Job ID: 173090

PhD positions in computational mechanics and scientific machine learning

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

  • Nov. 21, 2021
  • PhD positions in computational mechanics and scientific machine learning
  • Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Open until filled
  • Fall 2022
  • Graduate Student
  • Structural Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Mechanics
    Computer Science
    Civil Engineering
Fully funded PhD positions are available in Dr. Qizhi He’s Computational Mechanics Group at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN). The expected start date is Fall 2022 (or Spring 2022). The successful candidate will work with Dr. He on the research areas that involve Multiscale Materials Modeling, Meshfree Methods, Mechanistic Machine Learning, Data-Driven Computing, and Structural Optimization. Primary research topics include but are not limited to:
1. Machine learning / deep learning for computational mechanics;
2. Meshfree methods for multiscale modeling, optimization, and design of advanced materials
3. Scientific machine learning and reduced order modeling for large scale civil, energy and environmental systems

The desired candidate should have
1. B.S. or M.S. in civil/mechanical/aerospace engineering, engineering mechanics, applied mathematics, physics, computer science, material science, or a related discipline. A master’s degree with project experience is a plus.
2. Strong background and interest in computational mechanics, solid mechanics, and numerical modeling & simulation.
3. Experience with the finite element analysis of nonlinear solid materials, meshfree method, topology optimization, and machine learning would be a strong plus.
4. Good communication skills including presentation skills, academic writing.
5. Programming experience (Fortran, C++, Python, MATLAB, etc.) is highly desired.

How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to email Dr. He (qzhe 'at' with a cover letter (no more than 1 page) briefly describing your research experience and interests, a latest CV, the contact information for 3 references, and Transcripts. English test scores (foreign applicants) are also encouraged to provide in CV or as email attachments in PDF format. This and any other specific inquiries should be addressed with “PhD Application 2022 - - ” in the subject line.

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Deadline: Open until filled. Please note that the deadline for graduate student application for the Fall 2022 semester is December 3, 2021. In your application, please select Structural Engineering track and mention my name as faculty of interest.

About the Twin Cities:
The Twin Cities, i.e., Minneapolis-Saint Paul, is the 16th largest metropolitan area in U.S. with a population of about 3.6 million according to 2020 census estimate. The cosmopolitan area is a balanced commercial, industrial, educational, and cultural center, and functions much as one city. With numerous lakes and extensive park systems for outdoor recreation, the Twin Cities is shaded by luxuriant trees and have lovely scenery of the four seasons. The Twin Cities is also the home of fine art museums, renowned restaurants, the world-class Guthrie Theater, Mall of America, and more than 10 Fortune Global 500 companies. According to the U.S. News & World Report and Niche's rankings, Minneapolis is one of the top 25 best cities to live in America.

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