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Ph.D. Positions in Design Optimization and Fracture Modeling at Drexel University

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There are two open Ph.D. positions in the MCMB Lab starting in the Spring term of the academic year 2022-2023, or in the Fall term of the academic year 2023-2024. One of these positions is in design optimization, and another position is in the fracture analysis of engineering/biological composites. Qualified candidates must have:


  • A Master’s degree in Mechanical engineering or related background
  • Strong interest in computational mechanics
  • Strong interest in design optimization or fracture mechanics
  • Strong computational, analytical, and mathematical modeling skills
  • Proficiency in programming (C/C++, Python, or MATLAB)
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • An ability to work collaboratively with group members, collaborators, and industrial partners

In addition, experience in design optimization, fracture analysis, and programming in high-performance computing (HPC) environments is a big plus. For more information regarding our work in optimization, see these research pages: [1] and [2]. For information regarding our work in fracture analysis, see this page: [3].

To apply for this position, please contact the PI, Dr. Ahmad R. Najafi ( In the email, indicate which position you are applying for (optimization or fracture) and include your CV, transcripts, and one-page cover letter describing past project experience, research interest, and future career goals.

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