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Ph.D. Positions in Mechanics of Soft Materials
Louisiana State University

Date Posted Apr. 6, 2022
Title Ph.D. Positions in Mechanics of Soft Materials
University Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Department Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Application Deadline Apr. 12, 2022
Position Start Date Aug. 15, 2022
  • Graduate Student
  • Structural Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Mechanics
    Civil Engineering
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

Job Description:
Two fully-funded Ph.D. positions are available in the research group of incoming assistant professor, 
Dr. Kshitiz Upadhyay, at Louisiana State University. The focus of Dr. Upadhyay’s group is to develop 
cutting edge experimental characterization and modeling capabilities for understanding the mechanics 
of soft materials for biomedical applications.
Out of the two open positions, one focuses on machine learning-based mechanical characterization 
and modeling of the human brain, and the other focuses on the mechanical behavior of soft materials 
under rapid loading conditions (via experiments). The PhD students will work closely with Dr. 
Upadhyay and will contribute to tackling problems that have significant and lasting implications in
areas at the interface of mechanics and biomedical sciences. The working environment will be highly 
supportive and collaborative. The expected start date is August 15th, 2022. For more details on the 
aforementioned research projects or any other inquiry, feel free to contact Dr. Upadhyay at

• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a 
related field. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master’s degree, and to those who have 
prior research experience.
• A strong understanding and/or experience in at least one of the following: (i) traditional solid 
mechanics (computational (e.g., FEA), theoretical, or experimental), (ii) biomechanics, (iii) datascience and machine learning.
• Coding experience in MATLAB or Python.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Application Instructions:
Motivated and interested candidates are encouraged to send an email with the title, “Prospective Ph.D. 
student”, to Dr. Upadhyay at (cc Elise Bridgewater (Graduate Coordinator): with the following information: (i) CV; (ii) Unofficial transcripts; (iii) A short 
letter of interest (limit to one-page) describing relevant experience, interest, and fit for the 
aforementioned research directions. The positions will remain open until filled, but candidates who 
can start from Fall 2022 will be given immediate consideration

  • Louisiana State University is an EO/EAE

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Dr. Kshitiz Upadhyay
    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA


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