The M3 group is looking for 2 highly motivated graduate students 

Two graduate students are needed in the below areas. Please feel free to contact Prof. Zhang if you are interested in modeling and simulations of nuclear fuels and materials. Please visit this page for our current research projects:

  • Thermomechanical behavior of TRISO particle fuel

○Develop a model in the BISON code ( for modeling thermomechanical behavior and fission product evolution in TRISO particle fuels.

○Carry out BISON simulations for fuel performance analysis and to optimize TRISO fuel design.


  • Diffusion in concentrated complex alloys

○Develop machine learning based Monte Carlo method for defect diffusion in concentrated complex alloys

○Investigate transport and phase stability in these alloys in far-from-equilibrium conditions, e.g., under radiation

Postdoctoral researchers 

The M3 group does not have postdoc opening right now but in the long term is interested in hiring a postdoc with the expertise in mesoscopic modeling (e.g., phase field) of electrochemical reactions.

Please contact Prof. Yongfeng Zhang ( for more information.