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Postdoctoral Position - Materials Micro-Characterization Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh

Department: MEMS

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the Materials Micro-Characterization Laboratory (MMCL) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Pittsburgh. The MMCL offers shared-user access to electron-, ion- and x-ray-based micro-analysis resources, and serves the diverse needs of a growing community of academic and industry users. The MMCL instruments include field-emission transmission and scanning electron microscopes (TEM and SEM), which are equipped for composition and crystal orientation analyses, as well as x-ray-diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy and nano-mechanical testing equipment, and features a suite of state-of-the-art instruments for advanced electron microscopy specimen preparation.

The position is available for a micro-characterization specialist for materials science applications. With a focus on metals, ceramics and composites, the successful candidate will directly work with users to initiate and execute materials research primarily with EM and XRD methods. This includes sample preparation and interpretation of the results, preparation of reports and publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as participation in technical and scientific meetings to disseminate research results. Also, he/she will conduct user training, co-manage day-to-day MMCL operations, ensure peak performance and improvement of instruments, work with department and laboratory leadership in strategic build-out of the MMCL, promote its service capabilities on and off campus, and engage in outreach and limited teaching activities.

A PhD in materials science, physics, chemistry, or a related field, and at least two years of documented hands-on experience with modern SEM, TEM and XRD instrumentation in high-level research of crystalline materials are required. Apart from good communication and interpersonal skills, the qualified candidate will have acquired superior competency with the relevant theoretical knowledge. Familiarity with modern computer programming and optimization techniques, simulations of EM and XRD data, and post-acquisition data processing and analyses using popular software is desirable. Candidates with experience operating user facilities and expertise with advanced EM techniques are of particular interest.

The position is available as early as September 1, 2017, with an initial appointment for one year and the possibility of extension for subsequent years, depending on performance and availability of funding. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for at least two (2) references electronically to the attention of Professor Wiezorek at Wiezorek@pitt.edu.

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Contact Name: Professor Wiezorek
Contact Email: Wiezorek@pitt.edu