Suraj Shankar

Principal Investigator

Suraj Shankar is an Assistant Professor in Physics and LSA Collegiate Fellow at the University of Michigan. Previously, he was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Syracuse University and a B.Tech. (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is a recipient of the 2022 IUPAP Early Career Scientist Prize in Statistical Physics.

We are recruiting!

The Shankar lab aims to build a diverse, supportive, and interdisciplinary group to study soft, living systems and their functional consequences. We welcome motivated and creative individuals who are excited about curiosity-driven science. Applicants from international and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Current projects largely involve quantitative modeling, data analysis, and numerical computation, in close collaboration with experimental groups. If you are interested in doing experiments, please reach out to Suraj to discuss possible avenues and projects.

PhD & Undergraduate students: Students already at U-M, please contact Suraj directly. Other interested candidates are encouraged to apply to the U-M Physics graduate program here. The deadline is Dec 15, 2023.

Postdoctoral fellows: Please reach out directly to Suraj with a CV and a short statement of research interests. Interested candidates are encouraged to check out potential fellowship opportunities, including the MCAIM Van Loo Fellowship, Schmidt AI in Science Fellowship, Michigan Pioneer Fellows, Michigan Society of Fellows and President’s Fellows programs.