Postdoc position: modeling friction across scales
Institute for Building Materials
Zurich
vor 5 Tg.

Job description

The postdoc position will focus on the nano / micro-scale origins of friction and its link to macroscale observations covering multiple length and time scales.

The research will be guided by questions such as : What are the effects of local randomness on macroscopic friction? Can we tailor surfaces for desired frictional properties?

What are the nanoscale properties that determine macroscale stability? Can we predict the frictional strength with artificial intelligence?

The research outcome is expected to advance our understanding of friction and its contributions to various applications including nano-technology, engineering mechanics and geophysical phenomena (glaciers, earthquakes, etc.

The candidate will develop numerical and theoretical models to study fundamental aspects related to these questions. This postdoc position provides opportunities to co-lead a research project on modeling friction, co-supervise graduate students, establish and lead collaborations with research partners, and to develop new ideas.

The position is available with starting dates as soon as possible.

Your profile

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in mechanics, physics, geophysics, material science or a related discipline. The candidate should have a strong background in computational modeling with discrete or continuum methods for solid mechanics.

Expertise in theoretical fracture mechanics or friction / tribology as well as substantial programming experience are desired.

Additionally, excellent communication skills in English (oral and written) are required.

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