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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Engineering, Research / Scientific

Job Description

The postdoctoral associate will carry out highly exciting and leading-edge research related to federally sponsored projects and other related activities. The specific tasks involve development of detailed research plans, implementation of the research tasks, and preparing lab reports and journal manuscripts. The research involves synthesis of different materials, hybrid materials processing, polymer derived ceramics, simulations, and machine learning. She/he will also carry out property testing and characterization of different materials related to composition, phase, and microstructure, study the interactions and fundamental mechanisms of material behaviors in harsh environments, and develop theoretical understanding of the proposed research. The postdoctoral associate will be involved in preparing reports, documents, and manuscripts. She/he will assist the research of the graduate students. The postdoctoral associate will also help to develop grant proposals, deliver educational programs, and coordinate activities involving a number of project members.

Required Qualifications

This position requires a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering or other related engineering disciples and within 4 years of obtaining the PhD degree at the start of the appointment with one year remaining of eligibility.

Preferred Qualifications

The candidates should be highly motivated in conducting research and producing scholarly publications, have strong background in polymer chemistry, ceramics, thermodynamics, ceramic materials processing, and combined experimental and modeling skills. Extensive knowledge in microstructure characterization, strong technical writing skills, and good publication records are also necessary.


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Review Date

March 30, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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