Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunities

  • PI: Claire Hur, Johns Hopkins University

    The Hur research lab is seeking a postdoctoral fellow starting as soon as possible to study the nonlinear migration of soft-object in inertial microfluidics. The lab focuses on developing innovative microfluidic techniques for basic biology and diagnostic applications. See the group’s website (https:// for research topics.

    The individual will have completed a Ph.D. in a related field (e.g. Mechanical or Chemical Engineering) and preferably experience with microfabrication, chemical synthesis, or computational fluidic dynamics.

    Suitable candidates must also have excellent communicational skills and must be highly motivated individuals. An interested applicant should send his/her curriculum vitae, list of two or three references, and a cover letter describing research skills, interest, goals, experience, and contact information to:

    Soojung Claire Hur, Ph.D.

    Please indicate “Hur lab postdoc position” in the subject/title of your email and attach the application as a single pdf file.

  • PI’s: Vicky Nguyen, Johns Hopkins University and Aaron Forster, NIST

    The Mechanical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on a project with the Security Technologies Group in the Material Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD.

    This opportunity relates to the development of novel metrologies to study the dynamic response of soft, non-linear materials subjected to impacts of up to 15 m/s and 150 J. Material systems include foams, elastomers, additively-manufactured meta-material structures, and jamming fluids. Relevant applications include protection from blunt impacts that occur during sports, falls, and in the workplace. The candidate must be able to work at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD, which is the primary site of the project.  The project has potential for collaborations at JHU and the University of Chicago.

    The candidate will be expected to conduct experimental research on model and novel impact mitigating materials using both falling mass and mechanically-driven impact instruments;  develop methods to integrate Digital Image Correlation (DIC) strain measurements with compression, shear, and combined compression/shear loading geometries and develop structure-performance relationships relevant for energy dissipation, force redirection, and energy storage. The candidate is also expected to support constitutive model development based on integration of dynamic force data and DIC strain fields. Finite element modeling expertise and an understanding of biomechanics of injury is a plus, but not a requirement. The program is aligned with the Center for Hierarchical Materials Design ( within the Materials Genome Initiative. Successful candidates will have a PhD in engineering and be familiar with non-linear material mechanics, scientific equipment design, and mechanical test equipment.

    Interested candidates should email a cover letter, CV, list of publications and list of references.

    Please send all materials to Professor Vicky Nguyen at AND Dr. Aaron Forster at  Please put in the subject line: JHU-NIST postdoctoral application. 

    Consideration of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

    The Johns Hopkins University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.

The Whiting School of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering are committed to building a diverse educational environment.


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