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Postdoc in Mechanics and geometry of thin and slender structures 1008833

Applications are invited for a 2 year (1+1) postdoctoral position with a background in theoretical and computational mechanics, soft condensed matter physics, or Applied Mathematics.

This project focuses on uncovering mathematical descriptions for use in the Japanese art of paper cutting, namely Kirigami, and Reticulated Structures. The research question is on how optimal geometric design leads to remarkable mechanical performance. Driven by a wide range of applications, materials with novel structural properties will be designed for diverse functionalities, which is of particular interest in the growing field of smart materials, where mechanical requirements must be satisfied while meeting sustainability and economic criteria. These are timely issues and most efficiently addressed by going beyond the ordinary properties of matter, towards engineered geometrical selection allowing the control of bulk properties. This is central to this work and we are looking for a candidate who is excited to contribute to the discovery of the next generations of advanced materials.

The position is available from 1, January 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter.

An ideal candidate must have a strong background in theoretical mechanics and/or applied mathematics, with a good knowledge about the mechanics of thin and slender structures (plates, shells, and rods), stability theory, and homogenization. Experience with analytical modeling, finite element/discrete element simulations, and willingness to take on activities involving table-top experimental mechanics are required. Knowledge of differential and computational geometry, 3D printing, Topology Optimization, and/or AUTO continuation software will be a plus. The successful candidate is expected to conduct an ambitious research program and engage in the interdisciplinary research with local and international groups. The initial appointment will be for one year with a possible one-year extension depending on the performance.

The Engineering Department, www.eng.au.dk, within the faculty of science and technology (ST) Denmark promotes and develops Engineering research and education at Aarhus University. The Department undertakes engineering research and education within classical engineering disciplines (Mechanical, IT, civil and architectural, Chemical and biotechnology) in close collaboration with other departments at ST and the School of Engineering at ST. Department of Engineering offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary research environment with many national and international collaborators in science and industry. Therefore, the Department seeks exceptional innovative and visionary engineering researchers to be part of this build-up to strengthen and develop the Mechanical Engineering section at Aarhus University. For further information, please contact the head of ME section, Prof. Henrik M. Jensen (hmj@eng.au.dk).

Educational qualifications
The applicant must hold a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics or a related discipline and has strong written and communication skills in English and a demonstrated publication record.

Application should contain a cover letter, describing how your experience and background meet the requirements for this position, CV, publication list, and name and contact information of two references.

Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Further information
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact assistant prof. Marcelo A. Dias (madias@eng.au.dk) for further information.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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