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Konstantin Volokh's picture

Mechanics of Soft Materials - second edition

This is a corrected, revised and expanded edition. I added new Chapter 11 on modeling fracture in soft materials. Arguably, fracture is the central and unsolved problem in solid mechanics. I describe a new perspective on this problem based on the material sink approach, in which momenta and mass balance are coupled.

3-year postdoc position on (coarse-grained) molecular dynamics

The Onck-group at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands has an opening for a post-doctoral position in the field of (coarse-grained) molecular dynamics of proteins. The candidate should have a background in molecular dynamics of hard or soft matter and is not afraid to enter a new research direction. The post-doc position is part of the oLife Fellowship Programme, a joint initiative by seven research institutes in The Netherlands for interdisciplinary research on fundamental questions concerning the origin and evolution

Teng Li's picture

Zheng Jia will be the next Editor of iMechanica Journal Club

Zheng Jia, of Zhejiang University, will be the next Editor of the iMechanica Journal Club. The Journal Club was initiated in January 2007, soon after the launch of iMechanica. It has quickly grown into a flagship feature of iMechanica, epitomizing the vibrant topics and dynamic researchers at the frontier of mechanics.

amir.sakhaei's picture

EPSRC-funded PhD positions in 4D printing and computational modelling of Metamaterials

There are multiple EPSRC-funded PhD studentships in my research group and especially the following topics at the University of Kent, UK. 

Teng Li's picture

2019 Timoshenko Medal Acceptance Lecture: J.N. Reddy

The 2019 Timoshenko Medal Acceptance Lecture by Prof. J.N. Reddy of Texas A&M Univerisity has been published as a Guest Editorial in the Journal of Applied Mechanics, as attached.




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4-year funded PhD studentship | Minimising vibrations of 3D woven composites through the use of locally resonant yarns

A four-year fully-funded PhD studentship in the optimisation of 3D woven composites at Durham University, with applications due by 1 February 2020. If you are interested in simulations and the creation of non-vibrating components, check the links below for more details: 

NIH-supported PhD position in biomechanics, Worcester Polytechnic Instituite (WPI)

An NIH-supported PhD position is available in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Instituite (WPI). Our lab focuses on the health of the central nervous system, with projects on traumatic brain injury and surgical image guidance of spinal surgical procedures. The student will have freedome to focus either on computational biomechanics, experimetnal biomechanics, or medical imaging, or a combination of these elements. Our lab works closely with other engineers and clinicians. Students with a minimum of GPA of 3.5 are encouraged to apply.

zahur_ullah's picture

Funded PhD position in the computational modelling of composite materials at Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

The Advanced Composites Research Group, within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University Belfast has a PhD opening in the computational modelling of fibre-reinforced composite materials. Detailed project description, eligibility criteria and how to apply are given at the following links: 

D.Rittel's picture

ICTAM 2020 - Thematic Session - Impact Mechanics and Wave Propagation

Dear Colleagues:

As many of you may know, the International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM) will be held in Milano next year (

Professor Kikuo Kishimoto and I are co-organizing a thematic session on:

SM07 Impact Mechanics and Wave Propagation

Postdoctoral position on high-entropy alloys in Nanyang Technological University

Research Fellow (Post-Doctoral) Position

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Area: Computational investigation of fracture mechanisms in high-entropy alloys

Asst. Prof. Dr. Emin Taner ELMAS's picture

Global Congress on Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering - Aero 2020


Global Congress on Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering


Miami, USA | May 18-19, 2020


Exploring and Enlightening the Future Technology in Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering




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Two Ph.D. positions available in low dimensional materials

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas ( has two Ph.D. positions open in low dimensional materials. The Graduate Research Assistant positions are available with a starting date of 

May 2020 in Dr. Arun Nair’s lab(


PhD Position --- Fibre-Reinforced Composites

Brief. A couple of full-time Ph.D. positions on "Manufacturing and Computational Modeling of Natural/Synthetic Fiber-Reinforced Composites (Woven/Non-woven)" is available.

Minimum Requirements. High GPA and two first-author publications.

Location. Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, Australia.

Funding. Full funding is available for eligible candidates.

Valeriy Buryachenko's picture

Nonlocal Micromechanics of Composites of both Random and Periodic Structures (Background, Opportunities and Prospects)

An extended abstract dedicated to nonlocal (in the sense of either Eringen or Silling) micromechanics is attached. It can’t be considered as a review in any sense. It is just a personal vision on a new area of micromechanics, in particularly based on the author’s publications (references on hundreds related papers can be found in the referred publications). The style of the abstract is plausible rather than rigorous that willfully used by the author just for initiation of discussions in the new prospective area of micromechanics.

Zhigang Suo's picture

Basic algorithm of thermodynamics (BAT)

I have just taught an undergraduate course on thermodyanmics and written up my lectures as a book. The book is posted as a google doc. If you cannot access the google doc, here is a PDF file of the book. The following paragraphs describe my approach. I hope to hear about your experience with thermodynamics. Please leave your comments below. Please help me hear from more people by forwarding this post.

D.Rittel's picture

A steel sphere impacting and propagating in water

A small steel sphere is launched at 153 m/s through a water tank. This is a nice visualization of cavity expansion ion a fluid. Note the rebound as the sphere bounces back and hits the water tank again.

The movie exceeds the 20Mb limit, sio it is available on youtube:



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Three-year Postdoc position to study the biophysics of aerial electroreception in arthropods

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the groups of Professor Daniel Robert at the School of Biological Sciences and Dr Isaac Chenchiah at the School of Mathematics. The post is funded for three years and is supported by a grant from the UK BBSRC. The project is entitled “The biophysics of aerial electroreception in arthropods” and seeks to elucidate the biophysical sensory mechanisms subtending electroreception in air.


2020 Journal of Applied Mechanics Award - Shengqiang Cai

The AMD-ASME Executive Committee is pleased to announce and congratulate Prof. Shengqiang Cai, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego, as the 2020 recipient of the Journal of Applied Mechanics Award.

Speakers announced for the 5th International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT 2020)

We are pleased to announce our first confirmed speakers for the 5th International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT 2020), which will be held at the beautiful location of Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham, UK, 13-16 September 2020.

Plenary speaker:
Prof. Dr. Stanislav GorbKiel University, Zoological Institute, Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, Germany

Ahmed Elbanna's picture

A postdoc position is immediately available in the Mechanics of Complex Systems Lab at UIUC

Dear all,

The Mechanics of Complex Systems Lab at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign ( hiring two postdoctoral researchers in the broad area of computational mechanics and its applications to environmental mechanics.


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