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Postdoc and PhD openings in flexible electronics and smart materials/structures at the University of Connecticut

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Multiple postdoc and Ph.D. positions are available in Wang Research lab ( in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut.

Postdoc positions


·       Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, or a closely related area.

·       Research experiences/skills: 

   - Flexible electronic sensors and microfabrication

   - Mechanics modeling (like finite element modeling)

   - Soft robotics

Start date: Available immediately, open until filled.

Ph.D. positions

Research: Research topics include (1) Mechanics of active polymer materials; (2) Design and fabrication of flexible electronic sensors and architectures; and (3) Soft robotics. Our research is highly multidisciplinary and lies at the intersection of mechanics, materials, electronics, and chemistry. Students who are interested in any of those related areas are welcome.


  • A bachelor's degree in Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a closely related area
  • An M.S. degree with project experience and publications is preferred but not required
  • GRE is not required

Start date: Spring 2021 (if the candidate is in the US) and Fall 2021

If you are interested, please send a CV and transcripts to Dr. Xueju (Sophie) Wang at

About Professor Wang:

Dr. Xueju (Sophie) Wang is currently an Assistant Professor in MSE and IMS at UConn. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and did her postdoc with Prof. John A. Rogers at Northwestern University. She is the recipient of the 2021 ASME Orr Early Career award, the 2019 ASME Haythornthwaite Foundation Research Initiation Award, and the 2016 Gary L. Cloud Scholarship Award. Her current research group focuses on the design and development of flexible electronic sensors and mechanics of advanced materials and functional structures, for applications from energy storage to biomedical devices. His recent works have been published in journals including Nature, Nature Communications, PNAS, Science Advances, and Advanced Materials.


About UConn:

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is a public research university in Storrs, Connecticut, about a half hour's drive from Hartford, 90 minutes from Boston, and two hours from New York City. It is a flagship university that is ranked as the best public national university in New England and is tied for 23rd in "top public schools" and tied for 63rd best national university in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

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