The Boechler Research Group is happy to hear from new prospective undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers. Please feel free to contact Prof. Boechler for current openings, and include a copy of your CV (or resume for undergraduate researchers) with your email. Please note, that due to bandwidth limitations, many inquiries will not receive a response.
We are also open to hearing from exceptional candidates and are happy to work with you to apply for external funding. Lists of postdoctoral fellowship opportunities can be found through UCSD Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations , the National Academies websites, and here. A new fellowship of note is the NSF Engineering Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Please send a copy of your CV and a list of three references to Prof. Boechler. Please also include a list of postdoctoral fellowships or other external funding mechanisms that you are interested in applying for.
We are particularly interested in applicants intending to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Prospective students should apply to the UCSD Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s Fall admission window, and should specify Prof. Boechler’s name in their application. A copy of the applicant’s CV should also be emailed directly to Prof. Boechler. Students in (or intending to major in) other engineering departments at UCSD, such as NanoEngineering and Structural Engineering, as well as the Materials Science and Engineering program are also of interest, and are encouraged to contact Prof. Boechler (however, please note that mentoring students from departments outside MAE will require some additional logistics).
Students who have their own funding or who are actively applying for external fellowships are of particular interest. Prospective students who are applying for outside funding should make sure to note this information in their email when they contact Prof. Boechler with their CV. Several major fellowships of interest include: NSF GRFP, DOD NDSEG, NASA STRF, DOD SMART, DOE NNSA SSGF, DOE NNSA LRGF, and DOE CSGF. Lists of other graduate fellowships can be found via the UCSD graduate division website. Additional fellowship opportunities for international students can also be found at the UCSD international students and programs office and here. Please note that many of the fellowship application deadlines occur before the end of the UCSD graduate school admission window.
Note for Masters degree students: We are open to Masters students participating in research for course credit. Individual projects are typically available in connection to any of our current research topics. The Boechler Research Group is currently not supporting students intending to pursue Masters theses, and is not providing TA positions or other funding for students pursuing terminal Masters degrees.
We encourage applications from undergraduate students in engineering, materials science, physics, or applied math. Currently we are also interested in undergraduate applicants from the UCSD Department of Visual Arts. A minimum 5-10 hours of per week commitment for research is expected during the academic year, and/or full-time during the summer. Research can be for course credit, stipend, or hourly pay depending on the student’s preference and funding availability. Prospective applicants should send Prof. Boechler a copy of their resume (including GPA). Students interested in participating in research for more than one quarter are preferred.
For full-time summer research positions, applicants should contact Prof. Boechler by February. The most successful applicants are highly motivated, have a high GPA, and are in their sophomore or junior year.