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University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date Posted 10/14/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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How to Apply

Please submit your application together with all relevant enclosures via email to indicate “U-M Postdoc Application – Your Name” in the subject line.

The following documents must be included in your application:1. Cover letter2. Curriculum vitae including a list of publications3. All transcripts4. Three references (including last supervisor, and Ph.D. and M.S. advisors if applicable.)Please indicate the relationship to the references.5. Brief (one page) research statement describing their previous research accomplishments.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found - while the start date is flexible, the target is as soon as possible.


Post-doctoral research fellow positions are available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, working with Aerospace Engineering, and Physics departments at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The postdoctoral researchers will work with Professors Serife Tol, Ellen Arruda, Xiaoming Mao, and Anthony Waas on a new project sponsored by DARPA. 

These postdoctoral researchers will be collectively mentored by the aforementioned faculty members on the team. The work spans a wide range of fundamental questions and new techniques around the central goal of vibration isolation and stabilization of novel space structures. Examples of projects involve development of new techniques and structural design concepts, validation of measurements, topological mechanical metamaterial designs, and fabrication via advanced manufacturing. 

The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the development of novel metamaterial technologies and publications, and collaborate with the partners involved in the project. There will be opportunities to work in an innovative area and present work to sponsors and at conferences to a larger audience.

Required Qualifications*

The ideal candidates will have experience in one or more of the following fields: structural dynamics, mechanical vibrations, wave propagation, metamaterials, topological mechanics, phononic crystals, prototype design, experimental testing, signal processing, and advanced manufacturing. Previous experience with vibration and wave propagation testing, COMSOL (or similar Finite Element) software, metamaterials, or advanced manufacturing is a plus. A strong publication record is expected and an excellent work ethic is a must.

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.  .

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering  component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: college/about/diversity  .

Contact Information

For further information, please contactProf. Serife TolAssistant ProfessorMechanical Engineering, University of Michigan3674 G.G. Brown Building, 2350 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125Email:

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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