Postdoctoral Position in the Mechanics of Architected Granular Materials

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jul 2024

20 May 2024
Job Information
Organisation/Company

EPFL
Department

School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Field

Engineering
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)
Established Researcher (R3)
Country

Switzerland
Application Deadline

15 Jul 2024 - 12:00 (Europe/Zurich)
Type of Contract

To be defined
Job Status

Full-time
Hours Per Week

41
Offer Starting Date

1 Sep 2024
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

No

Offer Description

The Data-Driven Mechanics Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the area of granular mechanics to explore the effect of particle shape, contact topology and disorder on the effective material behavior. The objective of the project is to eventually harness these attributes to design architected granular materials with improved and tunable behavior. A two-pronged approach will be used that combines an experimental campaign (granular material 3D printing, static/dynamic testing) and a computational investigation (discrete element simulation). Depending on the candidate’s profile, more emphasis may be placed on either component. This interdisciplinary project bridges the gap between granular physics and materials science.

Main roles and responsibilities:
Research in this project involves a synergistic combination of numerical modeling, and
experimental investigation with the following key aspects:
- Development of DEM models of static and dynamic granular material behavior.
- Planning and execution of material fabrication and experimental campaign.
- Dissemination in journals and international conferences.


Requirements:
- PhD degree in Civil/Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Physics or related areas.
- Expertise in using and developing discrete element methods in low-level languages (C++).
- Expertise in experimental testing and digital image analysis.
- Ability to independently lead projects.
- Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).


We offer:
- World-class multi-cultural environment on the shores of beautiful Lake Leman.
- Innovative interdisciplinary research at the Data-Driven Mechanics Lab.
- Opportunity to supervise and mentor MSc and PhD students.
- Competitive salary and employment conditions.


Application procedure:
Please email a single PDF consisting of:
- Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages) that includes contact details of at least 2 referees,
- Research statement summarizing key past research contributions (max. 1 page)
to [email protected] , indicating in the subject “Postdoc Application MA-GM – Your Name” until July 15 th 2024. Applications will be evaluated in the order that they are received. For inquiries please contact Prof. Kostas Karapiperis at the same email.


Expected Start Date: September/October 2024
Duration: 2 years with possibility of extension (1-year fixed-term contract renewable annually according to EPFL rules)


Requirements
Research Field
Engineering
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

Additional Information
Website for additional job details

https://www.epfl.ch/labs/lmd/

Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
1
Company/Institute
EPFL
Country
Netherlands
City
Lausanne
Geofield


Where to apply
E-mail

[email protected]

Contact
City

Lausanne
Website

https://www.epfl.ch/labs/lmd/
Street

Rte Cantonale
Postal Code

1015

STATUS: EXPIRED

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