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PhD position in Multi-Scale Modeling of Glass Mechanics
University of California, Los Angeles

Date Posted Mar. 7, 2019
Title PhD position in Multi-Scale Modeling of Glass Mechanics
University University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Department Physics of Amorphous and Inorganic Solids Laboratory
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Summer 2019
  • Graduate Student
  • Physics - Condensed Matter/Low Temperature
    Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences
    Chemistry - Inorganic

The Physics of AmoRphous and Inorganic Solids Laboratory (PARISlab) at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is seeking some outstanding candidates for an open Ph.D. position. Special emphasis is placed on recruiting talented, self-motivated candidates with a solid background in materials science and engineering and/or mechanical engineering.

Open positions:
The successful candidate will conduct some simulations at different scales to model the mechanical behavior of glasses-with the objective of accelerating the discovery of novel glasses with enhanced mechanical properties (e.g., for smartphone cover screens). Modeling techniques of interest include but are not limited to: (i) atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, (ii) microstructure-level peridynamics simulations, (iii) continuum-level finite element simulations, and (iv) data-driven machine learning modeling. Special focus will be placed on understanding the physics governing the response to indentation/scratching of homogeneous and heterogeneous glasses.

The candidate will work in the group of Prof. Bauchy at UCLA, in strong collaboration with other computational students/postdocs in PARISlab and experimental students/postdocs/faculty in the Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction Materials (LC2). We are specialized in the modeling of disordered materials of engineering interest, but active collaboration with other research groups (Penn State University, Aalborg University, Arizona State University) focusing on the experimental aspects of these projects is encouraged and expected. More information can be found at: and

Required qualifications:
For consideration, applicants should possess the following qualifications or attributes:

  • A B.S. or M.S. degree from a reputable university in a related thematic,
  • An interest in pursuing a research career,
  • A fundamental understanding of materials science and engineering,
  • A strong interest in programming and computational approaches is mandatory,
  • Previous experience in multi-scale simulations and/or machine learning is a plus,
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team,
  • An interest in working in a fast-paced research environment.

Applicants with relevant experience will be given special preference. The successful candidates will be expected to take personal initiative to structure tasks to meet project goals, network and communicate with other partners involved in the project, mentor undergraduate students, author high-impact publications, and report results at international conferences. The positions are funded for a period of 3-to-5 years.

How to apply:
If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this position, please provide by email ( a detailed resume, a short personal statement explaining your scientific and research interests, and contact information for three referees in support of your application (as PDF files). Recruitment will remain open until the positions are filled.

Prof. Mathieu Bauchy –
Physics of AmoRphous and Inorganic Solids Laboratory (PARISlab)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles
420 Westwood Plaza, 5731E Boelter Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

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Contact Information

  • Prof. Bauchy
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, Los Angeles
    420 Westwood Plaza, 5731 Boelter Hall
    Los Angeles, CA 90095


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