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PhD positions in mechanics of metamaterials at the University of Minnesota

PhD positions are available in the group of Prof. Stefano Gonella at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. ( The positions are in the area of wave mechanics of advanced materials, with focus on elastic and acoustic metamaterials, tunability and nonlinearity. Current topics of interest include:

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2014 Drucker Medal paper published in JAM

The 2014 Drucker Medal paper by Professor Lallit Anand (MIT) is published in the November, 2015 issue of JAM.  The paper is attached.


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Beyond Crystals: Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking of Lattice Materials

The point group symmetry of materials is closely related to their physical properties and quite important for material modelling. However, superlattice materials have more complex symmetry conditions than crystals due to their multilevel structural feature. Thus, a theoretical framework is proposed to characterize and determine the point group symmetry of non-magnetic superlattice materials systematically. A variety of examples are presented to show the symmetry features of superlattice materials in different dimensions and scales.

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PhD/Postdoctoral Positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago

PhD/Postdoctoral Positions in the areas of computational mechanics and/or soft tissue biomechanics are available in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Overall, we look for candidates with strong background in experimental and/or numerical methods, excellent programming skills, and experience with high performance computing.

More information can be found at

PhD student in Numerical modelling of fretting fatigue crack propagation

PhD student in Numerical modelling of fretting fatigue crack propagation

  • Last application date: 1st of February 2016 

  • Department: Soete Laboratory

  • Contract type: Limited duration (4 years)

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Constitutive Modeling of Soft Materials: Wormlike Micelles

Self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules into various supramolecular nano-structural aggregates has drawn the attention of chemists, physicists, and engineers in recent decades.

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Fracture toughening and toughness asymmetry induced by flexoelectricity

Cracks generate the largest strain gradients that any material can withstand. Flexoelectricity (coupling between strain gradient and polarization) must therefore play an important role in fracture physics. Here we use a self-consistent continuum model to evidence two consequences of flexoelectricity in fracture: the resistance to fracture increases as structural size decreases, and it becomes asymmetric with respect to the sign of polarization. The latter phenomenon manifests itself in a range of intermediate sizes where piezo- and flexoelectricity compete.

Stanford ME Dept - Faculty Position

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the junior level (Assistant or untenured Associate Professor). Applications will be reviewed across all disciplines of mechanical engineering. As part of recent strategic planning, the department has identified special hiring needs and opportunities in controls, robotics, manufacturing, and biomedical engineering.

PhD vacancy (4 years) on the ultrasonic polar scan method for non-destructive testing of composites @ Ghent University (Belgium)

Non-destructive testing (NDT) refers to techniques that are used in the life-cycle of a structural component to investigate their quality, functionality and 'health' without destroying the object, nor affecting its properties. The continuous development of more advanced materials, like fiber reinforced plastics, requires new and more sophisticated NDT techniques. One such an innovative NDT technique is the Ultrasonic Polar Scan (UPS) which has recently been developed, both experimentally and numerically, in our research group.

PhD vacancy (4 years) on multi-scale fatigue damage modelling of unidirectional fibre-reinforced composites @ Ghent University (Belgium)

The core idea of this fundamental research project is to develop a consistent multi-scale modelling framework for fatigue damage in unidirectionally reinforced composites. Three scales are distinguished: (i) the micro-scale, where individual fibre filaments are arranged in a polymer matrix.

PhD positions at UBC, Vancouver

Applications are sought from very strong and motivated gradaute students intending to puruse PhD studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC, Vancouver, Canada. The areas of immeidate interest are (a) Elastodynamics of lattice materials and phononic crystals, (b) mechanics of nanomaterials and   (c) Friction induced  nonlinear vibrations. Please see for full description and recent publications from our group.

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Mechanics of Additively Manufactured Biomaterials and Implants: Special issue of J Mech Behav Biomed Mater

Additive manufacturing (AM) has emerged as a powerful technique for manufacturing of various types of biomaterials and implants. Using AM, it is now possible to fabricate biomaterials with arbitrarily complex shapes at different scales. The inventory of biomaterials that can be used in this way continues to increase, extending the possible range of products and applications.

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Call for abstract for APS March 2016 Focus Session Physics of Bioinspired Materials, Deadline November 6 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The upcoming APS March Meeting 2016 will take place at Baltimore, MD during March 14-18 2016. Here, we would like to invite you to contribute to a focus session called “Physics of Bioinspired Materials”.  

Session title: 2.1.3 (same as 4.1.17) Physics of Bioinspired Materials (GSOFT/DBIO)


Postdoc Fellow Position about Energy Design at Virginia Tech

A postdoc position is available immediately for an externally funded project on ocean wave energy in the department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech. The objective is to develop and test a novel mechanical solution for converting ocean wave energy into electricity.

Shape Bifurcation of a Spherical Dielectric Elastomer Balloon under the Actions of Internal Pressure and Electric Voltage

Under the actions of internal pressure and electric voltage, a spherical dielectric elastomer balloon usually keeps a sphere during its deformation, which has also been assumed in many previous studies. In this article, using linear perturbation analysis, we demonstrate that a spherical dielectric elastomer balloon may bifurcate to a nonspherical shape under certain electromechanical loading conditions.

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Two-year Postdoctoral position on stochastic multi-scale methods

A reliable numerical model is crucial for the design and analysis of modern dynamic engineering systems such as automobiles, helicopters and aircrafts. Uncertainties should be taken into account for credible predictions of quantities of engineering interest of such systems (such as internal stresses, vibration levels). Uncertainties in complex systems include (a) parametric uncertainty (e.g.

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EML Special Issue on 3D Assembly by Cutting, Bending and Folding

EML Special Issue on 3D Assembly by Cutting, Bending and Folding

When patterned with different materials, gradients or cut-outs, thin structures such as sheets and rods can bend or fold either spontaneously or by actuation in response to a force or stimulus to form a pre-designed three dimensional structure. This special issue addresses the design and mechanics of these structures with a special emphasis on programmability and non-linearity.  

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position – Laminated Composite Fatigue Prediction and Uncertainty Quantification

<p>Applications are sought for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in the Aerospace Engineering Department at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA to work on development of numerical methods for multiscale modelling and uncertainty quantification of fatigue damage and life prediction in fibre reinforced polymer matrix laminated composites. The position is for a period of six months, with possibility for annual renewal for up to two year. The position is available for an immediate start.

Job Opening - Stanford EE Dept - Faculty Position

The Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the junior level (Assistant or untenured Associate Professor) in the broadly defined field of electrical and computer engineering. The department is especially interested in candidates in computer architecture, embedded systems, autonomous systems, and energy systems.

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Acta Mechanica Sinica (Volume 31, Issue 4, 2015 ) is online now !

Dear everyone!

The fourth issue in 2015 (Volume 31, Issue 4) of Acta Mechanica Sinica (AMS) is online now, including special issue articles on 30th anniversary .

Welcome to this SCI-indexed journal for rapid publication of your exciting results.


A PhD student position on wave propagation analyses and inverse problems.

A PhD student position is available in Department of Civil Engineering, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC from Spring 2015.

PhD Research Topics: mathematical/numerical modeling in the following areas:

- Structural dynamics and wave propagation analyses

- Inverse problems in science and engineering 

 For more information, contact:

 Jeong at cua dot edu 


Chanseok Jeong, PhD., Assistant Professor,

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PhD scholarship in experimental and modelling study of the composite pultrusion process for manufacturing of pre-fabricated elements for wind turbine blades

The Section for Composites and Materials Mechanics, DTU Wind Energy, is seeking a PhD student for an experimental and modelling study of the composite pultrusion process for manufacturing of pre-fabricated elements for wind turbine blades. The PhD scholarship is part of the OPTI_MADE_BLADE project funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark. The project targets the development of design and manufacturing solutions for large (>70m) offshore wind turbine blades.

 In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

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The surface-forming energy release rate based fracture criterion for elastic-plastic crack propagation and interpretation on paradox of Rice

The J-integral based criterion is widely used in elastic-plastic fracture mechanics. However, it is not rigorously applicable when plastic unloading appears during crack propagation. One difficulty is that the energy density with plastic unloading in the J-integral cannot be defined unambiguously.


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