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Two postdocs and two PhDs at UC San Diego and Cardiff University (UK)

Applications are sought for one Post-Doctoral Researcher at University of California, San Diego (USA) and one Post-Doctoral Researcher at Cardiff University (UK) and two PhDs (Cardiff) to join a very active cross-continental M2DO research lab. The primary research focus is to develop topology optimization for multiscale and multiphysics problems optimizing materials and structures. The research members are required to travel between US and UK regardless of their bases.  

Postdoctoral Associate

The University of Notre Dame, Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM), is seeking a highly qualified candidate for the postdoctoral associate position in the area of computational mechanics/physics with emphasis on chemically reactive solids. C-SWARM is center of excellence established by National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) whose primary focus is on the emerging field of predictive science.

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A new review article on stretchable and reconfigurable electronics

Muhammad Hussain leads a dynamic group at KAUST working on the development of stretchable and reconfigurable electronics.  He came to the field with a background of semiconductors.  Last year he gave an Applied Mechanics Colloquium at Harvard.  Students and faculty were all deeply impressed by the creativity and range of his work.

PhD studentship available at Imperial College London –UK students only

Applicants are invited for a 4-year PhD position within the Mechanical Engineering Department to start Oct 2016.

The project will be focused on computational modelling of particulate composites for the defence sector, dealing with non-linear materials and developing interfacial models. The project is fully funded (includes bursary and fees) by an ESPRC CASE award and the student will be expected to spend a portion of the studentship with the industrial collaborators.

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Research position (E 13 TV – TU Darmstadt), Doctoral Candidate

Research position (E 13 TV – TU Darmstadt), Doctoral Candidate

The Mechanics of functional materials Division is offering a position for a Doctoral candiate starting as soon as possible. The position is scheduled for three years.

Tasks and opportunities

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Funded PhD studentship: Modelling of Fibroblast Mechanobiology

Supervisor: PN Watton, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield.

Co-supervisors: Prof Ray Ogden, School of Mathematics and Statistics & Dr Huabing Yin, Bioengineering, University of Glasgow

We are seeking applications from motivated mathematics, science or engineering graduates with strong mathematical/computational modelling skills interested in studying for a Ph.D. in an exciting interdisciplinary environment.

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Intrinsic stress mitigation via elastic softening during two-step electrochemical lithiation of amorphous silicon

Zheng Jia, Teng Li, Intrinsic stress mitigation via elastic softening during two-step electrochemical lithiation of amorphous silicon, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 91, 278–290, (2016) (DOI:10.1016/j.jmps.2016.03.014)



Harnessing atomistic simulations to predict the rate at which dislocations overcome obstacles

Predicting the rate at which dislocations overcome obstacles is key to understanding the microscopic features that govern the plastic flow of modern alloys. In this spirit, the current manuscript examines the rate at which an edge dislocation overcomes an obstacle in aluminum. Predictions were made using different popular variants of Harmonic Transition State Theory (HTST) and compared to those of direct Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. The HTST predictions were found to be grossly inaccurate due to the large entropy barrier associated with the dislocation–obstacle interaction.

2016 Melosh Medal Winner and Finalists

The 2016 winner of the Robert J. Melosh Medal is Maruti Kumar Munuduru, with the paper “Structure-Preserving Finite Element Formulations for Advective-Diffusive-Reactive Systems.” Maruti earned a Ph.D. Degree from the University of Houston, and is currently a post-doctoral appointee at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


The other five finalists in the competition were (in alphabetical order):

Miguel Arriaga (Columbia University) “Stability Analysis of Metals Capturing Brittle and Ductile Fracture through a Phase Field Method and Shear Band Localization”

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Quantifying dislocation microstructure evolution and cyclic hardening in fatigued face-centered cubic single crystals

Discrete dislocation dynamics simulations were performed to investigate the dislocation microstructure evolution and cyclic hardening during the early stages of fatigue loading in nickel single crystals. The effects of the crystal size and initial dislocation densities on both the mechanical response and the evolution of dislocation microstructure were quantified.

positions available for PhD students, visiting students, or visiting scholars

We have PhD student positions available who are interested in soft tissue biomechanics of the brain. Work will involve developing sophysticated, yet efficient computational models of the human brain to study the mechanisms of brain injury. This work is supported by NIH grants.

In addition, we have openings for visiting students or visiting scholars who have their own funding to stay in the lab. 

Interested applicants please contact: Songbai.Ji [at]

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Toughness due to hysteretic deformation

These fragments of notes are intended for a course on fracture mechanics, but I have always run out of time, and have never managed to go over them in class.  Some of the ideas are mentioned in various parts of the class.  I have also listed refeences and review articles.


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[Call for Abstract] SES 2016 Symposium E-1: Mechanics and Electrochemistry of Energy Materials

We would like to invite you to submit abstracts to the symposium on Mechanics and Electrochemistry of Energy Materials at the 53rd Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science (SES 2016) to be held at University of Maryland College Park (October 2-5, 2016).

Symposium Description

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The stress intensity factor and Young's Modulus

The stress intensity factor and Young's Modulus 

It is evident that stress intensity factor considered as  the most important factor in fracture mechanics which used for evaluating the stress state near to tip crack . However this factor depends up many parameters (such us normal loading, cracks size and its geometry). my question is as follow 

cell mechanics

Experimental studies recently performed on single cancer and healthy cells have demonstrated that the former are about 70% softer than the latter, regardless of the cell lines and the measurement technique used for determining the mechanical properties.

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[Call for Abstracts] SES minisymposium on Friction, Fracture, and Damage

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to consider submitting abstracts to the following minisymposium taking place as part of the Soceity of Engineering Sciences meeting to be hosted by the University of Maryland (October 4-7, 2016)

D-9 :Friction, Fracture and damage (

Simpleware at North Star Imaging 30th Anniversary Symposium, May 11-12 2016

May 11 - 12, 2016 - St. Michael Cinema, St. Michael, MN

This two-day conference will include national and international speakers discussing the latest in Digital Radiography and Computed Tomography systems and technology. Current users of X-ray and Computed Tomography will gain more knowledge to improve their operations. Those new to the X-ray/CT scanning will hear from peers how they utilize the technology within their industry.

Simpleware at the NSI 30th Anniversary Symposium


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