Postdoc Opportunity at Penn State

Penn State Ultrasonics Lab (PennSUL) and Rock Mechanics Lab

State College, PA

Please see the following info about a postdoctoral research position at Penn State.

Penn State Ultrasonics Lab (PennSUL) and Rock Mechanics Lab is looking for a postdoctoral researcher with multi-disciplinary interests and experience in ultrasonics, mechanics-based modelling and laboratory rock deformation/permeability testing. The research involves acoustic emission, ultrasonic data acquisition and processing, working with servo-hydraulic testing machines, flow and permeability measurements, X-ray computed tomography imaging, machine learning, fracture mechanics and micro-mechanical modelling.

The project is led by Parisa Shokouhi (, Jacques Rivière (, Chris Marone ( and Derek Elsworth ( The successful candidate will work with graduate students and co-lead research activities focused on illuminating the mechanisms that relate ultrasonic, hydraulic and frictional properties of fractured rocks (see Shokouhi et al. Geophysical Research Letters 2020 We encourage applications from researchers with backgrounds in geomechanics, mechanics-based modelling, elastic wave mechanics, acoustics and geophysics. Experience in experimental design and execution is required.

A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required by the date of hire. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The Pennsylvania State University takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally diverse workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness and mutual respect. Applicants should share this commitment to fostering diversity and equity with the goal of creating an inclusive and productive workplace environment.

Please include: 1) a cover letter of interest; 2) CV including a complete publication list; and 3) three references.


Inquiries about the position can be sent to Parisa Shokouhi ( Additional information about Penn State Ultrasonics Lab (PennSUL) and Rock Mechanics Lab can be found here: