Postdoctoral Position in Metamaterials and Complex Networks

Prof. Adilson E. Motter at Northwestern University has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in a project focused on the use of network dynamics concepts to design novel materials with unprecedented properties. The position is open to recent PhDs in material science, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics and related fields with demonstrated ability to conduct high impact research. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with theoretical aspects of materials research. Competitive candidates will have exceptional computational, analytical, and communication skills, and will have outstanding potential for scientific research. For a representative recent publication on this topic, see Z.G. Nicolaou and A.E. Motter, Mechanical metamaterials with negative compressibility transitions, Nature Materials 11, 608 (2012). The proposed research may be pursued in collaboration with other faculty, including Prof. Daniel M. Abrams (Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics).

Positions in other areas of complex networks, including network control and the modeling of biological networks, may also become available, in which case previous research experience with complex networks, control, and/or quantitative biology would be a plus.

The Motter Group is located on the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University, on the north shore of Lake Michigan, within a 30-minute drive from downtown Chicago. Group members have offices in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and enjoy ample interactions with network researchers from other disciplines through the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). For more information, please explore our website.

To apply, please e-mail a CV and a statement describing how your research interests relate to this position to Dr. Luciana Zanella at, and arrange to have at least two letters of recommendation sent to the same address. Applications received by October 15, 2014 will receive full consideration. Appointments are available immediately.

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged.