Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Metamaterials for Mechanical Computation

Location of Position: West Lafayette, IN

Employing Institution: Purdue University

Description of Position: A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available at the Programmable Structures Lab of the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in the area of metamaterials with intrinsic computation from deformations. In Nature, physical processes conduct computation. This is in contrast to classic digital computation models in which calculation is abstracted in mathematical or logic notions, away from physical substrates. Concretely, the postdoctoral associate will focus on modelling dynamical processes to design metamaterials that accomplish computation as a result of deformation driven processes. For example, arising from pressure or contact loads on structures. The position will be conducted in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment in close cooperation with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. The position is for two years and will be filled as soon as possible.

Minimum Qualifications: The position will be conducted in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment in close cooperation with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Engineering or closely related area(s), with a strong background in nonlinear finite element analysis and mechanical instability. Previous experience with mechanical metamaterials, machine learning, and 3-D printing processing will be advantageous and applicants with such background are encouraged to apply. Strong oral and written communication skills are essential, as evidenced by refereed journal publications and conference presentations.

Application Procedure: Please send a detailed curriculum vitae, very brief statements of research interests and experience, names and complete contact information of three professional references to Professor Andres F. Arrieta at [email protected] Please clearly explain the details of your nonlinear FE modelling and mechanical stability expertise, including development of in-house codes and/or working with commercial codes.
Contact Information: Please contact Andres F. Arrieta (see above)

Website: https://engineering.purdue.edu/ProgrammableStructures/
Closing Date: 12/31/2019