Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Computational Mechanics of Morphology at Notre Dame (CoMMaND) Lab is soliciting applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of computational modeling and immunomechanics. The CoMMaND Lab is associated with the Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering as well as the Bioengineering Graduate Program. 

What we offer: 

  • support and mentorship for professional development tailored to individual goals
  • regular interactions with colleagues and visiting speakers in both mechanical and bioengineering
  • salary at or above NIH NRSA levels with annual raises
  • vibrant university community in a city with affordable cost of living
  • potential for renewal up to two additional years

What we're looking for: 

  • people who are curious about the intersection of mechanics, computation, and the immune system, ideally with some background in one or more of those areas
  • motivation to be the primary driver on a project 
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • enthusiasm for your own professional development and that of graduate/undergraduate students

Start date is flexible, available as soon as January 2023 and preferred by summer 2023.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  


Minimum Qualifications: Postdoctoral applicants should have a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering, bioengineering, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal applicant will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a high level of initiative.  
Candidates with any of the following are preferred: 1) knowledge and experience in immunology and/or immunoengineering; 2) background in computational solid mechanics, particularly poromechanics; 3) proficiency in Abaqus user subroutines; or 4) background in biomechanics or mechanobiology in any organ or system.  Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

The application can be found on Interfolio.  Please include:

  • cover letter indicating your experiences and interests relevant to the proposed project
  • curriculum vitae
  • one peer-reviewed publication (if you have more than one, please choose the one most relevant to this position, or the one you feel best represents the quality of your work and writing. In the cover letter, please identify what part(s) of the paper you were responsible for.)
  • names and email addresses of three professional references

Writing ability will be assessed based on the cover letter and CV as well as the publication.

For additional information: 

CoMMaND Lab Website (
Dr. Maria Holland (