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PhD positions in Computational Mechanics at the University of Wisconsin Madison

Looking for prospective PhD students with strong background in solid mechanics and numerical methods to join the Computational Mechanics and Multiphysics Group at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Background in modeling contact or contact mechanics is a big plus but not essential.  

The research scope is in the broader areas of mechanics driven multiphysics in morphogenesis/embroyogenesis phenomena (Biophysics) and microstructure evolution in metallic alloys.   

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One postdoctoral fellow position in solid mechanics/biomechanics available at Dartmouth

One postdoctoral fellow position in solid mechanics/biomechanics at Dartmouth is immediately available in the Chen group at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth ( The subjects of research include, but are not limited to, cancer cell migration and mechanics of morphogenesis in embryos or plants.

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Fast nastic motion of plants and bio-inspired structures

The capability to sense and respond to external mechanical stimuli at various timescales is essential to many physiological aspects in plants, including selfprotection, intake of nutrients and reproduction. Remarkably, some plants have evolved the ability to react to mechanical stimuli within a few seconds despite a lack of muscles and nerves. The fast movements of plants in response to mechanical stimuli have long captured the curiosity of scientists and engineers, but the mechanisms behind these rapid thigmonastic movements are still not understood completely.

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Instability-driven vesicle growth in biological cells

Journal: PNAS, published ahead of print, March 9 2015, doi:10.1073/pnas.1418491112

Title: Endocytic proteins drive vesicle growth via instability in high membrane tension environment

Authors: Nikhil Walani, Jennifer Torres, and Ashutosh Agrawal 

2nd International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT2014) - Full Programme Available

The full programme for ICoBT2014 is now available on the conference website and includes:

- Top-level speakers from different scientific and engineering disciplines in academia and industry 

- Short talks and poster sessions

- An industry session 'Industry Challenges in Biotribology'

- Excellent networking opportunities

 For more information and to register, please visit  

2nd International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT2014) - Plenary Speaker Announced

Dr. Steven Kurtz, Exponent, Inc., and Drexel University, USA will be the Plenary Speaker at ICoBT2014

Keynote Speakers include:
Dr. Siegfried Derler, EMPA, Switzerland
Professor Jeremy Gilbert, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, USA
Dr. Jason Stokes, The University of Queensland, Australia
Professor Yu Tian, Tsinghua University, China

keten's picture

Postdoctoral Position Available at Northwestern University

A postdoctoral associate position is available immediately at the Computational Nanodynamics Group at Northwestern University. This research project focuses broadly on the atomistic and meso-scale modeling of biomolecular materials and their interfaces with engineered polymers. Nanostructural predictions, self-assembly studies, and simulations of mechanofunctional behavior constitute the scope of the project.

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Call for Submissions


EMI 2012 Conference June 17-20, 2012, Notre Dame, IN

Sponsored by the Biomechanics Committee of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

1. Scope

International Conference on BioTribology, 18-21 September 2011, Imperial College, London

Less than 2 weeks until the conference starts - but there is still time to register at

Topics covered include: orthopaedic surgery • dentistry • biomechanics • biomaterials • cosmetic chemistry • biophysics • biomimetics

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Looking for postdoc position in solid mechanics/biophysics

Dear everyone,

My name is Tianxiang Su. I am a 4th year PhD student in ME department in UPenn, working with Dr. Prashant Purohit. I am graduating in August and would like to look for a postdoc position in solid mechanics or biophysics. I am keeping an eye on this forum for openings myself. But if anyone happens to know some other great opportunities, please kindly let me know. 

Here is my information:


Education Background:

(1) 07-now (4 yrs): PhD, ME@UPenn, GPA: 4.0

Postdoc in Physical Chemistry for Cell Mechanics at University of Mons

A postdoctoral position is available for a highly
motivated candidate to study the physical principles of cell motility in the
Biophysics Group of the Interfaces & Complex Fluids Lab at the University
of Mons in collaboration with the Bio- and Soft Matter Group of the Institute
of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences at the Université catholique de Louvain.

Strain stiffening induced by molecular motors in active crosslinked biopolymer networks

We have studied the elastic response of actin networks with both compliant and rigid crosslinks by modeling molecular motors as force dipoles. Our finite element simulations show that for compliant crosslinkers such as filamin A, the network can be stiffened by two orders of magnitude while stiffening achieved with incompliant linkers such as scruin is significantly smaller, typically a factor of two, in excellent agreement with recent experiments.

ICoBT 2011 - The International Conference on BioTribology - 18-21 September 2011 - Abstract submissions now open

ICoBT 2011 is a new conference which will be held at Imperial College London from 18-21 September 2011. Contributions are welcomed from scientists, engineers and clinicians working in the fields of orthopaedic surgery, dentistry, biomechanics, biomaterials, cosmetic chemistry, biophysics and biomimetics. Abstract submissions are now open!

Introduction to Systems Biology

How does the cell know when to produce a protein? Why does it produce this protein? How does it produce this protein so accurately, in transcription, timing, and concentration? It is amazing that the cell functions as precisely as it needs to in response to various stimuli. What is more amazing is that the cell's actions are a result of stochastic processes.

Semiflexible polymer chain under sustained tension as a model of cytoskeletal rheology

This is a model of a single semiflexible polymer chain under sustained tension. The model captures two key features of the cytoskeletal rheology: a) the power-law behavior; and b) the dependence of the power-law on mechanical prestress. The model also reveals the underlying mechanisms.

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Deformation of the cell nucleus under indentation: Mechanics and Mechanisms

Computational models of the cell nucleus, along with experimental observations, can help in understanding the biomechanics of force-induced nuclear deformation and mechanisms of stress transition throughout the nucleus. Here, we develop a computational model for an isolated nucleus undergoing indentation, which includes separate components representing the nucleoplasm and the nuclear envelope. The nuclear envelope itself is composed of three separate layers: two thin elastic layers representing the inner and outer nuclear membranes and one thicker layer representing the nuclear lamina. The proposed model is capable of separating the structural role of major nuclear components in the force-induced biological response of the nucleus (and ultimately the cell). A systematic analysis is carried out to explore the role of major individual nuclear elements, namely inner and outer membranes, nuclear lamina, and nucleoplasm, as well as the loading and experimental factors such as indentation rate and probe angle, on the biomechanical response of an isolated nucleus in atomic force microscopy indentation experiment.

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