PhD Studentship in Computational Mechanics of Low-Density 3-D Woven Micro-Lattice Materials

By Stefan on February 19, 2015 in Job, Research

The Project

WovenMatSimulationSmallWe are looking for candidates who are interested in multi-physical simulations and optimization.  Since the project will involve computer simulations, applicants with enthusiasm for programming and numerical modeling will be preferred. The student will play the central role in the collaboration between my group and our academic partners in the US.

This project will focus on the development of a novel micro-lattice material that combines structural and electromagnetic features. Specifically, the project will investigate design and optimization of a low-density, micro-lattice structure to achieve stiffness in line with structural materials, while allowing for the generation of electromagnetic forces by the micro-lattice material.

Metallic woven material

Micro lattices are manufactured through deposition of various thin-film materials on sacrificial polymer lattice templates. However, 3-D printing and 3-D weaving can be also employed to create lattice materials at larger scales (with features in microns).  This project will concentrate on modeling of 3-D woven micro-lattice materials. Particular focus will be on how to use computational tools to create a new class of tunable materials. Multi-physical features of low-density architectured materials offer an opportunity for multiple functions in a single part such as stiffness, damping, and electromagnetic properties.

Person Specification

Stefan_lab_teachingYou will have a background in Structural or a related field (e.g. Mechanical Engineering) and interest or background in physics with emphasis on electromagnetic phenomena. An inquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits are desirable.


  • University degree, preferably (but not limited to) structural engineering, solid mechanics, physics, or computer science,
  • Interest to use simulation tools such as LS-DYNA and ANSYS,
  • Interest in optimization (e.g. Matlab toolboxes),
  • Familiarity with at least one programming language such as Python, Fortran, Perl, Java, C, Matlab or similar,
  • Sound background in solid and structural mechanics,
  • Excellent English, communication and team-working skills.


  • Experience with LS-DYNA, ANSYS or equivalent FEA packages,
  • Familiarity with or willingness to use high-performance computing (HPC) using Linux and computer scripts for automation of repetitive tasks,
  • Solid understanding of mathematics (matrices, vectors),
  • Willingness and/or some experience with small-scale material tests.

This project offers an excellent opportunity to join a vibrant research group and to develop/learn computational mechanics with a focus on multi-physical applications of novel materials. The University of Surrey is the top 10 university in the UK according to the Guardian league table, and it is located in the sought after place in Guildford, with a fast-train connection (40 min) to central London.

The Award

The scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per year and UK/EU tuition fees. This studentship is funded by the European Commission. This scholarship can be awarded to an overseas-fee paying student if the fee difference between the EU and overseas fee is funded by other sources. The studentship is for three years starting in October 2015.

How to apply

Please send your application to Dr Stefan Szyniszewski:

The application shall include:

  1. Brief cover letter/explanation how you satisfy project requirements;
  2. Detailed CV, including published work such as your journal and/or conference papers;
  3. Copy of your current academic transcript;
  4. Names and contact information for references. You may also want to include copies of your awards and language certificates to enhance your application.

Please quote the following reference in your email subject and application: EU/LatticeMaterial.


This studentship will be supervised by Dr Stefan Szyniszewski. Informal inquiries before making an application may be addressed to:

Closing date

Applications will be accepted until the position is closed.

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About the Author

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Assistant Professor and Structural Engineer at the University of Surrey, educated at the Johns Hopkins University. Simulated materials and structures to understand their behavior and optimize their functions.


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