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Postdoc Position | Mechanics of Slender Structures | EPFL | Switzerland

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We have a postdoc opening to be hosted in our fleXLab @ EPFL in the area of the mechanics of slender structures, with a combined focus on experiments and theory. The research will be done in collaboration with, and co-advised by both Pedro Reis (EPFL) and Basile Audoly (CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique, France). The project aims to use dimensional reduction procedures to develop predictive reduced-order descriptions of slender structures (rods, plates, or shells), with complex internal structure.

Further details about this position, including a link to the online application system, can be found at

Your profile: Candidates should have recently obtained or are about to receive a Ph.D. in Physics, or Mechanical/Civil/Aerospace Engineering, or related disciplines. The research is expected to involve a combination of laboratory work and theoretical modeling. Candidates are expected to have an affinity for collaborative work at the experiments-theory interface.

We offer: The successful postdoc will join a vibrant, collaborative, international, and diverse research team with interdisciplinary expertise in experimental, computational, and theoretical mechanics. The focus of research activity at the fleXLab is centered around curiosity-driven research in the general area of physics and mechanics of soft/compliant mechanical structures. The fleXLab is hosted at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and offers unique state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. The research of Basile Audoly focuses on theoretical mechanics, with a particular interest in nonlinear problems involving the coupling of elasticity and geometry. With Yves Pomeau, he has authored the book "Elasticity and Geometry" (Oxford University Press, 2010). 

More information about both of our research groups, including other active research themes, can be found in the following links: and

The following video of a combined talk (EML Webinar on July 15th) provides a series of examples of the collaborative work that we have done on related topics over the past few years:

Opportunities for involvement in the teaching of mechanics-related classes will be provided both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

Applications received by September 30th, 2020, will receive equal consideration and should include: (i) Cover letter, (ii) CV, (iii) Three contacts for references, and (iv) Copy of most significant publication to date. The expected start date is February 2021.

Warm regards,


Pedro Reis (EPFL) and Basile Audoly (Ecole Polytechnique)


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