants for an appointment at the level of tenure-track assistant professor in the field of fluid mechanics. The ideal candidate will have high expertise in fluid mechanics and will also have a demonstrated commitment to significant and innovative applications in engineering. 

The position requires a Ph.D. in engineering or a closely related field, the ability to develop a leading research program, and enthusiasm for teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in engineering. Successful candidates will work with HSEAS faculty to develop a curriculum for our ABET-accredited engineering program. 

Harvard University is committed to increasing its investment in engineering, as exemplified by the recent creation of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, construction of new teaching and research facilities and recruitment of new faculty members. HSEAS benefits from outstanding undergraduate and graduate students and a collaborative research environment without departmental boundaries.
Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, a statement of teaching interests, a statement of research plans, copies of three publications, and names and contact information for at least three references. These documents should be submitted as a single pdf attachment to

We encourage applications before 31 December 2010, but will continue to review new applications until the positions are filled. Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and underrepresented minority candidates are strongly encouraged. 

PhD positions at the University of Western Australia in Mechanics

PhD positions are available at the University of Western Australia to work on the following projects: hybrid materials with internally engineered architecture (materials with negative Poisson’s ratio and negative stiffness), wave propagation in higher order continua and non-linear media, vibrations and self-assisted healing in structures with topological interlocking, and simulation of subsurface flow monitoring. The projects have industry applications in Petroleum, Rock Mechanics, Civil Engineering and Materials Science. Graduates with strong academic background and degrees in Mechanical, Civil and Materials Engineering, Geomechanics and Science majored in Maths, Physics and Computer Science are encouraged to apply.
Successful candidates will be awarded a scholarship for three years, with a tax free value of A$26, 000 per annum. A top-up of A$10, 000 per annum can be negotiated upon performance. Please contact Prof Elena Pasternak
Openingfor Research Fellow Position in Composite Structures 

The Research Center for Aircraft Parts Technology in Gyeongsang National University (Jinju, South Korea) has opened a postdoctoral research fellow position for the research on composite structures.

Position requirements: The position requires Ph.D. in composite materials or structures and the English communication should be possible. Experience and record of journal publications in that field will be an advantage. International applications are very welcome.

Salary:The starting salaryis about USD 27,500. Based on accomplishments, the salary can be raised from second year.

Toapply: The position is available immediately. The research will be supervised by prof. Jin-Hwe Kweon, ( Please send an e-mail of intention of application and full Curriculum Vitae with a list of journal publications to


The Mechanics and Aerospace Design Laboratory of the University of Toronto has immediate vacancies for postdoctoral applicants with outstanding training in mechanical/aerospace engineering with emphases on engineering design, modelling and analysis.  Applicants may select and give their reasons to work on one of the following projects: 
  • Morphing Wing Design for UAVs
  • Design of a High Speed Attenuation System
  • Multifunctional Nano-Tailored Composites
We value candidates who understand and appreciate team work and team spirit with strong communication capability. Applicants should send their resume via email to Professor S. A. Meguid at “” 

Post-doc on lubricated contact (ionic liquids)

The institute of Modelling and Simulation in Mechanics and Materials is looking for a post-doctoral researcher with less than 10 years experience (post-PhD) to work in the area of lubricated contact at the theoretical and computational level. The selected candidate will be supervised by Prof. Evans and Prof. Borodich. 

The position is for 12 months and the salary in the vicinity of €35,000. 

Please contact stephane dot bordas at gmail dot com for more information. 

Director, Institute of Modelling and Simulation in Mechanics and Materials, 
Cardiff School of Engineering 

Dr Stephane Bordas


Postdoc position at UConn: Mechanical behavior of cellular filaments

A postdoctoral position is available at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Connecticut in the area of coarse-grain molecular dynamics simulation of cellular membranes and filaments. Extensive experience in molecular dynamics simulation of soft materials and parallel coding is required. Experience in the use of force fields and LAMMPS is highly desirable. 

Please send a CV, a brief description of computational skills, relevant published or accepted for publication papers in refereed journals, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references to George Lykotrafitis (
George Lykotrafitis,
Mechanical Engineering
University of Connecticut

postdoc position on modeling and simulation of fatigue and corrosion-University of Cincinnati

A postdoc position is available in the computer-aided engineering research lab at the University of Cincinnati. The research will focus on modeling and simulation of fatigue and corrosion-induced failure in metals.  The candidate shall have a Ph.D. degree in mechanics, mechanical engineering, material science or related areas with emphasis on material modeling. Past experience with atomistic simulation, finite element methods and computer programming using fortran, C or C++ under Linux or Windows OS is highly desired. The initial appointment is one year and the position can be renewed based on performance. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with experimentalist and access to state-of-the-art facilities.  Interested applicant shall send a resume with research statement and references to

Research Fellow Positions in Impact Dynamics and Mechanics of Cells at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Two Research fellow positions available under Prof. LuGuoxing, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity

1 Impact Dynamics
Duration of appointment: 1 year(renewable for another 2 years)

Candidate specifications:
·       PhD degree in relevant disciplines;
·       Strong background in Impact Dynamics
·       Experience in structural responses under impactor blast loading;
·       Experience in using commercial computerlanguages like FORTRAN and MATLAB a plus;
·       Good English writing will be an added advantage;

2. Mechanics of Cells
Duration of appointment: 1 year, withpossible extension, depending on the availability of further funding

Candidate specifications:
·       PhD degree in relevant disciplines;
·       Strong background in Biomechanics and Finite ElementMethods;
·       Experience in using commercial computerlanguages like Matlab or Mathematica a plus;
·       Good English writing will be an added advantage;

S$3,800/mth (1 Singapore dollar isapproximately 5.1 RMB, negotiable).

Closing date: till the position is filled

Contact Information:
Highly motivated candidates are expectedto send their CVs including a publication list to the following email address:

Predoctoral position at IMDEA materials (Madrid, Spain)

The research group of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics of advanced materials at IMDEA Materials Institute seeks a:
   Research Assistant (PhD candidate)
   (MSc Degree in materials/mechanical engineering or physics)
   (Ref: NANO-04)
to work in the area of Experimental Nanomechanics and Micromechanics. The selected candidate will work in the study of size effects in the mechanical properties of crystalline materials both experimentally and theoretically. The candidate will use state-of-the-art experimental facilities, such as in-situ mechanical characterization in the electron microscope and nanoindentation. From the simulation viewpoint, the discrete dislocation dynamics and crystal plasticity models will be used to reproduce and anaylize the experimental results. It is envisaged that the research work will lead to obtain a PhD.

Starting date: As soon as the position is filled.
Requirements: Engineering or physics degree with good background in materials science, crystallography and solid mechanics. Experience in these areas as well as programming skills will be recognized. Fluent English (oral and written) is required.
Conditions: Contract with full social security coverage.
Gross Salary: In the range 18000 - 25000 € (depending on qualifications)

Contact: Interested candidates please send your CV indicating the job reference to:

Research Engineer

 A Research Engineer position in developing multiscale-multiphysics computational technologies for composite materials and structures is available immediately at the Multiscale Design Systems, LLC located in New York City. The candidate should hold at least a Master of Science degree in a relevant discipline, such as Mechanical, Aerospace or Civil Engineering. The candidate should have a strong background in multiscale simulations and scientific programming (C, C++, or Fortran). A curriculum vita, including a list of publications, professional experience and two letters of recommendation should be sent by e-mail to

Postdoctoral research associate position

We have an opening for a postdoctoral scholar in the area of computational mechanics. Specific problems of interest include the nonlocal plasticity, molecular dynamics and meshless methods for continuum damage mechanics. Rich experience of C++, X-windows image processing, and Fortran programming (especially parallel processing) is required. Contact: Professor Jung W. Hong at Michigan State University.  Email: jwh@egr dot msu dot edu.

A new postdoc position is available

A new postdoctoral position in continuum mechanics is available at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Candidates should have a strong background in physics and/or theoretical mechanics, as well as experience with analytical and computational methods for solving partial differential equations. Possible projects include the mechanics of frictional sliding, the mechanics of biomaterials, the mechanics of glassy materials and dislocation-mediated plasticity. Highly motivated candidates are requested to send their CV, publications list and statement of research interests to Dr. Eran Bouchbinder

Postdoctoral position in computational materials science/mechanics

At the laboratory of Computational Mechanics and Materials Science at Monash University, we have an opening for a postdoctoral research fellow position starting January 2011 in the general area of computational materials science. The ideal candidate will have PhD in materials science/mechanics/solid state physics or related fields with a strong background in atomistic simulation methods. The topics of interest include graphene and related materials, multiferroic materials, and quatum nanostructures.

Interested candidates should send an email to with the subject titled "Postdoc position" and attach their CV with a list of publications and contact information for three references.

TATA/EPSRC PhD studentship: Modelling of phase separation in steelmaking  Imperial College London - Department of Materials  Duration of Studentship: 42 months   
Applications are invited for a studentship in the field of clean and green steel processing, leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is to conduct research in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London and is supported by an initial bursary of £16,570 (including £3,000 p.a. contributed from TATA steel) and the tuition fees are paid at the home rate only.The project is aimed at exploring a novel method to improve and accelerate the removal of non-metallic inclusions from liquid steels. The inclusions can be solid particles, liquid droplets and gas bubbles. This project will use and further develop the in-house code package to simulate the processing and validate the theoretical concepts and numerical results by experiments.The project is suitable for a student with a background in Materials, Physics, Mathematics or related subject, who can demonstrate the knowledge and motivation to undertake a multidisciplinary based PhD. Applicants should have (or expect to be awarded) an upper second class degree (or equivalent). Students should meet the EPSRC residency criteria to be eligible for this studentship. The position is available from October 2010.For further details of the post contact Dr Rongshan Qin: For assistance with application details please contact Norma Hikel ( The prospectus, entry requirements and application form (under ‘how to apply’) are available at: more information on Departmental research: date for applications: 30 November 2010.




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