Postdoctoral Research Associate in Kinetic Structures Lab (postdoc)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Notre Dame, INDIANA
Job Type: FullTime

Position Information

Job Title Postdoctoral Research Associate in Kinetic Structures Lab (postdoc)
Job Description

“The Kinetic Structures Laboratory (KSL) is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Associate to investigate the behavior and design of steel and prestressed concrete bridges, including accelerated construction and fabrication approaches. The KSL, directed by Dr. Ashley P. Thrall, is dedicated to investigating the behavior, design, and optimization of kinetic civil infrastructure utilizing numerical and experimental approaches. Kinetic bridges, shelters, and buildings include modular systems, which are rapidly movable and deployable. These structures are critical for effective humanitarian responses following disasters, successful military operations, and accelerated construction of civil infrastructure. A recent research interest has also included field monitoring of bridges. This 1,200-ft2 facility includes computational (dedicated high performance computational servers), rapid prototyping (laser cutter, 3D printer), and experimental testing (Digital Image Correlation, conventional instrumentation, hydraulic actuators) equipment.

Current and recent projects of the KSL include:
• designing rapidly deployable origami-inspired shelters;
• developing new approaches to rapidly erect bridge systems;
• performing topology optimization on modular structures;
• and investigating prefabricated high-strength rebar systems with high-performance concrete for accelerated construction of nuclear concrete structures.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in structural, mechanical, or architectural engineering.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience in one or more of the following fields: finite element modeling; field monitoring; experimental testing; optimization.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Full-time position; Start date is February – April 2020; Applications will be reviewed starting January 10, 2020; Apply with cover letter, detailed resume, and contact information for three references to Rebecca Fitzmaurice at

Department Dean's Office - Graduate School (43000)
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Pay ID Semi-Monthly
FLSA Status P1 - Postdoc
Job Category Other
Job Type Full-time
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Posting Detail Information

Job Posting Date (Campus) 12/19/2019
Job Posting Date (Public) 12/19/2019
Job Closing Date 03/04/2020
Posting Type Open To All Applicants
Posting Number S19954

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