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13 PhD-Studentships/Early-Stage-Researcher-positions in STORM-BOTS ITN PROJECT

STORM-BOTS is a new european training network (ITN) dedicated to liquid crystalline elastomers and soft robotics.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher in liquid crystal elastomers - Cambridge University

Dr John Biggins (supervisor) and Prof Mark Warner FRS (co-supervisor) are searching for a talented theorist with interests in mechanics and geometry to work on the design of soft liquid crystal elastomer (LCE) machines. The studentship is part of a new Marie Sklodowska-Curie training network called storm-bots, which will encompass 13 students across Europe working on the design and creation soft LCE machines. The soft, anisotropic materials of the project, liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) and glasses, contract along their director on heating/illumination.

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Nanosleeves: Morphology transitions of infilled carbon nanotubes

Morphology instability of substrate-supported carbon atomic layers can be harnessed to modulate physical properties and functions, which has drawn interesting attention. Curvature would be a critical factor affecting surface morphology and its stability characteristics. Infilled carbon nanotubes, that is to say carbon monolayers with curved geometry and infilled substrates, namely nanosleeves, widely exist in the literature and have many potential applications.

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A comparison of Gent-Schultz law with cohesive models of viscoelastic subcritical crack propagation

dear colleagues     I have written some general comments about viscoelastic models which may you find useful, mixing results from Wang Thouless Barber vs Schapery vs de Gennes Persson, etc. I conclude that Gent-Schultz is the most practical and solid approach, despite it seems empirical and too simple.  It corresponds very closely to work with Schapery model, and the finite size effects in Persson's theory are quite suspicious if not completely wrong (besides, there are two Persson's theory, one in contradiction to the other), as demonstrated by theory and actual Finite Element simulations

Research Associate at Mahindra University, India

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate (RA) in a project sponsored by the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) entitled “3D elastodynamic fracture simulations” supervised by Prof. Ranjith Kunnath. NSM is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY). 


Research Fellow in Computational Micromechanics

The Multiscale Materials Modelling Team in WMG (University of Warwick), led by Dr Figiel, is currently seeking a Research Fellow to carry out research in the area of Computational Micromechanics of Solid-state Batteries.

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Postdoc position in flexible electronic sensors at the University of Connecticut

One postdoc position is available in Wang Research lab ( in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the Institute of Materials Science (IMS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn).

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader Position in Multiscale Modelling at the University of Glasgow-James Watt School of Engineering

We are now seeking to fill an academic position at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader rank for a successful academic to join the Division of Systems, Power and Energy Engineering. We specifically seek a candidate who can potentially contribute to the James Watt School of Engineering in the area of modelling of materials and/or processes at lower length scales where continuum assumption ceases to be valid.

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Viscoelastic cracks: a discrepancy of factor 2.42 found with respect to Wang, Lu, Barber and Thouless and Schapery classical solution

Wang, Lu, Barber, & Thouless (WLBT, 2016) have written recently an interesting paper on the crack growth in visco-elastic and creeping materials, using a simple Maxwell "liquid" material, and the Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) model under pure moment. Using correspondence principle, they obtained an analytical solution for a viscoelastic beam on an elastic foundation, corresponding to a simple linear force-separation law for the cohesive law.

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PhD position at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

A new PhD position is availale at Tribology and Suface Mechanics (TSM) group for Fall 2021/Spring 2022. Candidates with strong mechanical engineering background on both experimental and analytical works are encouraged to apply. In particular, experience on metalic alloys, coatings, addtivie manufacturing, surface engineering and mechanics, contact fatigue, corrsoion and finite element anaylses is a plus.

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PhD position in numerical ice mechanics, Aalto University, Finland

We are looking for a doctoral student to work on numerical modeling of ridging of sea ice. Ridging is central to understanding the behavior of sea ice from scales varying from tens of meters up to hundreds of kilometers and has a close connection to sea ice dynamics models, which have an important role in predicting the effects of climate change. The applicant should be advanced in solid and computational mechanics and have at least average programming skills.

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Stickiness of randomly rough surfaces with high fractal dimension: is there a fractal limit?

Two surfaces are ”sticky” if breaking their mutual contact requires a finite tensile force. At low fractal dimensions D, there is consensus stickiness does not depend on the upper truncation frequency of roughness spectrum (or ”magnification”). As debate is still open for the case at high D, we exploit BAM theory of Ciavarella and Persson-Tosatti theory, to derive criteria for all fractal dimensions. For high D, we show that stickiness is more influenced by short wavelength roughness with respect to the low D case.

two open PostDoc positions at KTH, Stockholm

We are seeking two outstanding postdoctoral candidates to complement the expertise in computational mechanics at the Department of Engineering Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stcokholm, Sweden.

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15th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics: 7-9 Sept 2021 (Online)

The 15th in a well established series of international conferences organised by the British Society for Strain Measurement (BSSM) showcasing novel & innovative research in Experimental Mechanics. 7 - 9 September 2021. The conference will take place online in 2021.  More info here:


Key dates:

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Postdoc at Johns Hopkins University in x-ray phase contrast imaging

The research — We use x-ray phase contrast imaging (XPCI) to study deformation and fracture of materials under dynamic loading on microsecond and sub-microsecond time scales. For example, we might like to measure the change in pore size distribution of a granular material such as sandstone under impact loading.

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Postdoctoral position at Johns Hopkins University in dynamic fracture of glasses and glass ceramics

There is an immediate opening for a post-doctoral scholar in the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute ( at Johns Hopkins University, working with Prof. K.T. Ramesh ( and Prof. Todd Hufnagel (

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Photochemical-induced phase transitions in photoactive semicrystalline polymers

Dear Colleagues,

Please find our new paper titled "Photochemical-induced phase transitions in photoactive semicrystalline polymers" published in Physical Review E. We used phase field model to investigate photochemical phase transitions in semicrystalline polymers.

Author: Ruobing Bai, Eric Ocegueda, and Kaushik Bhattacharya

Webinar: Simpleware R-2021.03 Release: Highlights of New and Improved AI-Powered Tools

Check out this webinar on the AI-enabled segmentation and landmarking tools in the latest release of Simpleware software - ideal if working with orthopedic and cardiology medical image data and you want to speed up tedious segmentation.

Registration is here:


Postdoc position in fracturing modelling at Wuhan University

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow research position in modelling fracturing with thermal-hydro-mechanical (THM) coupling processes at Wuhan University. Code writing ability and strong background in numerical modelling are required. Specific knowledge of TOUGH2 and parallel processing is preferred. Applicants must hold a PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a related discipline.

Assistant Professor posts available at Durham University UK. Closing April 7th

We have a number of open permanent positions at Assistant Professor level in the Department of Engineering at Durham University in the UK. We are seeking to fill posts in civil or structural engineering, and in offshore geotechnical engineering, with no restriction on nature of interests, e.g. computational or otherwise.

Special issue in EABE - "Advanced numerical modelling in geotechnical engineering"

Dear All,

We cordially invite you to submit a manuscript for consideration and possible publication in the special issue on "Advanced numerical modelling in geotechnical engineering" in Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements (IF=2.884).

This special issue aims to address following topics:

1. Data-driven simulation with field monitoring or experiments.

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Post-Doctoral Position in Computational Modeling of Topological Insulators

I am looking to recruit a highly motivated and independent postdoctoral researcher to study, via the development of new topology optimization techniques, various scientific issues surrounding phononic topological insulators.  An example of recent related work from my group can be found here.  The position is available for a 20-month duration, with possible extension to 36 months depending on the availability of funding, with a proposed start date of Jun

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Summer Intern Position in Material Modeling- PhD students of Mechanical /Structural Enginnering

A summer internship position is available in Joint academic-industrial project between Nordisch LLC and Michigan State University. We seeks to improve the understanding of the constitutive behavior of soft materials in extreme conditions. In particular, this is important for evaluating the long-term performance of soft materials that are used as critical components in various systems.


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