Stanford’s Mechanics and Computation Group (Department of Mechanical Engineering) is seeking applicants for a two-year term distinguished postdoctoral fellowship.



The Stephen Timoshenko Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow will be given the opportunity to pursue independent research in the general area of solid mechanics, as well as to contribute to ongoing research in the Mechanics and Computation Group. 


  • Research activities should be in the field of solid mechanics interpreted broadly. 
  • The candidate should be aligned with interests in the group, which include additive manufacturing, micro- and nano-mechanics, and bio-mechanics, with an interest in machine learning as it applies to the field of computational mechanics. 
  • Candidates will be given opportunities to develop their teaching experience by designing and teaching a class in the mechanics curriculum. 
  • This position is primarily targeting candidates who are seeking an academic career in a leading research university.
  • Candidates are expected to show outstanding promise in research, as well as strong interest and ability in teaching. 
  • They must have received a Ph.D. prior to the start of the appointment, but not more than 2 years before. 


Fellowship applications are accepted year-round, with deadlines on October 1, December 1, April 1, and July 1. 

  • Applications received before these dates will be reviewed together. 
  • This position will close as soon as an offer is made and has been accepted by a candidate.


Send your application by email to Kelly Chu,

  • Email subject: Stephen Timoshenko Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow search
  • All documents attached to the email should be PDF (Portable Document Format).

Application documents:

  • Cover letter (one page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Brief statements of proposed research (up to three pages) and teaching (one page) 
  • Names and contact information of three recommendation letter writers


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to the University’s research and teaching missions.

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