Employment

Undergraduate Research Assistant

The Bentil Group, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is looking for two undergraduate research assistants (URAs) to support shock tube experiments and finite element (FE) simulation efforts. Primary duties for the experiments include optimizing the shock tube and camera optics. The URAs are also expected to help in the creation and analysis of finite element models of the shock tube experiments. The URAs will be offered ME 490 credit for their efforts, and may have the opportunity to pursue their own additional experiments within the scope of the project.

Experience with FE software such as ANSYS or ABAQUS is helpful, but is not required. Applicants should have good communication skills, and work well with people. Further, applicants must have a strong work ethic, be reliable, and organized. Interested applicants are expected to commit 5 – 10 hours to the project, each week, between 8 AM – 5PM.

Applicant Information

The position is available immediately. Applications will be processed as they arrive until the position is closed. Interested applicants should submit by email a resume and list of two references to Dr. Sarah Bentil (sbentil@iastate.edu). The subject of the email should be titled: Undergraduate Research Assistant Position.

Visit the following link to learn more about The Bentil Group’s activities: http://www.me.iastate.edu/sbentil/.


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Engine CFD Research and Experimental Validation

Applications are invited for one Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. The research objectives of this position are to (1) develop CFD models and computational algorithms related to engine spray combustion, (2) conduct experimental validations, and (3) implement user-defined functions into the CFD code, CONVERGE. The duration of the position is expected to be one year and may be renewable based on performance and availability of funding. The salary will be commensurate with the prior research experience of the applicant.

Qualifications

Candidates should have a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering or related field. Applicants with experience in (1) computational fluid dynamics and (2) engine research are highly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

The postdoctoral associate will conduct research work, attend the weekly reserach meetings, mentor graduate students in the group, and facilitate close collaborations with research sponsors. The postdoctoral associate will also publish the findings of his/her research in premier journals, present his/her research in high-impact conferences, and participate in proposal writing. Only individuals who have a strong desire to pursue an R&D career are encouraged to apply.

Applicant Information

The position is available immediately. Applications will be processed as they arrive until the position is closed. Interested applicants should submit by email (1) a cover letter that summarizes prior research experience and (2) a CV, and (3) a few representative publications CFD and/or experimental validation to Dr. Song-Charng Kong, kong@iastate.edu.


Note to Prospective Employees

Applications are submitted electronically through the university’s employment opportunities Web site, located at www.iastatejobs.com, which is used to search for openings, create an application, and formally apply for a faculty position. Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.