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Job Summary

The Predictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS) Center at University of Michigan is seeking a computational materials scientist to participate in the development of production-standard open source scientific codes. The Center is home to a number of closely-knit research groups that specialize in computational materials science spanning the spatial scales from electronic structure to the continuum, and a spectrum of theories including Density Functional Theory, Statistical Mechanics, Phase Field Models, Crystal Plasticity and Continuum Mechanics. We have released major open source codes in all of these areas. It also has a dedicated data and model repository group and experimental groups. The ultimate goal is to advance the scientific study of microstructural evolution and mechanical behavior of structural metals, develop advanced materials and mechanics models and integrate them into an open-source code that will be available to the materials science community. The required codes will be integrated, open-source, computationally efficient and user friendly.

We are looking for a candidate to work closely with other staff, faculty and graduate students to develop this ground-breaking technology.  The specific area is in the development and application of our crystal plasticity and fracture simulations codes that are housed in our finite element based PRISMS-Plasticity code. Come join this exciting center as we seek to create the future of integrated computational materials science and engineering.

For additional information on PRISMS Center and links to codes please go to and 


  • Play a major role in development and enhancement of PRISMS-Plasticity to include:

    • Crystal plasticity material models and their computational implementation

    • Fracture or damage models

    • Contact mechanics

    • Microstructural instantiation from experimental data and meshing

    • Visualization and post-processing microstructural fields

    • Integration with codes within the PRISMS suite and external codes

  • Design and develop open-source massively parallel Finite Element based computational materials and mechanics models and integration linkages

  • Work with other development staff members, faculty and students in a tightly knit team environment

  • Assist students and post-docs in development of standardized software for the PRISMS platform

  • Develop professional level documentation and user-manuals

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD in in engineering, physics or mathematics

  • At least one year post-doctoral research

  • Strong disciplinary focus in finite element based materials model development

  • Expertise in modern best practices of scientific computing

  • Experience with development of material models for crystal plasticity

  • Experience with simulation of fracture

  • Expert developer in the following programming Languages: C++, high level scripts (Python or Matlab), MPI.

  • Familiarity with one or more of the following methods and practices: 

    • FEM libraries such as deal ii

    • Meshing programs such as Cubit, Netgen, Neper

    • Solver packages such as PETSc, KINSOL, BLAS, superLU, Trilinos

  • Visualization (open GL), post processing programs such as Paraview, Visit


Desired Qualifications*

Experience with:

  • Deal ii FEA subroutines

  • Version control software such as GIT, Mercurial, Cloudforge or Bazaar

  • Software collaboration platforms such as Launchpad

  • Documentation of code such as Doxygen

  • Best practices in software development including repository, nightly tests, coding practices

  • Computational paradigms such as automatic differentiation, automated code generation and unified form language

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Mission Statement

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