The University of Arizona
TitlePostdoctoral Research Associate I
DepartmentMaterials Science & Engr (2804)
The University of Arizona, Department of Materials Science and Engineering is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to perform research under the direction of Associate Professor Erica Corral. The selected candidate will perform independent scientific investigations and meet project deadlines specified by grants and customers of the high temperature testing laboratory. Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.
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Duties & Responsibilities
- The postdoctoral research associate will supervise research activities of subordinates in a Materials Science and Engineering research facility and manage the operations of direct current sintering equipment for materials development.
- Must be able to design and fabricate equipment used for the high temperature laboratory guided by computer aided design software (CAD) and follow through by fabricating using a combination of machining equipment, such as end mills and lathes.
- Perform independent scientific investigations into high temperature ceramics and composites using advanced research for the development of new methods and procedures for manufacturing large parts using DCS while maintaining laboratory operations in accordance with ITAR technology, when applicable.
- The postdoctoral research associate shall create and implement project management plans to meet research contract and grant milestones requested by PI which include executing deliverables, preparation of reports on research findings, and maintain daily and weekly communications with principal investigator and university research team members.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Experience with direct current sintering furnaces should include the ability to troubleshoot, repair and operate the furnace. It would be preferred if the candidate has experience with finite element modeling of the DCS process.
- Hands on experience with material characterization is needed, to include mechanical testing measurements (e.g. Vickers hardness and flexural strength) and sample preparation for microscopy imaging and grain size imaging.
- Candidate must demonstrate exceptional research capabilities, collaboration and project management skills.
- Ph.D degree in materials science or related engineering field.
- Must be U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident (Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant).
- The Postdoctoral Associate should have demonstrated scientific and technical experience in operating a direct current sintering furnace along with ability to initiate, conduct, and publish cutting-edge research.
Full Time/Part TimeFull Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week40
Job CategoryPostdoctoral Research
Benefits EligibleYes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay$47,659 Annually (DOE)
Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Posting Detail Information
Number of VacanciesOne
Desired Start Date03/20/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA EmployeesNo
Contact Information for Candidates
Regan Harrison, Program Coordinator
Open Until FilledYes
Review Begins On03/06/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.
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