Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Materials Science & Engineering

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Materials Science & Engineering

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The University of Tennessee is pleased to announce an immediate opening for a post-doctoral research associate position focused on alloy design and advanced processing of Rare Earth Element (REE) alloys for structural applications. The research includes the processing science of advanced manufacturing methods such as consolidation of nanostructured alloy powders, additive manufacturing, and thermo-mechanical processing.

This position resides at the Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing at the University of Tennessee (IAMM-UT), in Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and will be co-supervised by Profs. Eric Lass and Orlando Rios.  The successful candidate will have a significant role in designing industry scale research programs to effectively transition science and IP to pilot scale manufacturing with the support of a diverse research team along with a leading role in basic science understanding of processing to structure and properties.

The program includes multiple national laboratories and industrial partners within aerospace, defense, nuclear and transportation. The research group at UT will lead the characterization of materials produced by the UT laboratories, national laboratories and industry partners. Characterization techniques include SEM, TEM, XRD and total scattering (PDF). The research program includes advanced characterization using neutron sources and high energy x-ray sources. The position will allow the postdoctoral scientist to develop expertise and broaden experience by through close collaboration with a diverse set of scientists at UT, Ames, ORNL, LLNL, INL, and industry.  The initial appointment is a regular, full-time assignment of 12-24 months.


The applicant must have a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or a related field, or will complete degree requirements by December 31, 2021.  The ideal candidate will have experience in one of more of the following: materials processing, microstructural characterization and/or mechanical properties evaluation with expertise/interest in neutron and synchrotron methods for advanced structural characterization.  Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a demonstrated track record in publishing, are required.   

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Materials Science & Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Oct 13, 2021, 4:05:34 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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