Postdoctoral Research Associate - Materials Science (Alloy Processing) | Washington State University Job at Washington State University, Washington DC

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  • Washington State University
  • Washington DC

Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Materials Science (Alloy Processing)

Available Title(s):
306-NN_FACULTY - Postdoctoral Research Associate

Business Title:
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Materials Science (Alloy Processing)

Employee Type:
Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

Position Term:
12 Month

Position Details:

Summary of Duties: The Postdoctoral Research Associate is responsible for the development and processing of advanced materials, particularly multi-functional high-performance metallic alloys. We utilize a variety of processing and fabrication methods, including vacuum induction melting and permanent mold casting, in addition to material testing and characterization techniques such as optical microscopy, SEM, and mechanical testing.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recent Ph.D. degree in Materials Science, Physical Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering or related field with a strong experimental background.
  • Strong academic and research background related to material processing or electro-mechanical systems.
  • Hands-on experience with material processing and characterization, or electro-mechanical systems.
  • Graduate or post-graduate experience at a U.S. Academic Institution or National Laboratory.
  • Good oral and written communication skills (i.e., ability to engage in deep scientific discussions, technical problems and clearly express and understand ideas, and ability to summarize research results in a succinct written manner).
  • Ability to perform independent research.
  • Critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, and accountability.
  • Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Defense facilities to gain access to restricted areas/information.




Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experimental background in processing of titanium alloys.
  • Proficiency in microstructure characterization and phase identification.
  • Hands-on experience on SEM, optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction.
  • Hands-on experience on vacuum equipment and high vacuum systems.
  • A solid theoretical background in the thermodynamics and kinetics of solidification.
  • Experience on induction melting, laboratory arc-melting, and plasma melting.
  • Experience with modeling of heat transfer/fluid flow with a solid theoretical background.
  • Experience with FLOW-3D or similar casting simulation software.
  • Proficiency in CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, AutoCAD) and laboratory software (e.g., LabVIEW, MatLab).
  • Experience in data mining, machine learning using systems such as Python/Minitab.
  • Ability to perform statistical analyses and apply statistical calculations.




Additional Information:



Area/College: College of Arts and Sciences

Department Name: Institute of Shock Physics/Applied Sciences Laboratory

City, State, Zip: Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Department Link: Applied Sciences Laboratory

Annual Salary: $66,000-$72,000 | In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate's current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For additional information, please review the detailed Summary of Benefits offered by WSU for Faculty and Total Compensation .

FTE: 100%

Tenure Track: No. Subsequent renewals are subject to performance appraisal, mutual consent, and available funding. Continual funding is anticipated.

Posting Close Date: This recruitment has been extended to close on Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 11:59 P.M. Screening has begun and will remain ongoing until the vacancy is filled.

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.



Application Instructions:



External candidates , please upload all documents in the 'Resume/CV' section of your application.



Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the 'Resume/Cover Letter' section of your application.


Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files. Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible. Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.



Required Documents:

  • Cover letter to the attention of Dr. Atakan Peker explicitly addressing the qualifications for this position and date of availability
  • Curriculum Vitae



WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.


WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu .



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