Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 05-16-2017

Posting Summary:
The High Temperature Materials Lab in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science seeks candidates for a Research Associate to develop scientific research test capability; and to conduct, interpret and communicate results associated with high temperature materials oxidation and volatilization projects. These projects involve oxidation of metal and ceramic systems, volatilization of ceramic systems in steam, and environmental durability of protective oxide coatings.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Extensive experience with utilizing multiple materials processing methods including ball milling, Spark Plasma Sintering, and arc-melting.
Extensive experience with developing and utilizing experimental capabilities such as hightemperature controlledenvironment furnaces, TGA/DSC, dilatometry, ICPOES, data acquisition, temperature control, automated experimental control as well as materials characterization methods such as metallography, XRD, SEM/EDS, TEM and ToF-SIMS.
Computational skills in thermodynamic modeling utilizing FactSage, ThermoCalc, or equivalent and Finite Element Analysis using ANSYS or equivalent.
Ability to plan and execute experiments, analyze, interpret, and model high temperature materials oxidation and volatilization reactions interpreting results toward understanding fundamental aspects of materials thermochemical and kinetics behavior.
Evidence of prior success in the form of archival publications in thermochemical aspects of high temperature materials behavior is a significant plus to the credentials of a successful candidate.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree at the time of hire in Materials Science and Engineering or equivalent including a thesis dissertation with emphasis on thermochemical mechanisms of oxidation/corrosion/volatilization of high temperature material systems along with evidence of good written and oral English language skills for writing papers and progress reports on scientific research, and for interacting with other researchers and program sponsors.

To apply, visit and search posting number 0620873. Complete an online candidate profile and attach a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.

Please contact Jeannie Reese at with any questions.

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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