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A funded Ph.D. position for flexible electronics print process

Date Posted Jul. 16, 2018
Title A funded Ph.D. position for flexible electronics print process
Department Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Application Deadline Sep. 1, 2018
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2018
  • Amherst, MA
    United States
  • Graduate Student
  • Robotics
    Mechanical Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Science

A funded Ph.D. position is available in the Intelligent Sensing Laboratory (ISL) in The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst. High priority will be given to highly qualified candidates who are available to start as early as September 2018. The ideal candidates will have a profound interest in both fundamental and applied research in Machine Design, Mechatronics, Precision Engineering, Metrology and Flexible Electronics Printing.

Research topics

  • Precision roll-to-roll (R2R) flexible electronics print process
  • Design of intelligent in-line inspection or sensing tools for R2R
  • Characterization and intelligent control of R2R manufacturing process

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. and M.S. in mechanical, electrical, computer engineering or computer science
  • Strong hand-on skills in machine design and mechanics of material
  • A burning desire to conduct both theoretical and experimental work
  • Highly self-motivated and persistent in solving practical experimental problems

Required skills

  • Mechanical and electrical (mechatronics) system design using 3D CAD design software such as Solidworks, manufacturing and implementation/ prototyping
  • Experiments design, data collection, processing, and analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Peer-reviewed conference and journal publications
  • Strong technical writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Familiar with soft materials

Note: your strong interest and hand-on experience to work on and solve practical mechatronics engineering problems will be more important for this lab than any skills and qualifications.

The successful applicants will join a vibrant team of students working in the Intelligent Sensing Lab that is focused on the translational machine intelligence and innovative sensing techniques for flexible electronics manufacturing. This is an exciting time to join because UMass is going through a substantial growth in the area of scale-up of intelligent flexible electronic manufacturing for low-cost, multi-function, wearable wireless sensor systems for personalized health care and biometric monitoring.

Interested students should follow the application guidelines and stipulated deadlines for the Graduate School at UMass Amherst (, and explicitly indicate in their statement of purpose that they are interested in working with Dr. Xian Du (
An early start in September 2018 is preferred for exceptional applicants who submit their application ASAP. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Prof. Xian Du as soon as possible at when submitting a formal application.

Emailing Instructions

  • Email Subject: Ph.D Application
  • Email to
  • In your email, please state the specific area you are interested in
  • Please include the following attachments to your email
    1. CV (curriculum vitae) 2. Undergraduate and graduate institutions and GPA (include unofficial transcripts) 3. Major courses taken 4. Major project or industry work experience, if available 5. List of peer-reviewed publications, if available

Contract Information Xian Du, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Director, Intelligent Sensing Laboratory The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) S421 Life Science Laboratories University of Massachusetts Amherst 240 Thatcher Road Amherst, MA 01003-9364 Email:

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Contact Information

  • Xian Du
    Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
    Umass Amherst
    S 421, 240 Thather Road
    Amherst, MA 01003


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