Openings

We have openings at all levels of education. If you don't see anything that fits you, yet you have a burning desire to do science, please email me. I especially encourage minorities (racial, gender, and other forms of minorities) to apply.

PhD Vacancies

We are hiring several PhD students at the intersection of mechanical engineering, applied physics, computer graphics, and material science. The candidate should be comfortable with both experimental methods and simulation tools for the analysis of problems in these fields. In particular, we would like you to work on one of the following exciting topics:

Design of reprogrammable mechanical meta-material

Micro-fabrication and characterisation of mechanical meta-materials

If you are interested, please send your cover letter, C.V., and a list of references to me at tianchen@uh.edu. It is perfectly okay to email me just to ask for more details.

Post-docs

If you want to join our lab as a post-doc please email me directly. If you already have a scholarship or planning on applying for one with me as a potential host, please, by all means, email me as well! There are numerous funding sources specifically targeting post-docs.

Bachelor and master students

I got my first taste of research as a summer research assistant (a long time ago), and I enjoyed it immensely. So I would recommend doing research as a bachelor or master student, especially since there are numerous scholarship opportunities.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides bachelor students with a scholarship of $4000 dollars to conduct research over the summer. Also check out Research Experience for Undegraduates (REU) opportunities for funded research opportunities. Please get in touch with me at tianchen@uh.edu if you are interested in applying so we can put the best application forward.

Visiting scholars

Do you want to spend a summer or two during your PhD or postdoc at our lab? These can be extremely productive, and a fun way to discover another lab, university, and city. I did this during my PhD, leading to three months of intense research in balmy California.