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Call for Postdoctoral Position "Multiscale modeling of soft tissues mechanics" @ University of Genoa (Italy)

The Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering of the University of Genoa is offering a post-doc position within the 2-years reasearch project PRIN 2022 PNRR “A digital framework for the cutting of soft tissues: A first step towards virtual surgery” focused on multiscale modeling of the complete cutting process in human brain tissues.

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Master's position in computational mechanics

We invite applications for a master’s position in computational mechanics starting as early as January 2024. The National Science Foundation partially funds this position. Please get in touch with Dr. Anjali Sandip ( for further details.

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MSCA postdoctoral fellowship - support action of the University of Parma (ITALY) to prospective candidates

At the University of Parma (Italy) a call for supporting students wishing

to apply to the prestigious Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship is now open.


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Thematic session on Contact Mechanics @ ICTAM 2024

Dear Colleague,

we are organizing a thematic session on Contact Mechanics (SM02) at the 26th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM), Daegu, Korea, August 25-30, 2024,

The deadline for abstract submission is approaching: January 15, 2024.


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Two Postdoc Openings at UC San Diego

The M2DO lab at UC San Diego has two Post-Doctoral Researcher Openings to conduct research in developing topology optimization in collaboration with NASA, Boeing, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories.


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SSDM 2024 (Seattle, April 29th-May 1st)

Dear Colleagues, after a great success of the inaugural ASME Aerospace Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials (SSDM) conference this past summer, I am writing to cordially invite you to attend its 2nd edition in Seattle, USA, April 29-May 1st, 2024. The main feature of the SSDM conference is:

Lucy Zhang's picture

Postdoc position on computational mechanics available at RPI

My lab has a postdoc position open, start immediately. U.S. Citizen preferred. 

Please send your CV and a cover letter highlighting qualifications. 

thank you. 



o   Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or related fields

USACM Student Chapter Seminar: Quantum Computing for CFD

Merel Schalkers from TU Delft will be presenting (Friday December 15, 2023, 5 PM EST) their latest research on quantum computational fluid dynamics. We invite you to attend the USACM Student Chapter Seminar to learn more about this exciting topic.



Towards scalable and fail-safe quantum computational fluid dynamics using the Boltzmann equation


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Mitigating Oblique Impacts by Unraveling of Buckled Carbon Nanotubes in Helmet Liners



Background: Helmet systems most commonly experience oblique blunt impacts which cause simultaneous linear and rotational accelerations. The ability to attenuate both linear and rotational accelerations by absorbing the normal shock while accommodating large shear deformations with energy dissipation is critical to developing superior helmet liners that prevent traumatic brain injury (TBI).


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The Willerson Center for Cardiovascular Modeling and Simulation jointly with the Zoldan Lab, have an immediate opening for a highly motivated graduate student in the area of cellular mechanics modeling.


Postdoctoral and Ph.D. positions in computational design and multi-physics simulation

We invite applications for post-doctoral and Ph.D. positions in topology optimization, machine learning and data-driven computational design, multi-physics simulation including multi-phase flow, and uncertainty quatification. 

For additional information, please contact Prof. Xiaoping Qian ( To apply, email your application files (CV, 1-page summary of research accomplishments and research interests, and 3 references).

Xuanhe Zhao's picture

MIT Mechanical Engineering faculty search

The MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering (@MITMechE) seeks candidates for faculty positions starting July 1, 2024 or on a mutually agreed date thereafter. More Info + Apply: Questions:

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Ph.D. position for September 2024

S-Lab at Shanghai Jiao Tong University is opening one Ph.D. position for “mechanical metamaterials.”  The applicants should have a master’s degree by August 2024.

Send an application package (Letter of Intent and CV) to before 12/6, 2023.


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Fully funded PhD/Postdoc positions in mechanics of soft materials and soft materials for health at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The Jiawei Yang lab in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has two fully funded PhD/Postdoc positions, starting in Fall 2024 or on a mutually agreed date. We aim to build an interdisciplinary research team, focusing on the Multiscale Engineering of Soft Material Systems, and developing high-performance, bio-integrated, and bio-interfacing soft material systems for health.

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Global Composites Experts Webinar by Dr. Gregory M. Odegard

cdmHUB invites you to attend the Global Composites Experts Webinar Series. 

Title: US-COMP: Next Generation of Composites Materials for Crewed Deep Space Missions

Speaker:  Dr.  Gregory M. Odegard, Michigan Technological University

Time: 12/14, 11AM-12PM EST.

Register in advance for this webinar:

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Journal club for December 2023 : Recent trends in modeling of asperity-level wear

Ernest Rabinowicz’s words, spoken two decades ago in his groundbreaking textbook on the friction and wear of materials [1], continue to resonate today: ’Although wear is an important topic, it has never received the attention it deserves.’ Rabinowicz’s work laid the foundation for contemporary tribology research [2]. Wear, characterized as the removal and deformation of material on a surface due to the mechanical action of another surface, carries significant consequences for the economy, sustainability, and poses health hazards through the emission of small particles. According to some estimates [1, 3], the economic impact is substantial, accounting for approximately 5% of the Gross National Product (GNP).

Despite its paramount importance, scientists and engineers often shy away from wear analysis due to the intricate nature of the underlying processes. Wear is often perceived as a ”dirty” topic, and with good reason. It manifests in various forms, each with its own intricacies, arising from complex chemical and physical processes. These processes unfold at different stages, creating a time-dependent phenomenon influenced by key parameters such as sliding velocity, ambient or local temperature, mechanical loads, and chemical reactions in the presence of foreign atoms or humidity.

The review paper by Vakis et al. [5] provides a broad perspective on the complexity of tribology problems. This complexity has led to numerous isolated studies focusing on specific wear mechanisms or processes. The proliferation of empirical wear models in engineering has resulted in an abundance of model variables and fit coefficients [6], attempting to capture the intricacies of experimental data.

Tribology faces a fundamental challenge due to the multitude of interconnected scales. Surfaces exhibit roughness with asperities occurring at various wavelengths. Only a small fraction of these asperities come into contact, and an even smaller fraction produces wear debris. The reasons behind why, how, and when this occurs are not fully understood. The debris gradually alter the surface profile and interacts with one another, either being evacuated from the contact interface or gripping it, leading to severe wear. Due to this challenge of scales, contributions of numerical studies in wear research over the past decades sum up to less than 1% (see Fig. 1). Yet, exciting opportunities exist for modeling, which we attempt to discuss here.

While analyzing a single asperity contact may not unveil the entire story, it arguably represents the most fundamental level to comprehend wear processes. This blog entry seeks to encapsulate the authors’ perspective on this rapidly evolving topic. Acknowledging its inherent bias, the aim is to spark controversies and discussions that contribute to a vibrant blogosphere on the mechanics of the process.

The subsequent section delves into the authors’ endeavors in modeling adhesive wear at the asperity level. Section 3 navigates the transition to abrasive wear, while Section 4 explores opportunities for upscaling asperity-level mechanisms to the meso-scale, with the aspiration of constructing predictive models. Lastly, although the primary focus of this blog entry is on modeling efforts, it would be remiss not to mention a few recent advances on the experimental front.


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