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PhD Position Immediately Available in Nanomechanics/Computational Materials Science

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The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering ( at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (, United States has immediate opening for one fully funded PhD position. The position will start from Fall 2016 (September 2016). Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible.

Research Description: Selected student will primarily work on Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics. S/he will have the liberty to select suitable projects of his/her

 interest from different topics :

- Modeling of Energy Systems: Molecular Dynamics and Density Functional Theory simulation of energy systems e.g. Lithium-ion Battery, Nanomaterials/Nanoparticle for Energy Storage and Conversion.

Mechanics of Nanomaterials: Different aspects of Mechanics (e.g. Fracture, Friction) of various nanomaterials: Graphene and its derivatives,

Molybdenum Disulfides, and different other 2D nanomaterials and Transition Metal Dichalcogenide (TMDC).

 - Modeling Defects  in Crystalline Solids: Modeling Dislocation Dynamics; Phase Field methods for microstructure evolution.

Candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other research groups at NJIT and many other institutions in all over the world.

Candidate’s background: 

- The position requires an undergraduate/master degree or equivalent within Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Civil/Mechanical/Aerospace/Chemical Engineering.

- Candidate must be motivated for advanced research. S/he needs to have persistence, perseverance, strong determination, and dedication.

 - Background in Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulation, Density Functional Theory (DFT) is preferred – but not essential. Candidate should have strong

interest in learning MD, DFT and related tools (e.g. LAMMPS, VASP).

 - Strong coding skills in Matlab, C++, Shell scripting is preferred.

Funding: The position is fully funded (tuition fee, health insurance everything will be covered). Candidate will be Teaching Assistant for one course for first four semesters. S/he will receive monthly stipend of around $2000.

Travel Allowance: Candidate will be paid for travel and accommodation for at least two international conferences every year (up to $2000/year).

Location : NJIT is located near New York City and Philadelphia. 

Contact : Interested candidates should send an email  to Dr. Dibakar Datta (Email address:



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