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   Computational Science and Engineering Laboratory
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Graduate Studies

Postdoc Position Openings at MPDC (starting in Spring or Fall 2012)

MPDC announces a post doctoral position opening. The position is available immediately (starting date flexible) with a duration of two years. The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. in the area of uncertainty quantification (with concentration in mechanics, materials science, physics or chemistry) and a proven capacity for world-class research that is reflected in a strong publication record.

Experience in high performance computing is essential with specialization in at least one of the following areas: Solution of stochastic multiscale PDEs, high-dimensional modeling, Bayesian inference and machine learning.

Interested candidates should e-mail Prof. N. Zabaras attaching a professional CV that includes educational background, experience, and links to publications. The application should also include names, affiliation, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three individuals who could provide letters of reference, if needed.

Only applications with relevant background will receive full consideration and response.

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Position Openings (PhD program only) at MPDC

Several graduate research assistantships (GRAs) are available at MPDC for the academic year 2011-2012. All GRA positions are in the broad area of scientific computing and in particular target stochastic/statistical multiscale/multiphysics modeling and design of materials. We are looking for mature, professional and intelligent applicants from around the world who are highly self-motivated in pursuing a Ph.D. in the interface of computational mathematics and materials (please read carefully this document discussing the expected qualifications and academic credentials for successful applicants to our program, type of work conducted in our laboratory, and information about preparing your application). Complete information for applying to the Mechanical Engineering (ME) or the Aerospace Engineering (AE) or the Applied Mathematics (CAM) fields is available on the Cornell graduate school web site. Deadline for applying January 1, 2012 (ME and AE fields) and January 15, 2012 (CAM).

Three recommendation letters, academic transcripts, GRE General Test (GRE subject test in mathematics advised for applicants to the Appl. Math. field) and TOEFL scores, a resume indicating research experience and academic ranking, a research statement of purpose clearly addressing qualifications and interests for the open positions at MPDC, research publications (if any) and a non-refundable application fee are required for applying to Cornell's graduate program. Minimum TOEFL score requirements: reading (20), writing (20), listening (15), and speaking (22). For any additional information in applying to Mech. or Aero fields, please contact Marcia Sawyer who administers these fields. For information regarding applications to the Center for Applied Mathematics, contact us at this address.

Applicants are required to document their background, interests and competence to work in computationally intensive projects. They should have a demonstrated knowledge of C++, excellent undergraduate record in the broad area of applied mathematics and some exposure to probability and statistics. Applicants are required to have a B.S. degree in any area of engineering, applied mathematics or physics. Applicants with an M.S. degree and/or prior documented research experience in multiscale materials modeling are particularly encouraged to apply. We are aggressively recruiting qualified female and under-represented minority students.

Please note that due to time constraints applications that do not address directly their relevance to the advertised positions will not receive any response.

Those interested in these positions are required to apply online directly to the Cornell Graduate School as indicated above. For applicants to the ME or AE fields, select the area of `Engineering Materials'. For those applying to CAM, indicate in your statement of purpose your interest to work with us in computational sciences. Once your electronic submission is complete and in order to accelerate the review process, we recommend that you notify us via Email at this address.

Suggested Curriculum for Doctoral Studies

The main focus of our work is on the multiscale stochastic modeling and design of materials. All graduate students participating in this research are expected that, in addition to specializing in particular area(s) in the mechanics and physics of materials, will also acquire a strong background (effectively a minor) in mathematics, stochastic/statistical modeling and/or computational sciences.

The following includes a list of suggested readings for graduate students joining MPDC to identify potential graduate courses of interest. A key feature of our program is the requirement for all students to participate to some level of research activity immediately upon joining MPDC. This approach helps students to fine tune their courses to research objectives but mainly allows them for an early development of an independent & creative thinking needed for a successful researcher.

Suggested readings in Mechanics and Physics of Materials:

Suggested readings in Computational Mathematics, Statistics and Stochastic Modeling:

Suggested readings in Applied Mathematics and Stochastic Analysis: