Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
May 22, 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: 05-10-2018

Posting Summary:
The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia seeks candidates for a postdoctoral research associate to work with Professor Patrick Hopkins. Primary responsibilities will be to assist in the measurements of thermal properties of thin film materials and interfaces using optical, non-contact thermoreflectance-based measurements.

Additional duties include: 1) using existing time and frequency domain thermoreflectance systems to measure the thermal boundary conductance across interfaces over a wide temperature range; 2) building and developing novel pump-probe laser based thermoemetry system based on wavelength tunable pulsed laser sources and an array of continuous wave laser sources with different wavelengths; 3) working with and advising graduate students; and 4) managing active DoD program, which will include interactions with other institutions on the team and assisting in reports. Extensive prior experience with time domain thermoreflectance to measure the thermal properties of nano systems is required. The successful candidate will have published in high impact journals in the fields of physics and/or nanotechnology.
Candidates must have completed all requirements for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering or Physics (or equivalent).

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0623253. Complete a Candidate Profile online; attach a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor Patrick Hopkins,

For questions about the application process, please contact Rhiannon O'Coin 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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