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Updated on December 3, 2014



2 Postdoc Fellow openings for functional composite materials development and dielectric elastomer actuator fabrication.


University of California, Los Angeles


The Soft Materials Research Laboratory directed by Professor Qibing Pei in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles is an interdisciplinary research group developing synthetic polymers and nanocomposites for advanced electronics, electromechanical, and photonic devices. Current research activities include but not limited to dielectric elastomers for muscle-like actuation, bistable electroactive polymers for large-strain rigid-to-rigid actuation, and stretchable electronics. We anticipate availability for two postdoctoral fellows to develop functional nanocomposites, dielectric elastomer materials and actuators. One position mainly focuses on materials development, and the other on coating, multilayer stacking, and DEA actuator design and fabrication, with extensive overlapping between the two.


Required qualifications include:

1.      PhD  in polymer science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or related fields

2.      Strong hands-on experience in several of these fields: materials development, synthesis of nanocomposites (e.g. graphene nanocomposites), nanomaterial processing, polymer thin film coating, compliant electrode materials, 3D printing, multilayer stacking processing, DEA actuator design and fabrication, high voltage converting circuit design and fabrication, characterization of thermal conductivity, modeling of heat transfer processes.

3.      Strong communication skill and interpersonal skill

The appointment is initially for 1 year, and may be extended for up to 3 years.


Contact information

Interested candidates may contact Professor Qibing Pei at for further information.


Equal Employment Opportunity

UCLA is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.





Several PhD student openings at ITN


Innovative Training Network (ITN) “Microactuators” (MICACT)


MICACT network has position opening for several PhD students. Innovative Training Network (ITN) “Microactuators” (MICACT) will start January 1st 2015. The network is funded by H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The main objective of the project will be the improvement of the career perspectives (in academia and in industry) of young researchers by training them at the forefront of research in the field of smart soft systems made of EAP microactuators for advanced miniaturized devices. The overall objective for the scientific program is research and development of EAP materials and their integration for industrial applications. Special attention will be devoted to the development of microactuators. The field of smart materials is growing extremely fast. Materials whose stiffness and shape can be controlled, and that are capable of sensing their shape allow new classes of compliant complex systems. Through the MICACT program, ITN hopes to ensure that European researchers keep their leading role in this blossoming field, and to help them transition to industrial positions.


 Contact information

Applications can be submitted to Alvo Aabloo or


Equal Employment Opportunity

ITN welcomes applications from all individuals, regardless of racial or ethnic origin, age, disability, or sexual identity.  We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and avoiding discrimination.



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