CONTACT

Takatori lab

Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Engineering II, Room 3357
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

Join Us!

We are building a lab of motivated, collaborative, and self-propelled scientists and engineers who pursue fundamental advances at the interface of soft condensed matter, materials science, and fluid dynamics.

Our goal is to become leaders in these fields. An equally important goal is to train students to become independent researchers and become the best chemical engineers of their generation.  To achieve these goals, we aim to d
evelop rigorous analytical theories, execute well-designed experiments, and disseminate our findings with the broader scientific community through clear, impactful, and well-delivered oral presentations and publications.

We seek candidates from all relevant fields, but especially in chemical engineering, materials science, physics, and mechanical engineering.  We seek both experimentalists and theorists (and those who do both!):

 
Experimentalists with experience in robotics (micro and macro) or rheology of viscoelastic networks.
Theorists with strong analytical and computational background in feedback & controls, active matter, and viscoelastic rheology.
Lab members eligible for external fellowships are expected to apply for them. This will not only benefit the lab, but most importantly you will have more intellectual freedom and an early record of your ability to generate funding, which will empower you and advance your path in industry, government, and/or academia.
Postdoctoral scholars
Interested researchers should email your CV, contact information of three individuals who could provide a letter of reference, and a brief summary of the research you wish to undertake in our group.  Please also describe your future career plans. 
Postdoctoral scholars are strongly encouraged to apply to external fellowships, like the James S McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellowship, the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships, President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and many others.  We are happy to work with you to submit an application together.
 
Mentoring students and applying for your own funding will be a necessary and valuable part of your training in the lab. 
PhD students
We welcome students from all relevant departments!  Prospective graduate students should apply through Graduate Admissions and get in touch with us!  Prospective and current PhD students are strongly encouraged to apply to external fellowships, like the NSF Fellowship, DOE Computational Fellowship, NDSEG, and many others.
Mentoring students and applying for your own funding will be a necessary and valuable part of your training in the lab.