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PhD positions on the mechanics of living epithelial materials in Barcelona

We are looking for highly motivated and creative PhD researchers to study the mechanical organization of epithelial cells and tissues through theory, computations and tight interaction with experimental collaborators, and to use this understanding to a precisely control tissue structure, mechanical properties, and dynamics. The ultimate goal is to predict the behavior of living matter, manipulate it, and use it to engineer new bio-inspired technologies. If selected, you will work in a highly interdisciplinary environment, in an expanding group headed by Prof.

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PhD position on the mechanics of living epithelial materials in Barcelona

We are seeking applications for a PhD position at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech, Spain. The applicant will develop mathematical models, perform numerical simulations, and closely interact with experimental collaborators to quantitatively understand various aspects of single cells and epithelial tissues, pertinent to mechanobiology and to the mechanics of living materials.

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Fracking in living tissues caused by poroelasticity

"Hydraulic fracture during epithelial stretching"

I hope some of you may find this work interesting:


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PhD positions at the UPC-BarcelonaTech in Computational Mechanics/Numerical Analysis

Six PhD positions are available at the Laboratory of Computational Methods and Numerical Analysis ( of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech ( in Spain.

The four-year PhD fellowships cover the full tuition, a monthly stipend, and health insurance.

Details about the different positions can be found at

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Assistant professor positions in Computational Mechanics in Barcelona

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, ) opens tenure-track assistant professor positions in Computational Mechanics. Please follow this link for more information.

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Postdoc positions in Barcelona: modeling and simulation in biophysics

We have several postdoctoral positions open, funded by an European Research Council Starting Grant. We look for candidates with a PhD in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or
Applied/Computational Mathematics. In addition to excellent communication skills, initiative and an inclination for inter-disciplinary research, experience or interest in preferably more than two of the following areas is required:

  1. Computer simulations (continuum and/or atomistic methods), programming

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Multiwalled carbon nanotubes: the thicker, the softer

I. Arias and M. Arroyo, Size-Dependent Nonlinear Elastic Scaling of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 085503 (2008).

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Two four-year doctoral fellowships at the LaCàN Research group (, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, Barcelona, Spain).

These two fellowships, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education ("beca FPI"), coverfull tuition, a monthly stipend and provide funds for short international research stays. The starting date is expected in the Summer-Fall 2008.

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Rippling and a phase-transforming mesoscopic model for multiwalled carbon nanotubes

Dear colleagues, 

I would like to share the following paper, in press in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. It can be found at the publisher's web at

 A preprint is also attached below.


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Maximum-Entropy approximants Matlab routines

Dear iMechanica colleagues,

I would like to announce that Matlab routines implementing the maximum-entropy approximation schemes presented in

Marino Arroyo and Michael Ortiz, “Local maximum-entropy approximation schemes: a seamless bridge between finite elements and meshfree methods”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 65:2167–2202 (2006).

can be downloaded from

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