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PhD/Master position


University: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Faculty: University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute – 上海交大密西根学院

Level: Master/PhD degree

Normal duration: 4 years

Salary: See


University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute – 上海交大密西根学院


To develop itself as a world-class university, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has established a comprehensive, strategic partnership with the University of Michigan (UM). These two parent universities are committed to develop a world-class academic, research, and educational institution called the Joint Institute (JI). JI models itself after top US research universities in terms of academic environment, faculty quality, and focus on advanced, fundamental research. The graduate program at JI is similar to those found in top-tier research universities in the US; it emphasizes international collaboration and publication in international journals.

To educate creative future global leaders, JI adopts an educational system similar to that found at UM, including faculty appointments, and all-English teaching. JI has made breakthroughs in international faculty recruitment and innovative talent training and administration system. The JI model has received significant attention among US higher educational institutions and has become a role model in international education cooperation between China and the US.




Professor Shen has broad interests in the field of computational mechanics, especially computational fracture mechanics. His interests range from designing numerical methods and analyzing their convergence properties, to discovering materials’ fracture behaviors with numerical simulations, and to applying numerical methods to make an impact to practical engineering problems. His current and past topics of interests include:

  1. 1. Efficient numerical methods for hydraulic fracturing 水力压裂数值方法
  2. 2. Phase-field methods for crack propagation 断裂的相场方法
  3. 3. Fracture of thin shells 薄壳体断裂
  4. 4. Discontinuous Galerkin methods 不连续迦辽金方法
  5. 5. Simulation methods to study mechanical properties of materials 材料力学性能的数值研究




Basically, the applicant should have good computer programming skills. He/She is required to have a good team spirit and the ability to function in a multidisciplinary setting with different project partners. Moreover,


  1. 1. Applicants for the PhD program should have, or be expected to have, an MSc degree in Engineering or Mathematics, or an equivalent thereof;
  2. 2. Applicants for the master program should have, or be expected to have, a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Mathematics, or an equivalent thereof.


Application Materials:




To apply, please e-mail to us the following:

  1. 1. JI Application form (;
  2. 2. English CV;
  3. 3. Personal Statement;
  4. 4. Photocopy of an equivalent of China’s bachelor/master-degree education diploma and transcript;
  5. 5. English level certificates (TOEFL(new)≥90 or TOEFL(old)≥600 or IELTS≥6.0);
  6. 6. Any materials that will facilitate your application are encouraged, awards you won, papers or journal articles you published (pdf format), etc.

More information about the application materials is in:


Timeline: To have a higher chance for scholarships, applicants are strongly encouraged to inquire Prof. Shen between November and January each year; general inquiries all year round are also welcome.


For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Yongxing Shen,

phone: +86 21 34207218, email: .

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