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Under the advisory of Dr. Mehran Mobrem, Chief Engineer of JPL's Payload and Small Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section, the candidate will be conducting research, development, evaluation and implementation of structural topology optimization methodology and application in conjunction with advanced manufacturing technology for space flight applications at JPL. In addition, the candidate will be conducting studies in the behavior of soft goods material using nonlinear Finite Element [FE] approach for both static and dynamic loadings. This includes the behavior of fabrics with or without tension field and with the presence of wrinkles and external contact. The candidate will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature.
Candidates must have a recent PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Acoustics or related technical discipline. Experience and knowledge in structural engineering, analysis, and verification of complex mechanical structures, mechanisms, or opto-mechanical assemblies. Experience in Nastran, ADAMS and/or LS-DYNA, Femap and/or Hperworks required. General knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards related to structural analysis, finite element analysis, and structural verification testing. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years. Candidates should submit the following to this site: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests.