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Two PhD positions for Computational Materials and/or Computational Mechanics

Mississippi State University, Mechanical Engineering department is seeking outstanding candidates for the project “Theoretical Understanding of Porosity-Induced Mechanisms during Solidification of Cast Alloys and their Influence on Process-Structure-Property Correlations”, which is funded by a NSF grant.

There are two PhD openings for the project starting from spring 2018 or summer 2018, at the latest Fall 2018. One PhD student will be working on the phase-field modelling of porosity nucleation, growth and migration during cast solidification. The other one will be focusing on the establishment of a multiscale computational framework to achieve theoretical understanding on process-structure-property-performance relations of cast alloys.

The Mechanical Engineering department has strong ties with the High Performance Computing Collaboratory (, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems ( and the Energy Institute ( The computing facilities located at HPC² are consistently ranked in the top 20 academic supercomputing centers in the Nation. The CAVS research center has fully equipped laboratories to allow material processing (e.g., cast, welding and additive manufacturing), materials/microstructure characterization, and properties testing. PhD students involved in this project have the key card access to the laboratories, resources and facilities. There are also numerous opportunities of collaboration and discussion with the computational and experimental scientists at CAVS and HPC²for the PhD students involved in this project. 

The successful candidate should have a BS or MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Aerospace Engineering, or any relevant fields, with outstanding academic records. We particularly prefer the candidates of strong background in computational materials and computational mechanics with rich programming experience (using C++, C or Fortran). Full financial support will be provided with competitive stipends and benefits. We strive to provide a stimulating, interdisciplinary environment with exciting research topics and excellent colleagues where the candidates can be trained to become outstanding independent researchers, with sufficient freedom to explore their own ideas while working on well-designed projects.

Candidates interested in the positions are encouraged to contact Dr. Yucheng Liu at​. Dr. Lei Chen at, and Dr. Mark Horstemeyer at with the current CV and the contact information of at least two references.

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