Research Associate in Materials Science and Engineering

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-13
Req: R0019992

Professor John R. Scully in the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate.

The researcher primarily will work on a prestigious new DOE Energy Frontiers Research Project (EFRC) named FUTURE (Fundamental Understandings of Transport and Reaction under Reactor Extremes). Focus includes understanding how RTILs and molten salts affect the double layer, alter the air formed passive oxide, control the in-situ film formation/growth/alteration layer behavior, and create a diffusion controlled depletion or enrichment zone in the alloy under the surface and at the oxide metal interface of model structural materials. Moreover, the project will study how these factors regulate environmental reactivity of single elements, binary and ternary model alloys. Behavior in ILs will be compared to room temperature aqueous, dry air, and hot water environments. Additional responsibilities include studying the role of additional defects produced in such films induced by harsh environments. The project involves extensive collaboration within UVA and with US DOE National Labs, travel, conference attendance, report writing and report presentations at project meetings as well as wide networking needed for establishing a research career. The project will emphasize production of archival journal publications. The candidate needs to possess excellent command of the English language in both the written and spoken.

A secondary project will involve study of corrosion resistant alloys and their local attack by halides leading to breakdown of passivity. Similar requirements as mentioned above also apply. To manage these activities, the successful candidate must master time management and supervise undergraduate students to help conduct research necessary to meet project goals and work well with others.

Qualification requirements: A PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related field is required or five years’ experience on the job in materials science and engineering. Experience in electrochemistry, materials science, chemistry and surface science is required. Prior experience with ionic liquids, glove boxes, surface characterization tools (AFM, XPS, Raman), materials characterization (XRD, SEM, EBSD), and AC/DC electrochemical methods is preferred and the ideal candidate will possess most of these attributes. Candidates must also have the ability to manage multiple projects.

Application procedure: Apply online at and attach a one-page cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on November 24, 2020, but the position 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 for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions regarding this position, please contact John Scully, Professor, at

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

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

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Posted: 11/14/2020
Application Due: 1/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time