Graduate Student Openings

Ph.D. Position in Computational Biomachinery and Nanomaterials

Graduate students are invited to apply for a Ph.D. position in Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State in the frame of an interdisciplinary project with the following objectives:

  • Studying electromechanical coupling processes at the nanoscale in biological and bio-inspired soft matter systems
  • Designing novel microstructure patterns for metamaterials with applications in active surface control and energy harvesting.

The specific tasks of the position will involve the development of numerical strategies and computational methods for the treatment of the relevant physics, the simulation of different phenomena with the support of the Institute for CyberScience, and performing experiments/prototyping at the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Materials Characterization Laboratory, and the nanofabrication facilities at Penn State. Part of this project will incorporate multiscale modeling and machine-learning techniques.

Interested applicants may send an email to Christian Peco, incoming assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, at



The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523