Maurizio Porfiri

Prospective Post-Doctoral fellows:
The Dynamical Systems Laboratory is looking for outstanding Post-Doctoral Fellows in Mechanical Engineering. Responsibilities of Post-Doctoral fellows include: i) perform state-of-the-art research in either theoretical mechanics (including fluid-structure interactions, mechanics of composite materials, and vibrations) or dynamical systems/mechatronics (including bioinspired robotics, energy harvesting, machine learning, network theory, nonlinear dynamics, and smart materials); ii) develop new research plans and co-author research proposals; iii) supervise and/or train undergraduate or graduate students; iv) author professional presentations, professional reports, and publications; and v) present research at professional conferences. Post-Doctoral candidates are expected to have i) a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related fields; ii) demonstrated ability to conduct original research as evidenced by high-quality journal publications; iii) outstanding English language oral and written communication skills; iv) a strong work ethic with the ability to work independently as well as in a research group; and vi) evidence of good project/laboratory management skills. Compensation includes a competitive stipend based on the candidate's experience. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit, as soon as possible, a curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and a cover letter including a description of prior research experience, by email to Dr. M. Porfiri. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the available positions are filled.


Prospective Ph.D. students:
The Dynamical Systems Laboratory is always looking for outstanding Ph.D. students in Mechanical Engineering. Ph.D. students will address specific problems within the areas of theoretical mechanics (including fluid-structure interactions, mechanics of composite materials, and vibrations) and dynamical systems/mechatronics (including bioinspired robotics, energy harvesting, machine learning, network theory, nonlinear dynamics, and smart materials). Ph.D. student candidates are expected to have a solid research experience in Mechanical Engineering and have a M.S. or equivalent degree in Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics. Compensation includes full tuition coverage and a competitive stipend. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit, as soon as possible, a curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and a cover letter including a description of prior research experience, by email to Dr. M. Porfiri. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the available positions are filled.


Students currently enrolled in Italian institutions:
Students currently enrolled in "Laurea II livello" programs in institutions affiliated to the Honors Center of Italian Universities are eligible to apply for Dual/Double Degree scholarships. All the application details can be found in the Center's website. Students interested in doing research in the Dynamical Systems Laboratory can contact Dr. M. Porfiri for further enquiries.


Undergraduate students:
The Dynamical Systems Laboratory has multiple openings for undergraduate students with unusually strong background and abilities, who are willing to conduct research in advanced composite materials, smart structures, underwater robotics, and vision-based measurement systems. Interested candidates are encouraged to complete the application form and submit it by email to Dr. M. Porfiri.