Employment

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Postdoctoral position is available at Iowa State University in Dr. Jonathan Claussen’s laboratory for a multi-component project that is focused on 1) electrochemical biosensing with printed graphene circuits 2) thermoelectric energy harvesting with printed telluride-based nanowires, and 2) catalyst synthesis for hydrogen peroxide decomposition and electrolysis. Applicants for this project must have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related engineering degree. Substantial research acumen in all three components of the project is required including demonstrated experience on how to inkjet print nanomaterials and characterize their electrical, electrochemical, and thermoelectric performance; synthesis and characterize nanostructured catalysts for hydrogen peroxide decomposition and water splitting reactions; as well as laser and thermal anneal printed nanomaterials. Suitable candidates must have excellent oral and written presentation skills as demonstrated in the form of a wide variety of journal article manuscripts, conference journal proceedings, poster presentations, and/or conference oral presentations. Candidates should have demonstrated a high degree of organizational and team leadership skills. Applicants should apply to this posting with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.

Required Minimum Qualifications

PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related engineering degree.
Demonstrated experience on how to inkjet print nanomaterials and characterize their electrical, electrochemical, and thermoelectric performance; synthesis and characterize nanostructured catalysts for hydrogen peroxide decomposition and water splitting reactions; as well as laser and thermal anneal printed nanomaterials.
Preferred Qualifications:
Excellent oral and written presentation skills
Experience writing journal article manuscripts, conference journal proceedings, poster presentations and/or conference oral presentations
Demonstrated organizational and team leadership skills
Department/Program & College Description:
Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) is an interdisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of humans and technology, aimed broadly at enhancing the productivity and creativity of people. The VRAC’s world-class research infrastructure supports the research of faculty and students representing all seven of ISU’s colleges, as well as the interests of collaborators from several federal agencies and numerous industry partners.

The VRAC research community spans a wide spectrum of disciplinary experts with particular strengths in state-of-the-art interaction technologies including virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) as well as mobile computing, developmental robotics, and haptics interaction. The VRAC community is also skilled at human centered design and user experience (UX) evaluation as well as assessing the effectiveness of new interaction modalities via formal user studies.

Department Unit/Website

http://www.vrac.iastate.edu/
http://www.vrac.iastate.edu/directory/faculty/?ID=jcclauss

Appointment Type

Post Doc/Trainee (Fixed Term)

Proposed Start Date

August 1, 2019

Proposed End Date or Length of Term

August 1, 2021

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

For consideration, submit application before
July 30, 2019

Job Requisition Number
R80


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.


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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 machine learning algorithms to online detect faults and predict failures of rotating machinery (e.g., motors, pumps, and rotor systems) and lithium-ion rechargeable batteries and (2) assist in validating the data analytics on an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) hardware and software platform. 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 recent Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline. Applicants with experience in (1) fault diagnostics and failure prognostics, (2) traditional machine learning and deep learning, and/or (3) experimental/computational studies of lithium-ion batteries are highly encouraged to apply. Particularly, prior research experience in one or more of the following areas are desired:

– Algorithm development for traditional machine learning and deep learning

– Algorithm development for fault diagnostics and failure prognostics

– Vibration analysis for diagnostics/prognostics of rotating machinery

– Computational modeling of lithium-ion cell designs and lifetime performance

Responsibilities

The postdoctoral associate will attend the weekly individual and group meetings, mentor at least two Ph.D. students in the group, and facilitate close collaborations with a company specialized in IIoT and predictive maintenance. 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 academic 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 to Dr. Chao Hu, chaohu@iastate.edu.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against.  Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515-294-7612, email eoofice@iastate.edu


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If interested, please email a resume to Prof. Jonghyun Lee (jolee@iastate.edu).


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Please send vita that includes education, list of relevant classes, experiences, list of publications (if applied) and list of references to Prof. Xinwei Wang (xwang3@iastate.edu)


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Please send vita that includes education, list of relevant classes, experience, list of publications, and references to Prof. Valery Levitas (vlevitas@iastate.edu).

Info about Prof. Levitas group can be found at

http://www.aere.iastate.edu/directory/?user_page=vlevitas

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Valery_Levitas?ev=prf_highl


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.