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Ph.D. positions in mechanics of materials and advanced manufacturing at the University of Missouri-Columbia

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Ph.D. Positions

Two Ph.D. positions supported by graduate research assistantship are available in the mechanics, materials, and advanced manufacturing (M3) research lab in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). Interested areas are: (1) Mechanics of deformation and fracture in advanced materials such as high-performance battery materials; (2) Design and manufacturing of 3D flexible, stretchable architectures and electronics; and (3) Soft materials and systems.

 Qualifications:

·          A bachelor’s degree in Engineering Mechanics, Civil Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related area.

·          A M.S. degree with project experience and publications is a plus. 

Start date: Available immediately, open until filled.

About the research group:

The mission of the M3 lab at MU is to address grand challenges in the global distribution of energy and human health by conducting fundamental mechanics, materials and structures research. More specifically, the lab will focus on the following three areas: (1) Mechanics and materials for next-generation, high-performance batteries; (2) Design and manufacturing of 3D flexible, stretchable architectures and electronics; and (3) Soft materials and systems. Our research is highly multidisciplinary and lies at the intersection of mechanics, materials, electronics and chemistry. Students who have background and are interested in any of those related areas are welcome.

About the PI:

The M3 lab is led by Dr. Xueju “Sophie” Wang, an Assistant Professor in MAE at Mizzou. Prior to joining Mizzou, she was a postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. John A. Rogers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics at Northwestern University. She obtained her Master and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016. Dr. Wang’s work has been published in high-profile journals such as Nature Communications and Nano Letters, and has been reported by many press releases including ScienceDaily, Science360, Phys.org, R&D Magazine, and Nanotechnology Now. In addition, she has received numerous awards including Gary Cloud Scholarship from the Society for Experimental Mechanics. Please refer to our website

https://www.wangresearchlab.com/for more information.

About the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU):

The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system and was established in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. MU is one of the nation's top-tier R1 institutions by US News and a RU/VH (Research University with very high research activity) by Carnegie Foundation. It is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), composed of 62 leading universities in the North America. The University of Missouri Research Reactor Center is the world's most powerful university research reactor. MU is one of the six public universities in the U.S. with medicine, veterinary medicine, and law all on one campus. It is located in Columbia, which has consistently been ranked by Money magazine as one of the nation’s top places to live because of its excellent quality of life. It is 2 hour-drive to Saint Louis and Kansas cities which are metropolitan areas.

Interested candidates should send a CV and the contact information of three professional references to Dr. Xueju “Sophie” Wang at wangxueju@missouri.edu.

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