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Two PhD positions available at Multiscale Computational Mechanics Lab at Vanderbilt University

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We are seeking two doctoral students to join the Multiscale Computational Mechanics Laboratory (MCML) at Vanderbilt University beginning either Fall 2023 or Spring 2024. The research areas span multiscale computational mechanics and computing, and are briefly described below. Candidates must also have a strong general interest (prior experience is a plus) in computational mathematics, mechanics, modeling and simulation and computer programming. 

The specific research areas as follows:

(1)   Computational Mechanics using Non-Traditional Computers: We are reaching the limits of the famous "Moore's law" that allowed continuous improvement of computing resources and hence our ability to solve mechanics problems faster and faster. This research will explore possibilities in developing efficient algorithms for mechanics problems to be deployed in in-memory computing devices, where the storage and computing units are integrated. Students working in this area will be exploring a completely new nexus in computational mechanics. Previous class work on numerical methods for solving partial differential equations is highly desirable. 

(2)   Multiscale Modeling of Architected Materials: The goals of this research are to investigate the high-rate deformation and energy dissipation mechanisms in bio-inspired architected materials subjected to high- velocity impact loading and elucidate relationships between microstructural topology of these new materials and their dynamic properties. Students working on these projects will develop expertise on multiscale modeling, materials behavior, continuum mechanics and machine learning. Previous class work or research work on one or more of these areas are highly desirable.

Interested candidates should apply by email to Prof. Caglar Oskay ( expressing the area(s) of interest and including an up-to-date CV. MCML has a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse research community. Minorities, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.


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