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Fully Funded PhD Positions in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina State University for Fall 2022 in Mechanics and Materials

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Dr. Jingjie Hu’s group in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at North Carolina State University (NC State) has openings for fully funded Ph.D. positions in the areas of Mechanics and Materials for Fall 2022. Research in the group focuses on the mechanical behaviors of biomedical relevant systems and materials, using combined experimental and theoretical approaches ( 



Highly-motivated students with Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from all engineering and science backgrounds, especially in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Physics, are encouraged to apply. Research experience in atomic force microscopy, mechanics, characterization, nanoindentation and material fabrication is desired but not required. 


How to Apply

Interested candidates need to apply directly through Graduate School ( and follow the application instructions ( The deadline to apply for NC State MAE Ph.D. program is January 15th, 2022. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the positions are filled. In your application, please select Mechanics and Materials and mention Dr. Hu as faculty of interest. Interested candidates are invited to contact Dr. Hu ( and include your CV and a brief statement of interests. 


About Dr. Hu

Dr. Hu received her Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and her B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Before joining NC State, she completed her post-doctoral training in bioengineering at Mayo Clinic. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, and has been published in high impact journals, including Advanced Materials, Advanced Science, Science Translational Medicine and Acta Biomaterialia.


Dr. Hu is also an associate faculty in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill & NC State, and a member of the Comparative Medicine Institute at NC State. 


About NC State and RTP (Research Triangle Park)

NC State is a public land-grant university based in Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. According to the 2022 edition of US News & World Report rankings, NC State is #25 in Best Graduate Engineering Schools and #79 in National Universities. As a Research I university, NC State is a key part of the Research Triangle region, which is home to industry leaders such as NC State partners SAS, Cisco, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and Lenovo. In 2021, the Raleigh and Durham area ranked No. 2 in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Places to Live”. 


Home to three tier 1 research universities – NC State in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – the Triangle was ranked by Forbes as the second most educated city in the country. Founded in 1959, RTP is the largest research park in the United States and remains one of the most successful science parks across the globe. Its 7,000 acres house hundreds of companies, including science and technology firms, government agencies, academic institutions, startups and nonprofits. 

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