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Post-Doctoral Position in Theoretical Mechanics

Yuhang Hu's picture

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), is commencing a basic research program to establish Virtual Tests for high temperature ceramic composite materials. This activity will be supported within the new National Hypersonic Science Center, Structures and Materials, which is funded by NASA and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.The overall program involves a number of institutions, led by Teledyne Scientific Co., in Thousand Oaks, California (Drs. David Marshall and Brian Cox). Effort immediately relevant to Virtual Test development involves participants at The University of California, Berkeley (Professor Robert Ritchie), The University of Texas, Arlington (Professor Peter Kroll), and the University of Miami (Professor Qingda Yang),UCSB has an opening for a post-doctoral fellow within this program under the supervision of Professor Robert McMeeking. The successful candidate will be involved in computational mechanics, image analysis, theoretical fracture mechanics and heat transfer, modeling hierarchical microstructures, multi-scale modeling, and statistical and probabilistic modeling, especially in the interpretation of data. Close collaboration is essential with experimenters in fracture mechanics, X-ray computed tomography, and high temperature experimentation, as well as with other theorists in quantum and classical molecular dynamics.The entire Virtual Test development program will be executed in a collegial environment, with strong interactions expected across the different disciplines necessary to the overarching goals. For this particular position, frequent interaction is envisaged with Dr. Brian Cox at Teledyne Scientific, approximately one hour from Santa Barbara.

Interested persons should contact Professor McMeeking at It is expected that the position will be filled by January, 2010.

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I feel  this research is very attractive for me beacuse i was devoted to the composite mechanics and also i know Professor McMeeking is a master in composite mechanics. Postdoc position is a very good selection and also a dream of mine.


Since i am in the background of computational mechanics based on FEA and the current research is also supporting computational mechanics area, may i know  is there any chance to consider as a post doc fellow under you to carry out research.


Thanks and regards,



Bo Liu's picture

Several items mentioned in your advertisement suggest you may be searching for someone with my background. In fact, I was excited to see how closely my qualifications matched your requirements:

Your Requirements --> My Qualifications

  • Virtual Tests for high temperature ceramic composite materials  -->  Past experience in high temperature materials.
  • Knowledge of computational mechanics  -->  This is my major research direction.
  • Knowledge of theoretical fracture mechanics and heat transfer  -->  I have a good knowledge of these disciplines.
  • Statistical and probabilistic modeling, especially in the interpretation of data  -->  I have learned probability theory, mathematical statistics, and am proficient in SPSS (Statistical Product and Service Solutions).
  • Strong interactions expected across the different disciplines  -->  This is my favorite research area.
  • The position is expected to be filled by January, 2010  -->  My thesis defense is scheduled for November and I can get doctor's degree before January.

Moreover, I have strong ability of independent researching.

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