Research Associate in Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-08-25
Req: R0017960

The Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia are seeking to fill a joint postdoctoral research associate position focused on understanding and quantifying the structure and thermal properties of novel and superlattice materials for energy applications and precipitation-hardened magnesium alloys for structural applications.

The successful candidate, under general oversight of the principal investigators and in collaboration with research sponsors, will utilize state-of-the-art scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) techniques to quantify the atomic structure, chemistry, bonding, electronic and phononic properties of various material systems, principally novel superlattice materials and magnesium alloys, to establish a quantitative understanding of material properties. The candidate will also utilize laser-based pump-probe systems to measure the thermal properties of materials (such as SSTR and TDTR), including thin films and superlattices. The successful applicant will also participate in guiding graduate students working on the projects to acquire and analyze their data, as well as helping to draft proposals, reports, and research papers. The appointment will be for one-year, renewable pending satisfactory performance and funding.

QUALIFICATION REQUIRMENTS: A Ph.D. degree in Materials Science or a related field is required by the start date. Applicants must be able to utilize a Themis Z monochromated STEM equipped with a Gatan energy filter and K2 camera, and be familiar with techniques such as energy-dispersive and electron energy-loss spectroscopy, electron diffraction, differential phase contrast, bright and annular dark-field STEM imaging, energy-filtered diffraction and imaging, etc. In addition, an excellent working knowledge of electron microscope data interpretation and analysis by computer techniques, as well as a firm background in crystallography, materials science, solid-state physics, particularly as related to electron and thermal phonon behavior, interfaces and phase transformations, are required. Good oral and written communication skills are essential.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on September 5, 2020 and the posting will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Professors James M. Howe, or Patrick E. Hopkins, at, or, respectively.

For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

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

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Posted: 8/27/2020
Application Due: 11/25/2020
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