University of California Los Angeles, Structures-Computer Interaction Lab

Position ID:University of California Los Angeles-Structures-Computer Interaction Lab-POSTDOC [#16946]
Position Title: Postdoctoral position in applied math/mechanics/machine learning
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Los Angeles, California 90095, United States
Subject Areas: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering / Dynamics/Vibrations/Control
Civil and Environmental Engineering / Structural Mechanics
Artificial Intelligence
Mechanical Engineering / Mechanics
Machine Learning / Machine Learning (more...)
Appl Deadline:2020/10/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/09/23, listed until 2020/10/31)
Position Description:    

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We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with a background in applied mathematics/theoretical mechanics/computational science/machine learning, to work at the intersection of mechanics and machine learning (ML). No proven record in ML is necessary, as long as the candidate has a solid analytical and computational background, and has the confidence and a track record to quickly master analytical and software tools in new fields. The postdoctoral fellow will be jointly supervised by Prof. M. Khalid Jawed (Structures-Computer Interaction Laboratory of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and Prof. Vwani Roychowdhury (Complex Networks Group of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering). Both the groups are located at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The research project aims to use a combination of machine learning and discrete differential geometry for simulation and inverse design of flexible and/or programmable structures. Some envisaged applications are in deployable systems, soft robotics, advanced manufacturing, simulation and modeling of biological structures, and computer aided animation.


- Experience with computer programming (C/C++) and Unix-based operating systems. The postdoctoral fellow will be working with a codebase written in C++. He/she will be extensively using remote clusters

- Experience with mathematical tools in theoretical mechanics/computational science/theoretical machine learning

- PhD in engineering, sciences, or mathematics from a renowned university (students in their final year of doctoral program are also eligible)

- At least undergraduate-level understanding of solid and structural mechanics

The position is intended to be for two years to allow for significant progress in the project and in the career development of the candidate. The initial appointment, however, will be for one-year, with a performance evaluation and possible extension for a second year. Start date is flexible.

Applications should be emailed to and Please submit the following documents as a SINGLE PDF document: (i) one-page cover letter (including names of at least two referees), (ii) detailed CV, and (iii) two sample publications. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

UCLA is located in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, close to the Pacific Ocean, mountains, forests as well as the hubs for aerospace and entertainment industries.

Below is a list of representative publications that the candidate should be able to read, understand, and implement.


(1) Representative publication on DDG:

(2) Representative publication on ML:

(3) Representative publication on inverse design:

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420 Westwood Plaza,
MAE Dept EIV 46-147E,
Los Angeles, CA 90095,
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