Date Posted: Apr 3, 2019
- Virginia Tech
- Location: Blacksburg, VA
- Job Number: 7056758
- Posting Date: Apr 3, 2019
About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.
Postdoc associate in piezoelectrics material processing and multi-functional materials
Advanced Manufacturing and Metamaterials Laboratory (https://www.raynexzheng.com/) directed by Dr. Xiaoyu “Rayne” Zheng at Virginia Tech seeks highly motivated and exceptional postdoc scholars in the broad area of piezoelectric material synthesis and design. Our group draws on principles from mechanics, material science and advanced manufacturing techniques to pursue innovations on 3D hierarchical, multi- material architected metamaterials and explore their extraordinary structural and functional properties for a wide range of applications in structural, flexible electronics and energy conversions. Located at the Corporate Research Center with more than 10,000 sqft lab and facilities space, our group is affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering and Macromolecues Innovation Institute at Virginia Tech.
- Synthesize, processing and manufacture custom piezoelectric materials
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
- Collaborate/mentor with other team members to manufacture designed materials with a suite of advanced manufacturing/additive manufacturing techniques.
Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is widely recognized by national rankings as a vibrant and desirable community with affordable living, world-class outdoor recreation, an active arts community, and a diverse international population. Virginia Tech’s Mechanical Engineering (which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program), has 59 faculty, annual research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment of 340 graduate students with 180 students at doctoral level, and over 1100 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 14th and 22nd out of all mechanical engineering programs in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by U.S. News and World Report. The Department includes several research centers and its faculty members are engaged in diverse multidisciplinary research activities. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College level centers such as the recently established Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) in advanced systems diagnostics, and the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS); and state level industry-academic research centers such as the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).
- PhD in engineering or related field in the design of architected materials. Mechanical engineering, civil, material science and engineering, mechanics, or electrical engineering will be considered.
- Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and background in fields related to transducers, sensors, material synthesis and processing, characterizations and polymers.
- Demonstrated ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Demonstrated proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Demonstrated initiative and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
- Knowledge of multi-functional materials (piezoelectric, ferroic, actuations and sensing)
Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates should send your detailed CV, representative publications, and contact information of at least three reference to Prof. Rayne Zheng.