University of California Los Angeles, Structures-Computer Interaction Lab

Position ID:University of California Los Angeles-Structures-Computer Interaction Lab-POSTDOC1 [#21590]
Position Title: University of California Los Angeles, Mechanics of Soft Materials Lab
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Los Angeles, California 90095, United States Minor Outlying Islands [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Mechanical Engineering / Mechanics of Materials
Appl Deadline:2022/06/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/04/07, finished 2022/12/03, listed until 2022/10/01)
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Postdoc opening at UCLA There is an immediate opening of a postdoctoral researcher in the Mechanics of Soft Materials Lab ( in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The research will be on experimental mechanics of soft materials, and fabrication of soft machines. The successful candidate should have a PhD degree with expertise in experimental polymer materials. Experience on synthesis of hydrogels or elastomers, characterization of soft materials, and additive manufacturing is preferred. Interested applicants may send their CV with three references to Professor Lihua Jin (

About the PI Lihua Jin is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining UCLA in 2016, she was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University. In 2014, she obtained her PhD degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Fudan University in 2006 and 2009. Jin’s group conducts research on mechanics of soft materials, stimuli-responsive materials, instability and fracture, soft robotics, and biomechanics. Lihua was the winner of Haythornthwaite Research Initiative Grant from American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2016, Extreme Mechanics Letters Young Investigator Award in 2018, Hellman Fellowship in 2019, UCLA Faculty Career Development Award in 2020, and NSF CAREER Award in 2021.

About the lab Soft materials are capable of large deformation, and have mechanical properties comparable to those of biological tissues. Recent developments in soft materials are enabling the rise of soft robotics, stretchable electronics, and biomechatronics. Through the integration of analytical modeling, computational simulations and experiment, the Mechanics of Soft Materials Lab aims to investigate the fundamental physics and mechanics of soft materials, such as their constitutive behavior, nonlinear deformation, instability, and fracture. On the other hand, the lab strives to develop new materials, structures, and functions for soft robotics and stretchable electronics. Please visit for more information.

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