Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Idaho Falls, ID
Categories: Research, College of Engineering, Mid-Level

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

Serves in a temporary position that enables an individual with their Ph.D. to continue their training as a researcher and gain skills and experience that will prepare them for their research career in academia or elsewhere. As a postdoc, the position can perform mostly independent research, collaborate on a multi-scholar research initiative, or even may have lead responsibility for discrete components of a larger research project or program, all while under the general direction of a senior or principal researcher.

Department Overview:

The Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering and Department of Physics at Boise State University are seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) located on the Idaho National Labs campus in Idaho Falls, ID.
CAES is a research, education, and innovation consortium consisting of the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory and the public research universities of Idaho: Boise State University, Idaho State University and University of Idaho, providing multi-institutional expertise, capabilities, and state-of-the-art facility access required to address grand energy challenges.
The Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory features an array of equipment to support materials development, printed sensors, and structural additive manufacturing for CAES. This lab supports existing programs at INL and the universities which opens new areas in printed and flexible electronics as well as trusted Artificial Intelligence for advanced manufacturing.

Level Scope:

After earning a Ph.D., the next step in the academic or research career path is often a postdoc. A postdoc is a continuation of a researcher’s training that enables them to further their professional development and start to transition from student to independent researcher. Postdocs also often take additional leadership or teaching responsibilities in their laboratory or department. These positions are usually two to three years and it is not unusual for a researcher to do more than one postdoc.

Essential Functions:

40% of the time the Postdoctoral Research Fellow may: Perform research activities related to the synthesis, characterization, ink formulation, and performance testing of multifunctional boron nitride coatings with a focus on:

  • Particle morphology
  • Ink develop (Ink rheology characterization)
  • Process and print optimization
  • Post process optimization for densification and cohesivity (materials characterization)
  • Interfacial reaction and effects of high temperatures and corrosive environments

40% of the time: Perform research activities related to the synthesis, characterization, ink formulation, and performance testing of fluid property sensors with a focus on:

  • Particle morphology
  • Ink develop (Ink rheology characterization)
  • Process and print optimization
  • Printed electrodes for fluid conductivity measurements
  • Printed pH sensors
  • Printed thermocouples
  • Conformal printing and packaging of sensors in porous media
  • Evaluate sensors and device performance

20% of the time: Support and communicate the materials research and AM capabilities at CAES through:

  • Assisting the AM lab lead with daily operations
  • Conference attendance and presentations
  • Manuscript submissions to peer-reviewed journals
  • Regular project meetings
  • Internal reporting
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills.
  • Scientific writing skills demonstrated through peer reviewed publications.
  • Ability to acquire accurate, reproducible data.
  • Critical eye towards consistency, reproducibility, and the scientific method in general.
  • Excellent project and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and mentoring skills.
  • Advocate for safety and ethics in the work place.
Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a minimum of a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise in the nanomaterial synthesis and characterization.
  • Demonstrated experience in applications of nanomaterials and/or device fabrication.
  • The ability to work independently and focus on project tasks.
  • Strong team player with the ability to effectively organize, lead, and communicate tasks.
  • Previous experiences in advanced/additive manufacturing techniques.
  • Previous experience in printed electronics.
  • Previous experience with suspension of nanomaterials, ink formulation, TGA/DSC, rheological measurements, DLS, sample preparation, microscopy (optical and electron), exfoliation of 2D nanomaterials, electrical characterization, and mechanical analysis.
Salary and Benefits:

Salary starts at $62,000 annually and is commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of three professional references

Open until filled with review of applications beginning December 4, 2023.



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