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PhD in Computational Materials Science at UCLA
University of California, Los Angeles

Date Posted Apr. 9, 2020
Title PhD in Computational Materials Science at UCLA
University University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Department Civil & Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Flexible start date
  • Graduate Student
  • Physics - Condensed Matter/Low Temperature
    Physics - General
    Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
    Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences
    Environmental Sciences/Ecology/Forestry
    Computer/Information Sciences
    Chemistry - Physical
    Chemistry - Inorganic
    Chemistry - Biochemistry
    Chemistry - General
    Sciences - General

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

Open positions:
The successful candidate(s) will apply atomistic simulations and machine learning to decipher the structure and properties of non-crystalline materials. Special focus is placed on closed-loop, integrated approaches, wherein simulations and machine learning mutually decipher, inform, and advance each other. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
1) Machine-learning-based interatomic forcefields,
2) High-throughput atomistic simulations to inform deep learning models, and,
3) Unsupervised machine learning to pinpoint hidden structural patterns in simulation outputs.

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:

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

  • A B.S. and/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,
  • Previous experience in atomistic simulations in mandatory,
  • Previous experience in machine learning and/or data analytics 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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