Research Associate III

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Research Associate IIIThe applicant will be a materials synthesis specialist in a ceramics fabrication laboratory. Their role is to develop materials solutions through powder processing for deliverables to industry sponsors or funding agencies. They will require both physical specimens, and also supporting characterization either generated by the applicant or supporting students. In the long-term, developing connections as a co-PI with other internal university PIs would be essential for successful funding.

Job Function/Responsibilities:

  • Training and supervising both undergraduate and graduate students primarily on Pulsed Electric Current Sintering, and providing pedagogy in refractory metals and ceramics materials engineering.
  • Upgrading or revising ESH, Export Controlled Inventory, quality assurance (QA) and data flow, laboratory inventory and possible implementation of Radiological Safety.
  • The position demands the ability to mainstream and coordinate data flow between different projects and their associated sponsors and collaborators via emails, reports and publications.
  • Developing connections as a co-Pl with other internal university Pis and supporting proposals with laboratory resources. Position will conduct independent research on materials solutions through powder processing. They will publish results in peer reviewed journals.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of processing, synthesis - especially diffusion based processing. Qualitative knowledge of displacement reactions needed.
  • Knowledge of how high temperature and special equipment operates, including consequences of removing dependencies and "what if' scenarios on equipment.
  • Skill in controlling variables needed for specific outcomes in synthesis
  • Ability to coordinate resources and personnel toward project outcomes
  • Ability to converge and eliminate synthesis variables toward single outcome
  • Ability to write scientific literature
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ceramic and refractory materials
  • Solid-state materials
Required level/type of experience and/or years of experience:

  • Master's degree in a materials or chemistry synthesis field plus three years' experience, or a current or pending PhD in (preferably ceramics) synthesis related work.
Preferred level/type of experience and/or years of experience:

  • PhD in (preferably ceramics) synthesis related work.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Nuclear Engineering
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 28, 2022, 3:49:35 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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