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Postdoctoral positions in Granular Mechanics at Northwestern University

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Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions in the Geomechanics Group led by Dr. Buscarnera at Northwestern University. Both positions focus on the multi-scale behavior of granular solids, with one emphasizing numerical and theoretical modeling of the particle-continuum duality and the other emphasizing the experimental study of particulate materials through advanced characterization protocols. Competitive salary, exposure to a dynamic international academic environment and opportunities for professional development will be essential elements of the employment conditions. While the two positions are considered separate and independent, opportunities for collaboration exist and candidates who feel qualified for either type of project are welcome to apply to both positions.

Selection criteria:

  • PhD in Geomechanics, Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, Physics or related fields.
  • Expertise in discrete and continuum numerical methods, such as DEM, Molecular Dynamics or FEM (Computational position).
  • Expertise in static and/or dynamic geomechanical testing, x-ray tomography, and digital image analysis (Experimental position).
  • Excellent preparation in solid mechanics and computer coding.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams. Co-supervision of Ph.D. students is expected.

Application procedure:

Please, forward a single PDF consisting of a 1-page cover letter, a curriculum vitae, contacts of two references and two representative publications to Prof. Giuseppe Buscarnera (g-buscarnera(at) While submitting your package, please specify if you are applying to only one of the openings or both. Review of candidates will begin August 15th, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Further details are provided in the attached PDF.


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