We are constantly seeking highly self-motivated individuals to join our research group. Interested individuals should have strong background in mechanics of solids (e.g., Elasticity, Continuum Mechanics, and Plasticity) and great enthusiasm in computational methods (e.g., Finite Elements, Peridynamics and other meshfree methods). Related research experience in computational nonlinear materials modeling (e.g., Plasticity and Creep) is a plus. The application process and additional university requirements on admission can be found at here. Successful individuals will be provided with competitive stipend, tuition wavier, and excellent health insurance package.

If you are interested in joining our group and think your background and previous research experience meet above listed basic requirements, please send Dr. Chen (hailong.chen@uky.edu) copies of your most recent CV and Transcripts, and a summary of your qualifications.


About the Mechanical Engineering Department:

Mechanical Engineering is the largest department in the College of Engineering with 34 tenured and tenure-track faculty and over 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. The college has state-of-the-art computational facilities, research labs, and classrooms. The department's faculty is engaged in federally funded research projects from agencies such as NSF, NIH, NASA, DOE, DOD, DARPA, NIST, and USDA. The department also has research centers and consortiums that collaborate extensively with industry. The department's externally funded research currently exceeds $13M/year.

About the University of Kentucky:

The University of Kentucky is a public land grant institution that prepares students for an increasingly diverse and technological world. The University offers a broad array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, many with national prominence. The University strives to nurture a true learning community - one that inspires academic growth and learning among faculty, staff, and students. The University’s research, scholarship, and creative activities support human and economic development through the expansion of knowledge and its applications in the sciences, social sciences, education, arts, humanities, business, and the professions.

About Lexington, KY

Located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region, Lexington is known around the globe as the “Horse Capital of the World”. The city is surrounded by green rolling hills and the perfectly manicured pastures of more than 450 horse farms. Lexington and the Bluegrass Region have four distinct seasons that include cool plateau breezes, moderate nights in the summer, and no prolonged periods of heat, cold, rain, wind, or snow. The city is ranked #3 Best City to Raise a Family, #21 Best Places to Live in America, and #31 Most Educated Cities in America.


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