Research Associate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-03-11
Req: R0003857

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia seeks candidates for one Research Associate positions to assist in experimental mechanics of advanced materials in Professor Xiaodong (Chris) Li's lab.

The Research Associate is expected to perform materials and mechanical characterization and finite element analysis of composite materials and coatings, and write reports and technical papers.

QUALIFCATION REQUIRMENTS: A PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering or related field is required by the start date of the position.  The successful candidate shall have a background in experimental mechanics of advanced composites and coatings. Experience with materials characterization, experimental mechanics, and mechanical characterization techniques, including but not limited to digital image correlation, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray diffraction, X-ray computed tomography as well as mechanical testing techniques, including but not limited to tension/compression testing and indentation is required.  Good written and oral communication skills is required.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at  by attaching a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on March 21, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled.

This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Xiaodong (Chris) Li at [email protected] .

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom at [email protected] .

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 3/12/2019
Application Due: 11/25/2019
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