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Postdoctoral researcher position opening at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea

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We are seeking a highly qualified candidate for a full-time postdoctoral researcher position in the area of Computational Mechanics at the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT), Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea. Candidates with a strong background in continuum/dislocation-based plasticity theory, computational mechanics of sheet metals, FE modelling of sheet metal forming processes… are highly encouraged to apply.
 
Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be key research personnel and work in the Materials Mechanics Laboratory (MML) under the supervision of professor Myoung-Gyu Lee in the following two collaborative projects:
  1. Simulation of Electric-Assisted Forming (EAF) process
  - Funded by National Research Foundation (NRF)
  - Funding period: 2013.12.1 - 2015.11.30 (2+ years)
  - Collaborators: Seoul National University, KIMS and KITECH
  - Responsibilities:
   + explore the working mechanism of electro-plasticity effects 
   + use theoretical and/or finite element method to explain the insights of the electro-plasticity effects 
   + develop and implement new constitutive models accounting for the electro-plasticity effects
   + develop new FE modeling techniques for EAF processes
   + introduce and optimize novel EAF processes and new concept of die design, etc.
   2. Multi-strength cold stamping technology (ERC/SRC program)
  - Funded by National Research Foundation (NRF)
  - Funding period: 2012.8 - 2019.8 (7+ years)
  - Collaborator: Pusan National University
  - Responsibilities:
   + explore and propose innovative cold forming technologies for sheet metals made of materials with highly different strengths to be applied in automotive industry
   + develop new concept of die design and FE modeling techniques
   + optimize the materials selection, joining methods, and die and process design to improve the quality of products by the proposed multi-strength cold stamping technology
The candidate may also work on topics of his/her interest with professor Frederic Barlat who is a world famous scholar in the field of plasticity.
 
Required background:
- Theoretical, computational and experimental mechanics of sheet metals: continuum and dislocation-based plasticity theory
- Finite elements:  computational modeling of sheet metal forming processes
- Knowledge of ABAQUS, LS Dyna, PAM-Stamp or similar softwares.
 
Qualifications:
- Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Material Science or Theoretical & Applied Mechanics.
- Being self-motivated, highly responsible, and creative approach towards challenging problems.
- Good communication skills (verbal and written).
- In-depth understanding of plasticity theory, the finite element method, and materials engineering
- Extensive experience in scientific coding with FORTRAN, C or C++ (implementing constitutive models of sheet metals)
- Evidence of prior or ongoing publication activity in peer-reviewed journals.

To apply, applicants should send a full CV including experience and qualifications, a cover letter, a list of publications, summaries of recent work, the names of three references and at least one letter of recommendation to professor Myoung-Gyu Lee via email (mglee@postech.ac.kr).  All applications should be submitted as single PDF documents immediately.

The position is immediately available until filled. Only the selected final candidates will be contacted.
For further information, please refer contact Prof. Myoung-Gyu Lee via email directly.

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About POSTECH
Ever since its establishment in 1986, POSTECH has stayed true to its role in Korean higher education as a pioneer in science and technology research. Located in the city of Pohang, the 400-acre, park-like campus is home to the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory and minutes away from POSCO, the fourth-largest steelmaking company in the world. POSTECH has come a long way in its short history to become globally recognized as one of Asia's premier universities and among the most selective, highly ranked research universities in Korea.
The founding principle behind POSTECH's establishment lies in providing a student-centered education in a highly collaborative and intimate academic community. The university is made up of 11 departments and 22 graduate programs. POSTECH's student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1, allowing students to work closely with our outstanding and award-winning faculty. POSTECH provides the highest educational investment and the most per-student scholarship support in Korea, allowing talented students from all economic backgrounds the opportunity to obtain a POSTECH education.
Maximization of the university's research capabilities has always been the utmost priority of POSTECH. Home to 64 research centers, POSTECH offers many state-of-the-art research facilities, including Korea's only synchrotron radiation facility. Support on all levels ranging from infrastructure to management and finances have resulted in many distinguished research achievements. In 2012, POSTECH was ranked first in the Times Higher Education's "100 under 50" which lists the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old. POSTECH is guided by the university's motto of Integrity, Creativity, and Aspiration as it strives to become a top 20 world university by the year 2020. 
More information about POSTECH can be obtained from http://www.postech.ac.kr/  

About GIFT
Founded in 2005, the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT) is the world’s only fully accredited institute of higher learning offering graduate education in the field of Steel Science and Technology. The unique educational focus of the GIFT was dictated by the compelling societal need for highly educated professionals with advanced skills in the field of steel science and technology.
The mission of the GIFT academic program is to develop in its students a spirit of scientific inquiry and technological innovation coupled to scholarly excellence. GIFT is committed to the highest academic standards in education in the field of steel science and technology, consistent with the tradition of advanced research at the Pohang University of Science and Technology.
The GIFT academic program is designed to expand fundamental knowledge and enable the creation of new technologies in the field of steel science and technology through teaching and creative research. GIFT also aims to contribute to the national and international economic development as well as human resource development through cooperation with industries associated with the production and application of advanced iron and steel technologies. The institute has the ambition of leading the world in all aspects of the science of advanced steel products and processing.
More information about GIFT can be obtained from http://gift.postech.ac.kr/

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