Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
Mar 14, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 03-13-2018

Posting Summary:
The Rotating Machinery and Controls (ROMAC) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia seeks candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. ROMAC is an industrial research consortium which performs research in a broad range of application areas related to turbomachinery. The individual will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of faculty, graduate students and research professionals.
The focus of the position is research on rotating machinery ? focusing specifically on bearing, seal, rotordynamic, and lubricant performance. The successful candidate may supervise or coordinate the work of graduate research assistants, students, and others in executing projects and activities supporting the Rotating Machinery and Controls Laboratory (ROMAC) in the department.

Duties include directing the development of new computational methods based on a combination of commercial software and in-house development software. The successful candidate will interact with representatives from the ROMAC member companies, and will attend professional meetings, give presentations at conferences as well as at ROMAC's Annual meeting, publish journal articles, and help prepare proposals for funding opportunities.

Candidates must have completed all requirements for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field with a strong background and experience in turbomachinery. Knowledge and experience in specific subjects such as rotor dynamics, bearings, seals, and computational modeling of rotating machinery is required. The successful candidate will also have a record of publications in turbomachinery journals and presentations at turbomachinery conferences.

The position is open immediately and the initial appointment will be for 1 year with possible renewals depending on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance of the candidate.
US News and World Report constantly ranks UVA among the top 3 public universities in the nation and the top 30 among all universities, public and private. Charlottesville is frequently cited as one of the best cities in which to live and work, with Richmond and Washington DC only 70 and 110 miles away. More information about Charlottesville, UVA, faculty benefits, dual careers, and other topics can be found at the Faculty and Candidate Guide:

To apply, visit and search for posting 0622839. Complete a Candidate Profile online; attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page letter of research interest, and contact information for three professional references.
Questions regarding the position can be directed to Houston Wood at Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Jackie Slaughter-Scott at

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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