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Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Ph.D. Research Position in Mechanical Engineering (Composites/Smart Materials)

Ph.D. research assistantship is available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Qualified applicants should contact Dr. Parsaoran Hutapea (Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering) by email at

Postdoctoral position in micromechanics of composites at Risø National Laboratory, Technical University of Denmark

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral position in the framework of a research project "High reliability of large wind turbines via computational micromechanics based enhancement of materials performances" at the Risoe DTU.
JOB DESCRIPTION: As a postdoc, you will carry out numerical micromechanical modelling of strength, damage and fatigue processes in fiber reinforced UD polymer composites, hybrid composites and nanocomposites. The theme of the project is the numerical analysis of the effect of microstructures of various groups of composites on their fatigue resistance and lifetime, and computational design of microstructures of new composite materials for wind energy applications.

QUALIFICATIONS: You are expected to have a PhD. degree in materials science, applied mechanics, mechanical engineering or related disciplines, and have an experience or good knowledge of mechanics of composite materials, damage mechanics, computational micromechanics, finite element simulations (preferably, ABAQUS and PATRAN) as well as programming in a higher-level language (C, Fortran, Python). Knowledge and experience in multiscale modelling and fatigue simulations will be advantageous.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: You will be employed in accordance with the terms valid for scientific staff at Risø DTU. The period of employment is 2 years, with the possibility of 1 year extension. The start of work is before October 1st, 2011 (earlier date is also possible).

APPLICATION: If you are interested in the position, you should send your application (in English), including CV, list of publications, statement of interest, as well as reference letters or names of referees to Leon Mishnaevsky Jr., Senior Scientist, Dr. habil., Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark. Email: Applications are invited as soon as possible, and should be sent before March 1st, 2011.

FURTHER INFORMATION: You are welcome to contact Senior Scientist, Dr. habil. Leon Mishnaevsky Jr. (Email: You can read more about Risø DTU at:

Research Associate Opening at The British University in Egypt 

The Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) at the British University in Egypt (BUE) has an opening for full time Research Associate to fill immediately. BUE is located in El-Shorouk City, 30 km east of Cairo and provides a UK work environment. Information about BUE and CAM can be found at and

Description: To work on aproject related to modeling of composite materials and structures. The project focuses on micromechanics, multifunctional constituents and finite element implementation of developed models.

Requirements: Ph.D. in engineering, training in mechanics of composite materials and finite element analysis. Knowledge of commercial finite element codes, preferably ABAQUS, and programming in FORTRAN.
Applying: Send complete CV and a statement of research experience to, referencing this job title in the subject line.

Reviewof candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoc position at Michigan State Univ on composite materials

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work on the characterization and modeling of mechanical behavior of composite materials. The position is available immediately. The candidates with a Ph.D. in Solid Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science and experience in mechanical testing and analysis of composite materials are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should send application materials through email. The application package requires a CV, a summary of research interests and skills, three representative publications, and the names and full contact information of three references Contact: Xinran Xiao, Associate Professor, Composite Vehicle Research Center, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, Tel: (517) 884-1606, E-mail:

IRCSET Embark PhD Scholarships 2011

The Irish Research Council for Science, Enginneering and Technology (IRCSET) has recently opened its EMBARK Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2011  - please see Deadline for submitting applications is 16 February 2011. 
An applicant must first contact her/his provisional supervisor at the Irish University, to discuss her/his eligibility (primarily judged based upon student's record and CV). Then, a brief research plan should be prepared with the help of the provisional supervisor - in addition, a personal statement must be prepared by the applicant. This programme is primarily aimed at EU-candidates - all non-EU candidates should contact an IRCSET representative to discuss their eligibility.  

All research areas are considered.   

EU applicants interested in submitting applications in the field of Multiscale Computational Mechanics of Materials, and carrying out their PhD studies at the University of Limerick can contact (but not later than 31 January).  

PhD Positions in Elastic Metamaterials at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The group of Advanced Materials and Ultrasonic Wave Lab at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is seeking one highly motivated candidate for Ph.D. positions. The appointment is starting on August 2011 or January 2012. The research topics involve dynamic modeling, elastic wave propagation, experimental design and analysis of the multifunctional metamaterials with complex microstructures.A M.S. or equivalent degree in solid mechanics, wave propagation, or material science is needed.  Talented applicants with a B.S. degree in the above field will also be considered.Interested applicants are welcome to send a resume to Dr. Guoliang Huang ( at The application will be accepted immediately until the position is filled.

Post-doc U. Pittsburgh: Biomechanics of papillae expression in cephalopods

A post-doctoral position is available in the lab of Sachin Velankar in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh to conduct experimental research on the biomechanics of papillae formation in cephalopods (octopus or cuttlefish).  These animals are famous for their camouflage abilities.  Like many other animals, cephalopods can change their color, but in addition, they can also change the texture of their skin by expressing protuberances called papillae (see images attached).  This research aims to elucidate the biomechanics of papillae expression and devise biomimetic synthetic papillae.
A portion of this research - in collaboration with Prof. Roger Hanlon of Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA - will involve measuring mechanical properties of cephalopod tissues.  Accordingly, experimental expertise with structural and mechanical characterization of tissues, and background knowledge of tissue mechanics is critical. 
A portion of the work will fabricate synthetic papillae using synthetic soft materials such as elastomers, and smart materials such as shape memory alloys or electroactive  polymers.  Experience with such materials is desirable although not critical.
This fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. Air Force.  The post-doctoral fellow will have substantial independence in pursuing his/her own research ideas, and this fellowship would be an excellent platform to launch their own independent career.  This project also offers opportunities to collaborate with an expert on numerical simulation. A commitment of roughly 1.5 years is expected, although a somewhat shorter or longer period can be considered.
Interested candidates should email
Sachin Velankar
Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
PA 15261 USA
Ph. 412-624-9984
Fax 412-624-9639

Postdoctoral Research Associate Positionon Acoustic Metamaterials

The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Kansas State University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position. The primary responsibility of the position is to conduct research on sonic crystals and acoustic metamaterials. The position is supported by an externally funded project by the federal government. The position is temporary appointment initially set for one year, and renewable contingent upon the performance and funding availability.  The expected starting date is January 15, 2011. Required qualifications include: an earned Ph.D. in related fields such as applied mechanics, mechanical engineering, physics, and applied mathematics. Preferred skills include: familiarity with wave dynamics of various mechanical waves such as acoustic and elastic waves, multi-physics finite element analysis tools and procedures, and numerical computations that involving programming with high-level programming languages such as C++. The project also involves international collaborations, thus it is also preferred that the applicant would be able to obtain visa for short visits to collaborating institution in Europe without trouble. To apply, please send the complete CV, a list of at least 3 reference, and sample publications to The screening will start on January 1, 2011 until the position is filled.

Post-doc in micromechanical testing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

an immediate opening for a post-doctoral candidate in the area of micromechanical testing within the Mechanical Properties and Mechanics group at ORNL.  Please see the attached file for further details.  If you are interested in the position, please apply online at:
For questions, please contact Amit Shyam ( or Edgar Lara-Curzio (
Thank you,
Amit Shyam
R & D Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PhD and Postdoctoral Associate Positions in Cardivascular Mechanobiology at University of Connecticut

The Tissue Mechanics Laboratory (TML) in the Biomedical Engineering Program and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut is seeking one graduate student and one postdoctoral associate to pursue research in the fields of cardiovascular mechanics and mechanobiology.
The Tissue Mechanics Laboratory collaborates with cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to improve cardiovascular disease treatment through biomechanical analysis and design of interventional bioprosthesis. Current projects involve transcatheter valve intervention and aortic aneurysm/dissection. More information about TML can be found at

Ideal applicants should have a BS degree in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, or related disciplines. Experience with soft tissue testing and software including Abaqus, STAR-CCM+, Mimics and MATLAB is preferred. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their CV, and the names and contact information of three references electronically to Dr. Wei Sun,

Siemens US Intern Opportunity in Fracture Mechanics

Siemens Corporate Research (SCR), a division of Siemens Corporation, located in Princeton, New Jersey (USA) is Siemens' largest research center outside of Europe. SCR excels in transferring academic research into innovative products, and works in close collaboration with clinical and industrial partners. With more than 250 scientists, engineers, and technical experts, the company helps its customers and strategic partners grow their businesses in the fields of healthcare, automation, production, energy, industry, information and communications.

SCR has an immediate student internship opening in the area of fracture mechanics with a focus on discovering and realizing innovative solutions to estimating the life expectation of generator rotors. A PhD or MS student with R&D experience is preferred. The duration of internship is preferably 6-12 months. According to the progress, paper publications will be submitted and patents will be filed.

The ideal candidate will have a strong theoretical background on mechanics (in particular fracture mechanics), the awareness of the state-of-the-art, and the ability to translate the theory into working solutions using C/C++ and Fortran. He/she should have excellent oral and written communication skills and result-oriented attitude.
Both American students and international students can apply. An international student will receive J1 visa. 
If interested, please forward your resume to Jingdan Zhang (jingdan.zhang at 

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