Post-Doctoral Research Associate- Materials Science & Engineering

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The University of Tennessee has an opening of a research associate/postdoctoral position for advanced scanning probe microscopy of electronic and ionic transport phenomena in materials for energy (batteries and fuel cells) and information (memristors, ferroelectrics) storage and photoinduced phenomena in hybrid perovskites. The strong emphasis is made on machine learning based analysis of the multidimensional data and development of the automated experiment workflows. This position resides in University of Tennessee, Institute for Advanced Materials & Manufacturing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The postdoc will be supervised by Prof. Sergei V. Kalinin at UT and will work closely with scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The initial appointment is a temporary full-time assignment of 12 months.


extensive experience with scanning probe microscopy methods, including Piezoresponse Force Microscopy and associated spectroscopies. The candidate should be interested in development and exploration of novel SPM modes including imaging under bias, light, and chemical stimuli. Familiarity with general materials science of the materials with ferroelectric, mixed electronic-ionic functionalities, and physics of photovoltaics. Basic knowledge of Python and strong interest in learning ML applications for experimental data analytics. Hands-on experience with IoT and device programming (Raspberry Pi, Arduino) is not required, but is a strong plus. Present and report research results and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals in a timely manner. Work collaboratively in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues.

Applicants must hold a graduate level degree (PhD) in materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, physics, or closely related field of study and have an established record of excellence in their area of specialization.  

Finalists for this position may be asked to provide information about investigations and findings related to sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assaults, dating/domestic violence, and stalking during their current or immediately previous employment (if not currently employed).

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Materials Science & Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jan 27, 2023, 7:21:46 AM


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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