Openings

We believe that cultural diversity breeds scientific creativity and strongly support equal opportunities for everyone.

Multiple openings are available

Ph.D. students (2 openings)

  • Th​e ideal candidate will have a strong inclination towards applied mathematics, mechanics, and experimental work with biological organisms.
  • Ph.D. students are expected to develop their own problem, with some degree of alignment with other research areas in my group.
  • To be successful in my group, you will need a strong foundation in one or more of the following areas: mechanics, applied mathematics, physics, or organismal and comparative biology. Motivation, thoughtfulness and creativity are more important than your exact background.
  • Please write to me with your CV, names of references, a statement of your interests, and your detailed, critical views of the work carried out in my lab.

Postdoc positions (2 openings)

  • Topic areas: physical applied mathematics and engineering mechanics, or comparative organismal biomechanics.
  • The successful candidate will have journal publication(s) demonstrating depth and technical prowess in at least one of the following areas:
    • Organismal biomechanics
    • Applied mathematics
    • Engineering mechanics
  • The salary will be commensurate with experience and include benefits.
  • Please send me an email with your CV, names of references, and 1 selected publication that represents your thinking.

Postdoc 1: Mudskipper biomechanics

  • The project will be focused on the mathematical modeling and mechanical analysis of the fish fins, with the long-term objective of shedding light on the great water-to-land evolutionary transition among vertebrates that occurred around 400 million years ago. The ideal candidate will have a strong inclination for applied mathematics and mechanics, or be versatile in experimental biology and physiology of fishes. The position is meant for Fall 2021.

Postdoc 2: Deformable skins and differential geometry of growing surfaces in 3D

  • This is part of a large collaborative project funded by the NSF. The ideal candidate will be versatile in differential geometry of surfaces with a strong background in mechanics and interested in applications that include shape-morphing biological organs and organisms.

Project Coordinator at Yale

  • This position is for someone with a Ph.D. or six years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and related experience. The ideal candidate will have substantial experience in interdisciplinary research straddling physics, biology, and applied mathematics, and interested in taking on the role of coordinating the activities of a multi-institutional, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research institute. More details are available here.

There are no openings for summer interns, Masters students, or other research interns unless you are currently a student at Yale. If you are a student at Yale, please write to me with your CV.


I appreciate as much detail as you can provide about the rationale for your interest in our work, and any relevant background information about yourself. Do not worry about sending long emails. I prefer long emails with more details than short ones with barely any information that I am unlikely to respond to.