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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Postdoctoral position

Postdoctoral position at IMDEA Materiales (Madrid, Spain) in multiscale simulation of plasticity (DDD and crystal plasticity)

to work on a research project in the area of multiscale simulation of the mechanical behavior of materials within the framework of the European project RADINTERFACES. The selected candidate will work in the study of the meso-scale damage of nanoscale metallic multilayers materials, under the supervision of the project leader. Coupling discrete dislocation dynamics and finite element simulations.

Starting date: As soon as the position is filled.
Requirements: PhD in Material Science/Mechanical
Engineering. Experience in programming (Fortran, C++) and
numerical simulation techniques (discrete dislocation dynamics,
finite elements). Fluent English (oral and written)
Contract with full social security coverage.
Gross Salary:
depending on candidate
Contact: Interested candidates please send
your CV indicating the job reference to:



Reliability Engineers Job Positions in Microsoft Hardware

There are many job positions on hardware reliability due to the success of on xbox Kinect. The following is the typical description. Please check out for more.
Reliability Engineer, Senior-IEB-MSCIS (740985) Job

ob Category: Hardware Engineering
Location: WA, Redmond, US
Job ID: 740985-30192
Division: Interactive Entertainment Business

Microsoft is a world leader in the design of entertainment devices. We are looking for a creative, talented and experienced Principal Reliability and Component Engineer. You will be responsible for the design verification and qualification of entertainment devices at the component, sub-system and system levels.
The candidate’s primary responsibility will be the development and implementation of methodologies/techniques to enhance product reliability. The candidate will be required to analyze and test engineering design concepts of electro and opto-mechanical products. He/she will be expected to build reliability into the designs by proposing improvements based on the analyses and test results.
The candidate should possess most (or all) of the following capabilities:
- Understand Physics-of-Failure concepts and be able to develop and implement accelerated tests to mitigate risks and qualify engineering designs during product development.
- Be familiar with using acceleration models for common failure modes in electronic products to estimate field failure rates.
- Capable of applying Design-of-Experiments concepts to develop robust evaluation plans.
- Able to use knowledge of product design and manufacturing to develop Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).
- Knowledge of statistical techniques and models is required to analyze test data and estimate product life cycle performance.
- Understand Finite Element Analysis to evaluate product (mechanical and thermal) functional performance as well as address overstress and fatigue-related durability problems.
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the significance of time to market, risk mitigation, contingency plans and return on investment.
The candidate will be responsible to:
- Interface with manufacturing partners and component suppliers and develop a strategy for product qualification.
- Standardize methodologies and processes for increased effectiveness of qualifications.
- Monitor product performance in the field and will work closely with manufacturing partners and component vendors to drive the necessary failure analysis and drive corrective actions.
- Work with other functional disciplines to develop specifications for discrete components used in PCB assembly.
- Participate in component vendor selection activity and drive component qualification activity for components that are critical and strategic to Microsoft product requirements.
- Use knowledge of process capability for electronic component production as well as system-level performance requirements to establish Critical-to-Quality performance metrics.
This role will require the candidate to engage on multiple products and with multiple cross-functional teams. A strong skill-set covering analysis, problem solving, communication and vendor management is required.
- Masters or Doctoral degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Materials Engineering, Physics, or related field.
- 8+ years of work experience preferred, relevant to the capabilities and responsibilities described above and related to the:
reliability and life estimation of electro-mechanical products
design and execution of accelerated life tests to evaluate product reliability
managing multiple design qualification activities and development schedule
- Proven experience in working with external design and manufacturing partners is a plus.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue
Job Segments: Electrical, Electrical Engineering, Engineer, Engineering, Hardware Engineer, Management, Manufacturing Engineer, Materials Engineer, Physics, PLM, Product Development, Research, Science, Scientific, Test Engineer

Two post-doctoral fellowships : Automated damage localization systems for civil engineering structures: application to cracking

Project description: The goal of vibration based structural health monitoring (SHM) is to replace costly inspection campaigns by real-time instrumentation and automated data processing in order to estimate the current state of health and the remaining lifetime of structures. For damage detection, automated data-based methods using adequate statistical techniques have been developed recently. This project deals with the next level of SHM which is damage localization and focuses on the problem of cracking in prestressed concrete. The challenge is to design a data-based damage localization system based on output-only ambient vibrations. The main ingredients of the proposed method are: (i) the use of very large strain sensor networks, (ii) the development of automated and efficient data processing methods based on local spatial filters or several layers of spatio-temporal filters, and (iii) alarm triggering techniques based on unsupervised learning methods. The major innovation in this project is the use of advanced computational techniques for the creation of a large data set of virtual campaigns which are used for the design and optimization of the SHM system. In addition to these virtual campaigns, experimental developments are also foreseen, with a specific emphasis on the evaluation of different techniques for dynamic strain measurements.

Job environment: The project will be developed in the BATir (Building, Architecture and Town Planning) group of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). BATir is a joint laboratory between 4 research groups: Structural and Material Computational Mechanics, Civil Engineering and Geotechnics, Architecture, and Town planning. This association aims at creating a multidisciplinary research entity dedicated to every aspect of the art of building. In particular, this project will rely on the availability of large testing facilities (1700 square meters) and powerfull computational resources (numerous in-house and commercial finite element softwares).
Job description : Two post-doctoral positions are open for a period running from January 1st 2011 to December 31 2012.
Elligibility : The candidates should hold a PhD in Mechanical or Civil engineering and should not have been working previously in Belgium. For the first position, experience in numerical modeling preferably in the field of non-linear mechanics or vibrations is necessary. For the second position, experience in experimental vibration testing and instrumentation is required.
Application. Interested candidates should send the following documents electronically to Prof. Arnaud Deraemaeker ( together with an accompanying letter:
- Detailed CV containing the list of publications
- Copy of the PhD manuscript and PhD certificate
- Two letters of support 

Two In-Situ TEM Post-doc Openings at Sandia National Labs

 We currently have two open post-doc positions in our group here at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque. We're currently looking for post-docs with a strong TEM background to support two staff members.  The first posting seeks a post-doc for the development of in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques and investigations into the microstructural evolution resulting from thermal processing and irradiation damage in a variety of systems. The second posting seeks a post-doc to support two projets: one using in-situ straining experiments to study deformation mechanisms in metals, and another using a new in-situ TEM gas cell stage to study environmental degradation mechanisms in Zr-alloys. Full details of the postings are attached. Any interested applicants should either contact us directly at or, or submit their CV through the website under the job IDs #636635 or #636655.


Nanoscale Polymer Mechanics - Postdoctoral Position, Trinity College Dublin

 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the CRANN Nanotechnology Institute, Dublin, Ireland - Available immediately:  A postdoctoral position in the area of nanoscale polymer mechanics for mechanical nanostructure forming and nanoimprint of soft condensed matter and glass forming systems.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing several projects in areas such as fundamental studiesof soft matter (polymer) deformation, mechanically directed self assembly, stress state influence on transport in planar devices, and investigations of surface force and pattern influence on the transport, orientation, and sorting of nanoscale objects.   Laboratory work will include implementing nanoindenter actuation feedback and thermal instrumentation,and developing novel forming techniques with a unique three dimensional nanoindentation system.

The Cross group laboratory includes variable temperature nanoindentation and instrumented imprint, three nanoimprint platforms, atomic force microscopy, as well as full access to the CRANN Nanoscience Institute.  This is a state-of-the-art facility located at the downtown Trinity College campus in Dublin.  It includes an advanced microscopy facility (TEM, super SEM, He ion, electron beam lithography, 2 x dualbeam FIB) and extensive nanofabrication cleanrooms.   Collaboration with other research groupswithin CRANN ( is an essential part of this position.

Experience in nanomechanics techniques including nanoindentation will normally be required.   Candidates should have a Ph. D. in condensed matter physics or related engineering field.  Demonstrated research accomplishment in at least one of polymer physics, material mechanics, ortribology is required.  Experience in nanolithgraphical processing including focused ion beam milling, electron beam lithographic processing and/or nanoimprint is highly desirable.   The position has one year tenure with possibility for renewal. 

Interested applicants should send a detailed CV with a list of publications to

Dr. Graham Cross
NOTE:  Please use the following email subject line: *SFI 2011*

School of Physics and CRANN
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 896 3024

Ph.D and Postdoctoral associate positions available at Rice University


Ph.D and postdoctoral associate positions are available at Rice University in the broad area of atomistic, molecular and multiscale modeling of cement-based materials. The projects include carrying out bottom-up atomistic and microtexture predictive simulations. Computational techniques will be integrated to approaches from statistical mechanics and physical chemistry to provide quantitative predictions of microstructure and properties of cementitious materials across different time- and length-scales. The research will be carried out at Rice University's Laboratory for Multiscale Materials Modeling.
For the Post-doctoral position, a Ph.D. in materials science, chemistry, physics, engineering or a related field is required. The candidate should have well-developed computational skills, a strong background and interest in materials modeling and simulation, preferably experience in the areas of atomistic and molecular modeling. Good written and spoken communication skills are expected. 

To apply, please send a CV, several representative publications, and contact information of three references to Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The Post-doctoral position will start around summer 2011 and will be continued for up to two years. For any questions, please contact Rouzbeh Shahsavari:
Rouzbeh Shahsavari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Principal Investigator, Laboratory for Multiscale Materials Modeling
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rice University, Houston, TX.

Research associate position at University of Sheffield

The successful candidate will work on the EPSRC funded research project 'Ultimate and permissible limit state behaviour of soil-filled masonry arch bridges', which is being undertaken in collaboration with the University of Salford and various industrial partners (Network Rail, ADEPT, the International Union of Railways and Balfour Beatty Rail). This is an exciting opportunity to help develop the next generation of analysis and assessment techniques for masonry arch bridges, thus helping to ensure a sustainable future for structures that continue to form a vitally important part of the rail and regional road networks of the UK and other countries.

The successful candidate will develop novel detailed direct analysis models of the soil-structure interactions which take place in a soil-filled masonry arch bridge, extending the scope of conventional limit analysis models. Mathematical optimisation techniques will be used to obtain solutions, and a key challenge will be to then use such techniques to robustly and automatically identify appropriate model parameters from a large body of laboratory test data (which will include Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) data derived from digital images, to be collected by other project researchers). While the approach will be developed in the context of masonry arch bridges, this is an opportunity to develop new techniques of much broader applicability. 

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or have equivalent experience) in an engineering, mathematics or physical sciences discipline, and should have experience in one or more of the following areas: mathematical optimization, computational limit analysis, the use of system / parameter identification and/or inverse methods, geotechnical modelling, structural analysis. You will also be highly computer literate, and should have proven programming skills. Due to the nature of the tasks involved it is expected that the post-holder will be a member of the Computational Mechanics and Design Research Group, and an Associate Member of the Geotechnical Engineering Group. 

To apply for this job please click here and search for the job using the reference number provided or to view current vacancies and apply online please go to:

Research Position in Computational Mechanics at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA

Job Details

A full-time position is available at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California for an applied mechanics engineer with a strong background in computational solid mechanics, numerical methods and constitutive model development.

The work will support our current projects in the areas of environmental effects, continuum plasticity, and the micromechanics of failure. The engineer will be expected to develop and implement advanced models into both open-source research and proprietary production computer codes for  high-performance computing simulations. In addition, the successful candidate will collaborate with structural analysts to apply these models to Sandia applications.


A PhD in applied mechanics or a related field is required for this position. Candidates must have significant experience in the numerical aspects of the finite element method and constitutive model development.
The following qualifications are also required: (1) strong communication skills; (2) the ability to function in a team environment with other developers, analysts, and department customers; (3) the demonstrated ability to publish in technical journals; and (4) proficient programming skills.


Desired qualifications include (1) knowledge of materials science; (2) experience in modifying the fundamental components of the finite element method in computer codes; (3) a background in applied mathematics and numerical analysis; and (4) proficiency in C++ programming.

Department Description

The Mechanics of Materials Department (8246) performs experimental and analytical studies to understand the mechanical behavior of materials. Our experimental work covers the entire discovery-characterization-validation spectrum. Motivated by observations, we develop models to simulate material responses under various loading and environmental conditions.

The fidelity of our models and simulations varies from atomic to continuum scales. Our experimental capabilities include characterizing materials over a wide range of temperatures and strain rates, developing micro- and nanoscale strain and displacement diagnostics, and testing subsystems to support model validations. In addition, we develop numerical methodologies so that our material models can be implemented in high-performance computing simulations.

More Information and How to Apply

Go to the Sandia Careers web site and search for Job ID 636444 at this URL:

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Multiple one-year Postdoctoral appointments in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Temple University, are available immediately with possibility for annual renewal up to three years.

Salary and benefits are competitive, with compensation commensurate with experience.
This position will assist an interdisciplinary research team working on the design of smart materials for biomedical applications. The applicant is expected to have a strong and documented background in several of the following areas: smart materials (preferably nitinol), finite element, mechanical design, and controls. A Ph.D. in Mechanical/Aerospace/Bio/Materials engineering is required. 

Qualified applicants should submit ALL of the following by e-mail to Dr. Parsaoran Hutapea, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
• a single-page statement of interest
• a curriculum vitae including a publications list
• pdf files of three publications
• names and contact information for three references

For more details of the project, please contact Dr. Hutapea by email only.

EEO/AA Policy: 
Temple University is an equal-opportunity employer, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and it pledges not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, marital status or veteran status.

Three Postdoctoral positions at the University of Oxford: Brain modelling, soft-tissues, and water filtration

The Mathematical Institute at Oxford is advertising three post-doctoral positions within the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics for(ideally) a 1st April 2011 start. The project titles (with links for more information) are:

1. Brain Mechanics, Cortex Folding, and Pattern Formation in Growing Tissues.

This project will be supervised by Dr. Sarah Waters, Dr. Dominic Vella, and myself at Oxford, in close collaboration with Prof. Tamer El-Sayed and Prof. Sahraoui Chaieb from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
I am particularly interested in candidates with a solid background in computational solid mechanics and applied mathematics. 

2. A framework for hybrid discrete/continuous multiscale modelling of biological tissues

3. Mathematical Modelling of Membrane Filtration of Water

The successful candidate will join, OCCAM a well-funded and dynamic research centre in Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford.  

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