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Postdoctoral Position

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.

The position is available for two years and would ideally start by the end of 2015. Raleigh is one of the vertices of the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, home to many major technology companies and a vibrant cultural scene. For more information on the research group, please browse this website.

To apply, please visit jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/57471 to upload your CV and a short cover letter. The cover letter should briefly describe your research interests and provide contact information for 2-3 references. Review of the applications will begin Sep 8, and continue until the position is filled.



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