PhD Position Immediately Available in Nanomechanics/Computational Materials Science

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering ( at the

New Jersey Institute of Technology (, United States has immediate

opening for one fully funded PhD position. The position will start from Fall 2016

(September 2016). Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible.

Research Description: Selected student will primarily work on Atomistic and

Molecular Mechanics. S/he will have the liberty to select suitable projects of his/her

interest from three different themes:

Theme 1 - Modeling of Energy Systems: Molecular Dynamics and Density

Functional Theory simulation of energy systems e.g. Lithium-ion Battery,

Nanomaterials/Nanoparticle for Energy Storage and Conversion.

Theme 2 - Mechanics of Nanomaterials: Different aspects of Mechanics (e.g.

Fracture, Friction) of various nanomaterials: Graphene and its derivatives,

Molybdenum Disulfides, and different other 2D nanomaterials and Transition

Metal Dichalcogenide (TMDC).

Theme 3 - Imperfections in Crystalline Solids: Modeling Dislocation Dynamics;

Phase Field methods for microstructure evolution.

Candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other research groups at NJIT and

many other institutions in all over the world.

Candidate’s background:

  • The position requires an undergraduate/master degree or equivalent within

Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry,

Civil/Mechanical/Aerospace/Chemical Engineering.

  • Candidate must be motivated for advanced research. S/he needs to have

persistence, perseverance, strong determination, and dedication.

  • Background in Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulation, Density Functional

Theory (DFT) is preferred – but not essential. Candidate should have strong

interest in learning MD, DFT and related tools (e.g. LAMMPS, VASP).

  • Strong coding skills in Matlab, C++, Shell scripting is preferred.

Funding: The position is fully funded (tuition fee, health insurance everything will be

covered). Candidate will be Teaching Assistant for one course for first four semesters.

S/he will receive monthly stipend of around $2000.

Travel Allowance: Candidate will be paid for travel and accommodation for at least two

international conferences every year (up to $2000/year).

Profile of the Project Supervisor: Dr. Dibakar Datta (

will supervise the candidate. Dr. Datta received his PhD from Brown University (2015)

and postdoctoral training at Stanford University (2015-2016).

Application: Interested candidates should send an email with detail CV to Dr. Dibakar

Datta (Email address: dibakar_datta@…6006…).

For any question about this position, candidate should contact Dr. Dibakar Datta by mail

or phone (+1 401 573 6817). For further detail, please visit his homepage: