Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
Oct 11, 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: 10-10-2017

Posting Summary:
The Computational Materials Group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia seeks a Research Associate to work on a new collaborative project aimed at the development of advanced methods of carbon fibers fabrication from organic precursors. The ideal candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research team working on optimization of atomic structure of carbon fibers through targeted experiments and multiscale modeling of chemical reactions and structural rearrangements occurring at different stages of the carbon fiber fabrication. Large-scale atomistic and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of the mechanical properties of the carbon fibers are of particular interest in this project.

The Research Associate is expected to

(1) Conduct cutting edge fundamental research in the area of computational materials science, with initial focus on modeling the structure and properties of carbon fibers. The project involves the development of new computational models and their implementation in massively parallel computer codes.

(2) Present research findings at national and international research conferences; publish in high impact journals.

(3) Contribute to the day-to-day operations of the Computational Materials Group at the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the University of Virginia, assist members of the Group in accessing national supercomputing resources, and provide mentoring to undergraduate and graduate students.

(4) Interact with external collaborators to strengthen existing research projects in the Computational Materials Group. Contribute to the preparation of new funding proposals for sponsored research.

The requirements of the position include a PhD degree in Materials Science, established expertise in atomistic modeling and parallel programming, as evidenced by journal publications.

To apply, visit and search job posting number 0621867. 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 position will remain open until filled.

With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences

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