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Journal Club for July 2024: Size-Segregation in Dense, Bidisperse Granular Materials

Harkirat Singh (California Institute of Technology) and David Henann (Brown University)



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Postdoc opening in cardiac biomechanics modeling at UCLA

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our research team in the field of cardiac biomechanics and heart failure with a position at the level of Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.  They will be working with a multidisciplinary team mentored by Dr. Lihua Jin (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Dr. Ashley Stein-Merlob (Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine) and Dr.

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5 Zoom Meetings for those interested to join FABER Action

FABER networking project is funded for next four years by the COST Association. Its goal is to solve the current deadlock in validating the metal fatigue life evaluation methods and solvers by establishing benchmark sets of curated experimental fatigue data, with the focus set on the high-cycle fatigue category above all.


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Postdoctoral Research in Impact and Ballistic Behaviour of Graphene Reinforced Nanocomposites

Dear I Mechanica Members,

I am Dr. Piyush Gaur, currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, India. With over nine years of interdisciplinary research experience in the realms of experimental and computational biomechanics, I am deeply involved in the study and development of advanced nanocomposite materials for aerospace and defense applications.

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Three fully-funded PhD positions @ KU Leuven, Belgium

We have three fully-funded PhD positions specializing in the fracture assessment of metallic materials at Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium. These positions offer an excellent opportunity for those interested in advancing their academic career in this cutting-edge field. If you are passionate about pursuing a PhD in this area, we encourage you to apply by submitting your CV and a detailed motivation letter to the email address provided below.

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Submit your abstract to IMECE 2024: presentation only & poster deadline 7/16/2024

Dear Colleagues,


The deadline for presentation only & poster abstracts for ASME IMECE 2024 is 7/16/2024.


You are kindly reminded to please consider submitting abstracts to the two symposiums hosted by the Mechanics of Soft Materials Technical Committee this year: Mechanics of Soft Materials (Topic 12-29) and Advances in Soft Material Modeling (Topic 12-30). Abstracts can be submitted following this link:


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On productivity, big multicenter grants, and paper-mills: the pursuit of an academic career leads to scientific progress?.


We are in the time where big multi-centre projects with an ever-increasing number of scientists involved seem to multiply, and single scientist projects seem to die, apart from the happy island of ERC funding in Europe (probably NSF career funding in US?). I believe that with ERC funding and the direct call of ERC winners some European universities have taken a path of excellence to follow, while on multicentre big money projects they are less effective.

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Thermal computing with mechanical transistors

We have developed a mechanical transistor that synergizes a Kirigami thermomechanical sensor and a bistable actuator, enabling in-memory computing for combinational and sequential logic.

Our mechanical computing device stands out by employing modular construction, symmetry breaking, nonlinear materials, crafting logic gates and memory units responding to environmental stimuli through thermal delay.

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First Announcement - International Workshop on Simulation Science, May 2025, Clausthal

Dear Colleague,

I am very pleased to announce the third interdisciplinary international conference about Simulation Science from 7th to 9th May 2025 in Clausthal (Germany).

Attached please find the Call for Papers.

The workshop considers the broad area of modeling, simulation and AI with a focus on simulation of materials, simulations of socio-technical systems and simulation and optimization in networks.

Confirmed plenary speakers are:

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Ferroelastic switching in yttria stabilized zirconia: A molecular dynamics study

I am happy to share our newest open access article which is published in Computational Materials Science. For the first time, we were able to create the t’ phase of yttria stabilized zirconia from its cubic phase through the process of rapid quenching by utilizing molecular dynamics simulations. The simulation of quenching process followed the experimental procedure, and the results of virtual XRD and RDF were comparable to the actual experiments, verifying the created phases.

PhD opportunities

Applicants are once again sought for PhD positions at Griffith University, Gold Coast (Australia).

If you are interested in a PhD in fibre-reinforced composite materials, structural health monitoring or NDT,  please contact me ( with the following information:

* Brief CV/Resume

* List of publications (at least 2 engineering-related publications)

* Academic transcript from your Mechanical Engineering Honours degree / MSc degree (or degrees from a closely related field)

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Call for abstracts - Mechanical Metamaterials (IMECE 2024)

We invite extended abstracts (400-650 words) for presenting your works on mechanical metamaterials (MM) at ASME IMECE 2024. The MM symposium is included in the Track 1 acoustics, vibration, and Phononics this year. The deadline for the submission is 7/17.


Track 1: Acoustics, Vibration, and Phononics

01-01: Mechanical Metamaterials

Lessons Learned from 14 years as an Editor-In-Chief (for Elsevier)

As some of you may know, I recently announced that I would be stepping down as the Editor-In-Chief (EIC) for the Elsevier journal titled Finite Elements in Analysis and Design (FINEL).  I had served in that capacity since 2010, so roughly 14 years, and the team at Elsevier indicated that it was time for someone new to take over the role.  Although I would have been more than happy to stay on, in time I did appreciate that it was probably better for the community to pass the reins on to someone else. 

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Ph.D and Post-doc positions at Northeastern University

Ph.D and Postdoc positions are available in Mechanics, Biomimetics, and 3D Priting lab at Northeastern University, Boston. Candidates will background in mechanics, materials, finite element analysis are all welcome to apply. 

Applicants can send the CV directly to Prof. Yaning Li 


Full Professor in Structural Mechanics

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a position as Full Professor in Structural Mechanics. The position is available from 15 January 2025 or as soon as possible thereafter. The
position is permanent.

Expected start date and duration of employment
15 January 2025 or as soon as possible

Join Daedalus: Postdoc Position Available at Georgia Institute of Technology!

Daedalus, our research group at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is announcing an opening for a postdoctoral researcher. We are looking for an individual with a background in solid/experimental mechanics or polymer engineering to contribute to our pioneering projects on high-throughput mechanical testing methods and mechanics of flexible materials. This project is a collaborative effort with a major industrial partner in the US, making it an excellent opportunity for those interested in exploring a novel application area and pursuing an academic career.

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Clarifying the non-uniqueness in Polarization

For ionic and dielectric materials, the polarization (dipole moment per unit cell) is plagued with non-uniqueness. As a 1D example, consider a 1D line of alternating positive and negative charges. If we agree that the dipole is a vector from the negative to the positive charge, then we have two choices for the dipole. This is because every negative charge has two different positive charges in its immediate vicinity. The situation gets more complicated in higher dimensions.

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AIAA 2026 ICME Prize

We are happy to announce the next cycle of bi-annual ICME  (Integrated Computational Materials Engineering)  award established by the AIAA ICME Working Group with the support of Composite Design and Manufacturing HUB (cdmHUB), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and Rolls Royce Corporation. This recognition includes recognition at SciTech 2026 conference and a $1,500.00 team award.

PhD position on wave-ice interaction at Aalto University, Finland



We are looking for a doctoral student to work on wave-ice interaction. The emphasis in this research is on experiments in the 40m x 40m Aalto Ice and Wave Tank with a novel wave-maker, and our interest extends to ship-wave-ice interaction. The position is fully funded for four years and may include also field work. 


2 PhD positions as MSCA Fellow in the FibReLoop project

We have two open PhD positions as MSCA Fellow in the FibReLoop project (see full description of this project at the end of this post). These positions will be hosted by the Composite Materials Group at KU Leuven ( These are the two titles:

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EML Webinar Young Researchers Forum by Mingchao Liu, on 2 July 2024: Morphing and moving matter: mimicking nature

EML Webinar (Young Researchers Forum) on 2 July 2024 will be given by Mingchao Liu at the University of Birmingham

Title: Morphing and moving matter: mimicking nature


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