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Multiple Ph.D. Positions in Mechanics of Soft Materials at Michigan State University
The recently founded Group of Appleid mechanics in Enviormental & Civil Engineering Department at Michigan State University has a few openings for PhD positions to work on Multiscale Modeling of Soft Materials starting Fall 2014.
One research direction is modeling of bio-materials, with combined theoretical and experimental efforts. Highly Stretchable/Flexible gels combines the properties of the water based gels as a scaffold for tissue regenration and mechanical properties of a polymer based composites, and thus do have a very broad biological applications. Examples range from surgical and diagnostic layers that layed over the human skin to accelerate the healing procedure to replacement tissues.
Another one is mechanics of nano-composites, to study the hysteresis and deformation of aggregated nano-structures in colloidal composites to predict the macro-scale behaviour of the composites. This project will utilize both analytical and numerical methods to reveal the fundamental mechanics and physics in nano-aggregated composites.
Required qualifications for the positions are as follow
1. A M.Sc. or equivalent degree in Mechanics, Civil, Material or related engineering disciplines.
2. Strong background in Solid & Computational Mechanics; Constitutive Modeling, Finite element.
3. Proficiency in Fortran, Maple, and, preferably, Ansys or Abaqus.
4. English Proficiency
Prior experience in multiscale modeling, parallel computing, and large scale computation is a plus.
The position is available starting immediately until filled.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, CV, representative publications (if any) and names and contact information for two references to:
Dr. Rouzbeh Dargzany (roozbeh at mit.edu)