Undergraduate research assistant opening (06.24)

The Mechanics of Soft Materials Lab directed by Professor Lihua Jin ( now has 1 summer undergraduate research assistant position funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The students will work on fabricating woven structures, testing their mechanical behavior, and conducting other relevant projects in the lab for 10-12 weeks this summer, and will be supported to attend the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) ( The student will receive a $6,500 stipend. For those who are interested, please send an email with your CV and transcript to Professor Jin ( All qualified candidates, including those from backgrounds historically underrepresented in engineering, are encouraged to apply. All applications will be reviewed and considered thoroughly. Please include 'MSM REU' in the email title for easy searching.

Postdoctoral researcher in biomedical soft robots (01.24)

We are seeking a candidate that meets NIH’s definition of underrepresented populations (Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity, NOT-OD-20-031, for a 1-3 years postdoctoral training at UCLA. 

The candidate will work on soft robots and stretchable electronics for cancer radiotherapy under the guidance of Prof Lihua Jin in the Mechanics of Soft Materials Lab ( in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in collaboration with Professor Ke Sheng at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Interested applicants may send their CV to Professor Lihua Jin (

Postdoctoral researcher in cardiac biomechanics modeling (08.23)


We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our research team in the field of cardiac biomechanics and heart failure with a position at the level of Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.  They will be working with a multidisciplinary team mentored by Dr. Lihua Jin (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Dr. Ashley Stein-Merlob (Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine) and Dr. Alan Garfinkel (Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology) to develop new computational models of cardiac contraction and disease states.



·     PhD in mechanical engineering, computational biology, or related field

·     Strong background in computational mechanics or biomechanics

·     Experience in finite element modeling of soft materials or biomechanics.   


Duration and renumeration:

This is a full-time, fully funded position with an initial appointment of two years. The salary will be based on the University of California postdoctoral pay scale.


Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit the following documents via email to and

·     Curriculum vitae (CV), including list of publications

·     Contact information for at least two professional references


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy.

PhD students (filled)

Our group has a PhD opening to be filled in 2023 fall. Successful candidates are expected to work on modeling, simulations, and experiments of soft materials, soft tissue and soft robots. The ideal candidates will be highly motivated with a strong background in solid mechanics and computation, and be fluent in spoken and written English. Interested applicants may send their CV and transcript to Professor Lihua Jin (

Master and undergraduate students 

Our group constantly looks for highly motivated master and undergraduate students to join us. Interested applicants may send their CV and transcript to Professor Lihua Jin (