Research Associate in Materials Science and Engineering

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-05-05
Req: R0024176

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in materials for energy conversion in the framework of an ongoing research effort on moist electrical generators (MEG). Primary duties include the design, synthesis and development of novel conversion energy systems for energy storage and delivery. The work will involve chemical and solid-state synthesis to generate oxide materials, tailoring of their properties and structure as well as functional characterization, with the objective to add to the knowledge base of fluid materials for conversion to electricity.

The successful candidate will be familiar with most or all of the following research areas: electrochemistry, materials synthesis and characterization (including among others X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, electrochemical techniques). Additional responsibilities include the development of an efficient, reliable MEG for energy conversion; managing laboratory facilities, performing measurements, updating equipment, developing procedures for operation and safety; and assisting in drafting proposals, reports, and research papers.

Qualification requirements: A Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering or a closely related field. A strong technical aptitude and working knowledge of electrochemistry, materials science and energy storage technology. Attention to detail and good record keeping ability. Excellent oral and written communication

Application procedure: Apply online at and attach a cover letter, 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 May 15, 2021, 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 Prof. Giovanni Zangari at

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

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, 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 or expression, 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: 5/6/2021
Application Due: 7/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time