Interested undergraduates, graduate students, or prospective postdocs may contact Karen Daniels about research opportunities. NC State students should consider applying for a Undergraduate Research Grant , and/or speak to me in person about other research opportunities during the school year. Prospective graduate students should visit the Graduate Programs webpage for information about how to apply to the PhD program in the NC State Physics Department.
We invite applications for a postdoctoral position to conduct research on granular materials and solid foams, using the tools of network science. The aim of the project is to advance our understanding of disordered mechanical metamaterials: objects built out of smaller parts, so that the bulk material properties are tunable based on how the building blocks are assembled. We seek to understand how the network of connections between the components not only controls whether the material is stable, but also the flow of energy, fluids, or electricity. The project will involve performing experiments on granular materials (optical measurements provide the contact forces, as shown below) and/or 3D printed foams with the contact network known in advance. In concert with the experiments, we will develop network science tools as a framework for a quantitative understanding of the results. Dynamic properties such as fracture, transport, or signal propagation are also of interest, and the ideal candidate will bring their own ideas about what specific research directions to take.
For more information, please contact Karen Daniels.
Undergraduates participate in laboratory research through one of several possible channels: for credit as an independent study (PY499, necessary for Honors but also open to others), via an Undergraduate Research Award, paid as a federal work-study job, or as paid research assistant through one of our lab's research grants. Topics could be drawn from any of the research projects listed on our website.
For Fall 2016, I anticipate having one paid position to perform experiments on living fluids. The project aim is to characterize how fluctuations inside a material control its rigidity/flowability by characterizing the degree of activity inside a colony of small arthropods. The position is to build and trouble-shoot a new diffusing wave spectroscopy setup in the lab, and then use it to conduct experiments. You would have an opportunity to work with lasers, digital image-processing, and the care and feeding of millions of arthropods.