We have regular openings for undergrad, graduate students, postdoc and visiting scientists. Interested parties are welcome to inquire Dr. Zheng with your CV.  Postdoc and Ph.D. applications should be directed to

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Our group members have benefited tremendously from diversity. We embrace and welcome students coming from all backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region.  

Postdoc: We have immediate openings for postdoc positions. Interested parties please contact Dr. Zheng with your CV, publication records, and contacts of references. We seek candidates with interests and experience in the areas including piezoelectric materials, multi-functional materials, sensors and actuators, mechanics of architected materials and artificial intelligence (machine learning) for material designs. 


Ph.D. applicants: We regularly have openings for highly motivated and creative Ph.D. students. Ph.D. Applicants are welcome to inquire via email with your CV, and must follow the general Graduate Admission timelines at University of California, Los Angeles. Applications should be directed to either Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, or Civil and Environmental Science. It is important to state in your application your interest to pursue research with Professor Zheng. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, and we welcome applicants coming from all backgrounds: MAE, CEE, MSE, ECE, CE, Physics/Chemistry. Students with demonstrated research experience, a mentality for creative solutions and a passion for scholarly or industrial research are certainly pluses. Typically, our group love expertise from the following areas: additive manufacturing/3D printing, design, solid and fluid mechanics, mechatronics/robotics, material science, material processing and chemistry, optics, and biomaterials. 

Selected Ph.D. students will be awarded in the form of Fellowships, Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) or Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) based on qualifications. 

M.S. and Undergraduates: M.S. applicants and undergraduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Zheng with your resume for research opportunities. 

GAANN Fellowship: in addition to regular GRAs and GTAs, our group have been awarded a prestigious GAANN Fellowshiop: Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. The GAANN Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding PhD students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and are interested in pursuing a career in research and teaching.