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Openings at Bioinspired Materials and Structures Lab of USC

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Openings at Bioinspired Materials and Structures Lab of USC

The Bioinspired Materials and Structures Laboratory at Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Southern California is seeking two highly motivated Ph.D. students from 2016 spring or fall semester: one with mechanics background and another with background in microorganism. Our research is focused on mechanics of active materials and structures (physically sensitive materials, soft materials, biomaterials and lightweight structures) and biofouling management (biofilm mechanics, biomedical devices and water treatment). We take experimental, theoretical and computational approaches, and seamlessly integrate modern additive manufacture technology (3D printing) with solid mechanics. The projects will have great potential impact in addressing grand engineering challenges, ranging from better urban infrastructure, clean water, air pollution, carbon sequestration to personalized medicine.

Qualified applicants should have a B.S. or M.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Polymer Science or related fields. Candidates with course or research background in additive manufacture, solid mechanics, structural mechanics/design, mechanics of materials or polymer physics/chemistry are highly encouraged to apply. Proficiency in ABAQUS, SolidWorks or Labview is a plus, but not required. The qualified students (Ph.D. positions) will be provided with full financial support, and systematically trained in clear research paths to be future independent researchers. The potential candidates can refer to the BMSL website (, and send resume and contact information of three references to Dr. Qiming Wang via The positions will be open until filled.

Qiming Wang is Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Southern California. Originally from China, he obtained B.S. degree from Fudan University in 2010. Thereafter, he owned Ph.D. degree from Duke University in 2014, and subsequently experienced one-year postdoctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He won MRS Graduate Student Award, ASME Best Student Paper Award, NSF-PACAM Fellowship, NIH-Duke Lew Pre-doctoral Fellowship and Kewaunee Student Achievement Award. His research was widely reported by Discovery, Washington Post, BBC Focus, NBC News, Wall Street Journal, Physics Today, NSF News, Duke News, and MIT News.


Cai Shengqiang's picture

Hi Qiming, 

Congratulations for the new position! 


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