The Form Finding Lab in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Princeton University invites applications for a post-doctoral or more senior research position to support research on the robotic construction of discrete element systems. The research will be conducted under the direction of Professor Sigrid Adriaenssens.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Developing a computational framework that generates element geometries loaded under internal membrane or axial action, and tessellation of efficient element layouts; and that integrates robotic construction approaches;
  • Overseeing day-to-day graduate and possibly undergraduate and high school student’s research as it relates to project goals and meeting project milestones and go/no-go points;
  • Giving and contributing to research seminars within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering;
  • Presenting at conferences and leading journal publication efforts;
  • Leading outreach effort of designing and constructing demonstrators, and developing and writing research proposals.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in mechanical or civil engineering, architectural engineering, physics or applied mathematics field;
  • Appropriate experience in form finding and optimization methods, discrete element modeling and prototyping;
  • Strong project management skills and a very good publication record.

This is a 1-year position and preferred start will be in January 2022 or earlier. Interested candidates should submit an application online at