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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Engineering, Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Propulsion and Energetics Laboratory in the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech is seeking a postdoctoral associate to work in advanced manufacturing and characterization of energetic materials. The position is primarily in process development in the fabrication of energetic materials using advanced manufacturing techniques. Additionally, the successful candidate will be responsible for the characterization of these materials through a variety of experimental techniques. Please refer to the link: for more information on the work being performed in this group.

The selected candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team involving multiple departments throughout the university and with our industrial partners. The position is at the university’s main campus in Blacksburg, VA. Opportunities for teaching and service-related activities are available to successful candidates.

Required Qualifications

• Doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or related discipline. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
• Experience with energetic materials
• Experience with additive manufacturing
• Ability to work effectively in a team
• Strong communication and writing skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with laser-based combustion diagnostics
• Strong experimental background
• Experience with electronics and controls

Appointment Type


Review Date

February 27, 2024

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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