SDSU Research Foundation

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Req No.
Post Doc
$5,546.67 - $5,677.42
Dept/Proj Name
Mechanical Engineering


The salary range for this position is $5,546.67 - $5,546.67 per month depending upon qualifications and is non-negotiable. 


The Computational Active Matter Mechanics Lab focuses on understanding the behavior of soft active materials made-up-of flexible active and passive elements using theoretical and computational modeling methods. Common examples of soft active matter studied by the lab include individual cells, multicellular constructs, and active biopolymer assemblies.


The Postdoctoral Researcher will be an integral member of a dynamic research team focused on advancing the field of computational active matter mechanics. The primary responsibility will be to develop cutting-edge computational and theoretical models to explore non-equilibrium self-assembly processes and the application of molecular motors in soft robotics. The Postdoctoral Researcher will also contribute to other related on-going projects in the lab. 


This one-year position will begin January 2, 2024, with the possibility of an additional year of funding.


The Postdoctoral Research Scholar is responsible for but not limited to:


Research and Development

  • Lead research initiatives to create and validate computational models of non-equilibrium self-assembly and molecular motor dynamics.
  • Conduct theoretical analysis and computational simulations to understand the emergent properties of active matter systems.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to integrate computational models with experimental data.
  • Author and co-author research papers, present findings at conferences, and contribute to grant writing efforts.


Lab Management

  • Assist with the organization and management of digital and physical resources within the lab.
  • Oversee the maintenance of computational infrastructure, ensuring software and hardware are up to date and meet the lab's research needs.
  • Implement and maintain safety and compliance protocols for all lab activities.


Mentorship and Supervision

  • Provide guidance and mentorship to graduate and undergraduate researchers in developing their research projects, computational skills, and analytical techniques.
  • Conduct regular meetings with junior researchers to track project progress and address challenges.
  • Foster a collaborative and inclusive lab culture that encourages innovation and rigorous scientific inquiry.


Professional Development

  • Engage in professional development opportunities to remain current with the latest technologies and methodologies in computational mechanics.
  • Build a network with other professionals in the field through collaborations and participation in scientific communities.


Minimum Education

  • A doctoral degree in an appropriate field
  • 0-5 years of relevant experience


Preferred Qualifications and Special Skills

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Computational Biology, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in computational modeling and simulation, preferably related to active matter or soft robotics.
  • Proficient in programming languages and simulation tools commonly used in computational mechanics (e.g., Python, MATLAB, LAMMPS).
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with team members and mentor junior researchers.


Additional Candidate Information

  • Candidate must reside in California or live in a commutable distance from SDSU at time of hire.
  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results (including a criminal record check).
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer/Title IX employer.



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