PhD positions available in computational mechanics (nano and macro) starting Fall 2020

Multiple PhD positions are now available in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont starting Fall 2020. Successful candidates will be under the supervision of Dr. Jihong Ma. Dr. Ma’s research focuses on understanding the physical properties of materials with complex structures at multiple scales (from nano- to macroscale) via a combination of theoretical analysis, numerical simulations and experimental characterizations. The goal is to uncover or enhance material performance characteristics for industrial, medical, and aerospace applications. Interested topics include computational nanomaterials and mechanical metamaterials. Programming experience and a strong mathematical background is required. Research experience with DFT, DFTB, MD and/or MM is preferred but not required for the position in nanomaterials. FEM experience is strongly preferred for the position in metamaterials. Students with background in physics, materials science, chemistry, mechanics, engineering and mathematics are welcome to apply. Applicants with master’s degree are preferred. Master’s and undergraduate students, visiting scholars and students are also welcome to join us.

If interested, please contact Dr. Ma at maxxx552[at]umn[dot]edu with your CV (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests (with a specific area of research), course transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information of two references. International students should also meet the minimum requirements of English proficiency (TOEFL>100 or IELTS>7.0 to qualify for funding, and TOEFL>90 or IELTS>6.5 for graduate admission. Please visit for more details). Please also attach your TOEFL or IELTS scores if you are an international applicant. For more information, please visit the group webpage. The deadline for Fall 2020 application is 2/1/2020. Please contact Dr. Ma and complete the online application before the deadline.

*Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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