Applications are invited for a McKnight postdoctoral associate (job code 9546) in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) at the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD). The position may be renewed for up to two years based on performance and availability of funding. This is a 12-month teaching and research position beginning August 19, 2019 or later with teaching duties (2 courses annually) in the Advanced Material Science (AMS) Master’s program. The remainder of the time will be engaged in research in the areas of, and not limited to, additive manufacturing, lignin based polymers and Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites. Master of Science in AMS is a new graduate program at UMD directed towards students in science and engineering looking for careers in industry. The curriculum differs from traditional Master’s program with a dedicated first year ‘core’ curriculum that covers the life cycle of different materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composite materials) in modules. The core program will be taught in an interdisciplinary fashion using translational and project-based learning methods with an emphasis on interactional expertise and real world connection. The deadline for priority consideration is August 15, 2019. Review of complete applications will start August 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
Teaching (50%): Teach two courses annually in the Advanced Material Science Program. Develop course content as needed. Collaborate with other interdisciplinary faculty members teaching the core program
Research (50%): Participate in the on-going research projects on additive manufacturing, lignin based polymers and FRP Composites. Co-author and present research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Co-author grant proposals to internal and external agencies. Participate in collaborative meetings with experts from Natural Resources Research Institute and faculty members from Industrial & Chemical Engineering Departments. Supervise undergraduate and Master’s students. Develop Standard Operating Procedures and safety protocols as needed.
An earned doctorate degree from an accredited university by June 1st 2019 in Mechanical, Materials Science, Aerospace, Chemical, or Petroleum engineering.
Solid background in materials and processing with emphasis on additive manufacturing, thermoplastic polymers and/or FRP composites.
Highly motivated team player, passionate about teaching, fluent in English with good writing skills.
Experience with a variety of laboratory tools such as Intron testing machine, DSC, TGA, etc. used in the Materials Science field.
Internal Number: 328819
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