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Job ID: 204984

Drexel University

Date Posted Feb. 3, 2023
University Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Application Deadline Mar. 2, 2023
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Structural Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Mechanics
    Civil Engineering

Job Summary

The Multiscale Computational Mechanics and Biomechanics Lab (MCMB Lab) at Drexel University is seeking for two immediate postdoctoral positions to conduct research on modeling fracture and healing phenomena in autonomous self-healing concrete structures. Looking for motivated postdoctoral candidates with great communication skills interested in computational damage/healing analysis to develop computational frameworks.

Essential Functions

  • Computational damage/healing analysis to develop computational frameworks for: multiscale reduced-order fracture modeling of vascular cementitious composites, modeling of stress corrosion cracking in steel-reinforced concrete structures, coupled/uncoupled damage-healing modeling of self-healing concretes.
  • Working with experimental collaborators to Validate the models.
  • Writing scientific reports and peer-review articles.
  • Presenting the works in academic conferences and sponsor-supported meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. or Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering or a directly related field is required.
  • 1-2 years minimum related experience is required.
  • Strong interest in computational mechanics and fracture mechanics.
  • Experience in multiscale modeling of fracture in composite materials.
  • Proficiency in programming (C/C++ and high-level programming languages such as Python
    or MATLAB).
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • An ability to work collaboratively with group members, collaborators, and industrial
  • Demonstrated ability to perform research and publish results in peer-reviewed literature.
  • An ability to work immediately in the United States.
  • Some travel is expected for meetings, workshops, and conferences.

Preferred Qualifications

• Background in Generalized/eXtended FEM (e.g., GFEM, XFEM, N/IGFEM).
• Background in reduced-order modeling (e.g., eigendeformation-based reduced-order
Homogenization Method (EHM)).
• Background in explicit/implicit fracture analysis (e.g., crack modeling using FEM,
continuum damage, phase-field method).
• Knowledge of fracture phenomenon in cementitious composite materials.

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table


  • University City

Additional Information

This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of J. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Please review the Benefits Brochure for some information on our benefits offerings.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

  • Please make sure you upload your CV/resume, transcripts, and cover letter (2-page limit, please) when submitting your application.  You may address your cover letter to Professor Ahmad Raeisi Najafi, PC Chou Assistant Professor, at

Additional Required Documents

  • Please also provide contact information for three references in support of your application in your CV. 

The review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.



Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a world‐class, comprehensive, R1 research institution and a global leader in experiential education. For more than 100 years, our renowned Cooperative Education (co-op) program has enabled students to gain professional work experience before they graduate, setting them apart from their peers.

Committed to becoming the nation’s most civically engaged university, Drexel supports engagement along three dimensions: research and academic programs that directly benefit communities, business practices that support equitable local and regional economic development, and public service by students, faculty, and staff. Our engagement is long‐term, multigenerational, and fundamental to the University’s mission, heritage, and future.

At Drexel, we are devoted to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes healthy lifestyles and is based on integrity, trust, and respect. We center equity, inclusion, and belonging, and incorporate an anti‐racism approach to our strategic plan, organizational systems, policies, and structures.

Drexel offers its highly engaged faculty and professional staff a comprehensive and world‐class benefits package that includes generous vacation and paid time off as applicable (including civic engagement days), up to an 11% 403(b) Retirement Plan match with immediate vesting, and remote and flexible work options for many roles. Our exceptional medical plans include domestic partner and fertility assistance and our award‐winning A Healthier U wellness program. In addition, faculty and professional staff at Drexel enjoy free tuition for themselves and their dependents for Drexel degree programs, certification, and non‐certification programs. And as part of the tuition offering to employees, Drexel participates in a tuition exchange program for dependents with other higher education institutions. These are just a sample of our extensive benefits offerings. Please see this Benefits Brochure for more information.

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Contact Information

  • Professor Ahmad Raeisi Najafi
    Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
    Drexel University
    3141 Chestnut St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • (215) 571-4578


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