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Ph.D. position in Computational Mechanics at the University of Wyoming

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One or two funded Ph.D. positions are available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming, with the earliest starting date in Fall 2019. The candidates will join the research group of Dr. Xiang Zhang (new faculty to join in Fall 2019) working in the general area of multiscale/multiphysics computational mechanics. Particularly, self-motivated individual interested in working in one or multiple of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

 1) Crystal plasticity finite element modeling, with particular interest in fatigue initiation prediction in additively manufactured metals;

2) Modeling of microstructure evolution during metal additive manufacturing;

3) Thermo-chemo-mechanical modeling of polymer and polymeric composites curing process, with particular interest in its application in 3D printing;

4) Cohesive-zone and phase field model based damage modeling in metals and composites;

5) Multi-scale reduced-order modeling with particular interest in sensitivity analysis and microstructure design of fiber-reinforced composites.

Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree in civil, mechanical, or other related engineering field at the time of enrollment at UW. A strong background in computational mechanics, materials science of metals/composites, additive manufacturing, and/or programming experience is desired. Master’s degree is not required, but considered as a plus.

If interested, please contact Dr. Zhang at, with your CV and a brief description of prior research experiences and how your interests align with the research areas listed above. In your CV, please include: GPA, GRE test scores, and publication list if avaiable. Minimum GRE scores for admission are Q 155 and V 140. A minimum score of TOEFL is 76 if applicable. Evaluation will start immediately until filled. For fall 2019 consideration, the candidate is encouraged to contact Dr. Zhang as soon as possible.

A list of publications and background about Dr. Xiang Zhang can be found at:


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Edited 09/12/2019

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