The Chen group at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (http://sites.dartmouth.edu/zichen/) is currently looking for prospective PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting students/researchers. |
Dr. Zi Chen received his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University and is the first Society in Science-Branco Weiss fellow (http://www.society-in-science.org/zi-chen.html) from China. His research interests range from solid mechanics and material science to biomechanics and mechanobiology, covering such diverse topics as mechanical instabilities of materials, energy harvesting, stretchable electronics, biomimetic materials/devices, nanofabrication (e.g., nanowires, nanoribbons, and grapheme sheets), mechanics of morphogenesis in biological systems, cell biomechanics (e.g., epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and cancer cell migration), and mechanics of DNA structures. Dr. Chen’s research has been supported by Society in Science-Branco Weiss fellowship and National Institute of Health. Dr. Chen has published more than 26 papers in peer-reviewed journals including Physical Review Letters, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Applied Physics Letters, Soft Matter, Nanoscale, Europhysics Letters, Physical Review B, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solid, and Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A. His publications have been featured on the cover of Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Applied Physics Letters, Birth Defects Research Part C: Embryo Today, highlighted in Science, and selected as EPL Highlights of the year.
An ideal candidate should have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Material Science or any related field, with outstanding academic records (with a >=3.5 average GPA or some research publications). Prof. Chen strives to provide a stimulating environment with exciting and frontier research topics and excellent colleagues where the candidates can be trained to become outstanding independent researchers, with sufficient freedom to explore their own ideas while working on well-designed projects.
Outstanding candidate interested in the opening should send the full CV, GRE scores, transcripts, and the contact information of 2-3 references to Zi.Chen@Dartmouth.edu. The positions remain open until filled. Candidates are also encouraged to explore fellowship opportunities such as the PhD innovation fellowship at Dartmouth or another other fellowships (such as the CSC fellowship) which, if granted, will significantly increase the chance of getting admitted. Note that Dartmouth is establishing a joint funding program with CSC (CSC-Dartmouth joint funding program) for supporting graduate students from China. Applicants should indicated this joint program in their applications in order to increase the chance of getting funded.
Postdoctoral fellows with expertise in biology (developmental biology or cell biology), biomedical engineering, biomechanics, and/or engineering mechanics are preferred.Postdoctoral candidates should also send up to three representative publications to be considered. Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity that provides competitive salary with health benefits.
About Dartmouth College:
Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, ranked the 11th among all national universities by US News in 2015 and 2016. Dartmouth graduates have the highest median salary, $134,000, 10-20 years out of college. The Princeton Review ranked Dartmouth third in its "Quality of Life" category, and sixth for having the "Happiest Students." CNN and Money magazine rated Hanover the sixth best place to live in America in 2011, and the second best in 2007. Hanover was ranked as the best college town in 2014 (http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-college-towns/).
Dartmouth has one of the oldest professional schools of engineering (Thayer School of Engineering) in the country, which features a unified department of engineering sciences that fosters cross-disciplinary innovation in research and teaching. Graduate programs include the Master of Engineering Management (MEM), MS, PhD, dual degrees with The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and the nation's first PhD Innovation Program. Dartmouth also has a top-ranked Geisel School of Medicine and an extramurally funded Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
Starting from 2016, Thayer School of Engineering will offer a new graduate program, Master of Engineering (M.Eng)—for biomedical engineers already in the profession seeking to add depth to their knowledge or acquire new specialized knowledge, with the option of transferring to the MS or PhD program.